Ionad Cultúrtha do Chonamara?

Ionad Cultúrtha do Chonamara?

Ionad Cultúrtha do Chonamara?

Why is it so difficult to experience the musical culture of the west of Ireland?

What I Meant to Say Is...

What I Meant to Say Is...

What I Meant to Say Is...

What role does metaphor play in music?

The Art of Money

The Art of Money

The Art of Money

How the arts can get through this recession

Music Beyond the Curtain

Music Beyond the Curtain

Music Beyond the Curtain

The roll of jazz in Eastern Europe through the decades

The New Rough Deal

The New Rough Deal

The New Rough Deal

How old music becomes new

The Diary of Jon Boden

The Diary of Jon Boden

The Diary of Jon Boden

Jon Boden is a singer and fiddle-player born in Chicago and raised inWinchester, England.

The Irish Musical Monthly

The Irish Musical Monthly

The Irish Musical Monthly

Front cover (recto and verso) of the first issue of The Irish Musical Monthly, an early twentieth-century Dublin periodicalThe Irish Musical Monthly.

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’.

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

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

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!

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.

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.

The Quiet Club / Danny McCarthy

The Quiet Club / Danny McCarthy

Tesla/ LISTEN hEAR Farpoint RecordingsThe brilliance of the Quiet Club, the Cork-based ‘entity’ of Danny McCarthy and Mick O’Shea, is best apprehended live.

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.

Simon Mawhinney

Simon Mawhinney

Batu. Barcode III.

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

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...

Live: Lionel Loueke Trio

Live: Lionel Loueke Trio

J.J. Smyth’s, Dublin15 March 2009It is surprising that jazz, which owes so much to its African roots, does not return to the creative well of African culture more often.

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

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

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

'Write Whatever You Want'

'Write Whatever You Want'

'Write Whatever You Want'

A period of freedom – and tension – in Chicago jazz through the playing of Anthony Braxton and the AACM

Dirty Desire

Dirty Desire

Dirty Desire

Why Japanese pop artists are ditching romance, language and identity

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

Recent Publications

Recent Publications

LISTINGS FROM THE IRISH TRADITIONAL MUSIC ARCHIVEContinued from The Journal of Music April–May 2009CDS PUBLISHED 2008–2009Blackthorn Band, instrumental & vocal group, The River that Runs Below, Hobgoblin Records HOBCD1009, 2008Burke, Ke

Online Radio Guide

Online Radio Guide

CLASSICAL/EARLYCD Review Andrew McGregor Sat, 9:00am www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/cdreview/Classical Collection Sarah Walker Mon–Fri, 10:00am www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/classicalcollection Composer of the Week Donal Macleod Mon–Fri, 12:00pm www.bbc.co.uk

Oddbox

Oddbox

Oddbox

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

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...

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

Radar

Radar

Radar

Yannis Kyriakides, whose online installation forms part of Sound and Music’s first season Sound and MusicSound and Music has launched its first season.

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

Don't Bother Reading This

Don't Bother Reading This

Don't Bother Reading This

The discourse around music serves only to divide us

He's Just Not That Into You

He's Just Not That Into You

He's Just Not That Into You

Have we lost clear sight of the purpose of music criticism?