June/July 2009

The Irishness of Irish Music

The Irishness of Irish Music

The Irishness of Irish MusicJohn O’FlynnAshgate (Surrey and Vermont, 2009)It is a fact that music genres which originate outside Ireland tend not to be regarded as ‘Irish’.

Published on 1 June 2009

Fintan Vallely lectures in traditional music at Dundalk Institute of Technology. He is author of several biographical and ethnographic books on the music, and is editor of the A-Z reference work Companion to Irish Traditional Music.

The Making of Irish Traditional Music

The Making of Irish Traditional Music

The Making of Irish Traditional MusicHelen O’SheaCork University Press (2008)One of the duties of musicology is that it must look at the way we structure our musical practice – socially, conceptually, culturally and musically (if you can re

Published on 1 June 2009

Niall Keegan is a traditional flute player and course director of the MA in Irish Traditional Music Performance at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance.

Benjamin Dwyer

Benjamin Dwyer

Twelve Études for GuitarGamelan Media (GAM0004)Reviewing a live performance by Benjamin Dwyer of his Twelve Études for Guitar in the The Journal of Music last year, Rob Casey applauded the diverse technical challenges and genre-spanning rea

Published on 1 June 2009

Michael Quinn is a freelance music and theatre journalist based in Co. Down.

Recorded: Togetherness

Recorded: Togetherness

TogethernessLiving Room Project (LRP 004)Since its debut early last year, the Dublin quartet Togetherness has grown into one of the leading lights of the Irish jazz scene. Impressive performances at 12Points!

Published on 1 June 2009

Kevin Stevens is is a Dublin-based novelist and writer on history, literature, and jazz.

Dermy Diamond, Tara Diamond and Dáithí Sproule

Dermy Diamond, Tara Diamond and Dáithí Sproule

Seanchairde/Old Friends3-Scones-2008-001The fiddle-playing of Dermy Diamond is the revelation on this trio recording. Although a familiar figure on the Irish traditional music scene, this is the first recording that carries his name.

Published on 1 June 2009

Toner Quinn is founder and publisher of The Journal of Music. www.tonerquinn.com

Liz Carroll and John Doyle

Liz Carroll and John Doyle

Double PlayCompass Records 7 4502 2 First appearing together on the 2000 album Lost in the Loop, this is the second CD which features the pairing presented as a duet, acknowledging the importance of Doyle’s contribution to the recording’s.

Published on 1 June 2009

Adrian Scahill is a lecturer in traditional music at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

Francesco Turrisi

Francesco Turrisi

Si Dolce è il TormentoDiatribe DIACD003Francesco Turrisi is an Italian pianist, accordionist and percussionist who has been brightening the Irish jazz scene with his unique blend of influences since moving to Dublin three years ago.

Published on 1 June 2009

Kevin Stevens is is a Dublin-based novelist and writer on history, literature, and jazz.

Ergodos Festival

Ergodos Festival

Gamelan Sekar Petak, Neil Sorrell (director); The Gong Agenda; Michelle O’Rourke (soprano); Salil Sachdev (metal bowl, djembe, hang); Joe Browning (shakuhachi), Jonathan Sage (clarinet); Linda Buckley (voice)National Concert Hall, Dublin, 1

Published on 1 June 2009

Rob Casey is a Dublin-based musician and composer of electronic and acoustic music.

Otomo Yoshihide / Sachiko M

Otomo Yoshihide / Sachiko M

Café Oto, London9–11 March 2009Otomo Yoshihide and Sachiko M’s three-day residency at Café Oto featured them in solo and duo performances, in addition to group improvisations alongside musicians such as Eddie Prévost, Christian...

Published on 1 June 2009

Stephen Graham is an editor at www.musicalcriticism.com and blogs at www.robotsdancingalone.wordpress.com

Live: Kevin Volans

Live: Kevin Volans

Kevin Volans (piano); Jennifer Walshe (vocals); Crash Ensemble: Emily Thyne (violin), Lisa Grosman (viola), Kate Ellis (cello), Malachy Robinson (double bass), John Godfrey (piano), Deirdre O’Leary (clarinet), Andrew Crowley (trumpet), Owen

Published on 1 June 2009

Garrett Sholdice is a composer and a director of the music production company Ergodos.

Seamus Heaney

Seamus Heaney

RTÉ Vanbrugh QuartetIrish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin3 April 2009In Stepping Stones, the book of interviews with Seamus Heaney conducted by Dennis O’Driscoll, the poet does not give the impression that he actively seeks out music, whether

Published on 1 June 2009

Barra Ó Séaghdha is a writer on cultural politics, literature and music and was previously co-editor of Graph cultural review

Live: Sonnets

Live: Sonnets

Berliner Ensemble, Berlin12 April 2009Pairing the director Robert Wilson and the musician Rufus Wainwright in a theatrical production to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the publication of Shakespeare’s sonnets was a courageous commission

Published on 1 June 2009

Bare Ruin'd Choirs

Bare Ruin'd Choirs

Bare Ruin'd Choirs

A crisis of identity in choral music is leaving it professionally sidelined and with little status in society

Published on 1 June 2009

Paul Hilier is a baritone and a choral conductor. He is currently Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the National Chamber Choir of Ireland.

Oddbox

Oddbox

Oddbox

The first in a series of curious anecdotes from musical history.

Published on 1 June 2009

Barra Ó Séaghdha is a writer on cultural politics, literature and music and was previously co-editor of Graph cultural review

Inbox

Inbox

Music That’s Good ValueClare Keville, Galway, writes:In ‘Music That’s Good Value’, (April–May), Toner Quinn writes that the ‘2009 winner of the Gradam Ceoil reflects a key belief in traditional music, that the contribution...

Published on 1 June 2009

Mantra

Mantra

Mantra

Kuljit Bhamra, Shahid Khan, the Orlando Consort and Jonathan Mayer Described as ‘musical conversations across the Indian Ocean’, Mantra is a new work cultivated by the National Centre for Early Music (York) which combines sixteenth-century

Published on 1 June 2009

From the Editor

From the Editor

There are many issues involved in writing about music, some of which are addressed in this issue in articles by John McLachlan and Bob Gilmore, but traditional-music criticism has problems all of its own.Unlike other genres, the body of hig

Published on 1 June 2009

Toner Quinn is founder and publisher of The Journal of Music. www.tonerquinn.com