March/April 2007

What's Wrong with the Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM)?

What's Wrong with the Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM)?

What's Wrong with the Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM)?

If we cared as much about our musical life as we do about our national theatre we would already have seen the Royal Irish Academy of Music discussed in the same terms as the Abbey, argues former RIAM Governor Richard Pine.

Published on 1 March 2007

Richard Pine, Director of the Durrell School of Corfu, is a former Concerts Manager in RTÉ. He is the author and editor of books on Irish music history and of definitive studies of Oscar Wilde, Brian Friel and Lawrence Durrell.

Tiger Ireland, Turd Sniffers & Meta-Trad: People, Power and the Pursuit of Privileged Status in Music in Ireland

Tiger Ireland, Turd Sniffers & Meta-Trad: People, Power and the Pursuit of Privileged Status in Music in Ireland

Tiger Ireland, Turd Sniffers & Meta-Trad: People, Power and the Pursuit of Privileged Status in Music in Ireland

At a recent conference on 'Music and Identity in Ireland' one of the general editors of the forthcoming Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland implied that traditional music is lacking in scholarly analysis.

Published on 1 March 2007

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.

CD Reviews: Geantraí: Ceol den Scoth ón tSraith Teilifíse

CD Reviews: Geantraí: Ceol den Scoth ón tSraith Teilifíse

GeantraíCeol den Scoth ón tSraith TeilifíseGael Linn CEFDVD189, CEFCD 189This DVD and CD marks ten years of the TG4 series Geantraí, and is a useful and thoroughly enjoyable compilation documenting the variety and vigour of contemporary...

Published on 1 March 2007

Adrian Scahill is a lecturer in traditional music at Maynooth University.

Siobhán Ní Laoire at the Sean-nós Cois Life Traditional Singing Festival, 1993

Siobhán Ní Laoire at the Sean-nós Cois Life Traditional Singing Festival, 1993

Siobhán Ní Laoire at the Sean-nós Cois Life Traditional Singing Festival, 1993

Dublin singer Siobhán Ní Laoire at an event of the Sean-Nós Cois Life Traditional Singing Festival on 2 April 1993 in the Góilín Club at the Ferryman, Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin 2, with fellow-singers Clíona...

Published on 1 March 2007

Recent publications: Listings from the Contemporary Music Centre

Recent publications: Listings from the Contemporary Music Centre

Continued from JMI Jan–Feb 2006NEW WORKS RECEIVED Ball, Derek, A Brightness of the Upper Cheek [2006], T-solo, Bar-solo, 3333 4000 timp hrp str; The Caves of Padirac [2006], 2 tpt hn trb tuba.Bodley, Seóirse, Islands [2006], gui.Farrell, Ci

Published on 1 March 2007

Recent publications: Listings from the Irish Traditional Music Archive

Recent publications: Listings from the Irish Traditional Music Archive

Continued from JMI Jan–Feb 2007CDs PUBLISHED 2006–2007Balscadden Sound, vocal & instrumental duet, City of Savannah, McKenna & Clarke n.n., 2006Bourke, Malachy, & Donnacha Dwyer, fiddle & uilleann pipes, Bourke and Dwyer, Bo

Published on 1 March 2007

Live Reviews: Horizons: Donnacha Dennehy / Strange Folk!: Crash Ensemble and Iarla Ó Lionáird

Live Reviews: Horizons: Donnacha Dennehy / Strange Folk!: Crash Ensemble and Iarla Ó Lionáird

Horizons: Featured composer – Donnacha DennehyRTÉ NSO, Darragh Morgan (violin), National Chamber Choir (David Darcy, chorus master), Gavin Maloney (cond.)NCH, Dublin, 30 January 2007Strange Folk!: Crash Ensemble & Iarla Ó LionáirdSamuel

Published on 1 March 2007

Barra Ó Séaghdha is a writer on cultural politics, literature and music.

CD Reviews: John Spillane & Louis de Paor: The Gaelic Hit Factory

CD Reviews: John Spillane & Louis de Paor: The Gaelic Hit Factory

John Sillane & Louis de PaorThe Gaelic Hit FactoryEMI, CDGHF1John Spillane and Louis de Paor’s first album together, The Gaelic Hit Factory, brings a contemporary approach to Irish- language song, blending poetry and music, to provide a

Published on 1 March 2007

Susan Motherway is a folk theatre and music technology lecturer at the Institute of Technology, Tralee.

CD Reviews: Gerard McChrystal & Craig Ogden: Pluckblow

CD Reviews: Gerard McChrystal & Craig Ogden: Pluckblow

Gerard McChrystal & Craig OgdenPluckblowMeridian CDE84546Here is a disc full of unexpected atmospheres, the straightlaced classical discipline of its formal duo relationship shot through with the decidedly more relaxed attitudes found i

Published on 1 March 2007

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

CD Reviews: Francis Heery: Garry Kasparov vs. Deep Blue

CD Reviews: Francis Heery: Garry Kasparov vs. Deep Blue

FRANCIS HEERYGarry Kasparov vs. Deep BlueThe likably strange American comedian Emo Philips once observed that a computer had beaten him in a game of chess. ‘But,’ the comic added, ‘it was no match for me when it came to kick-boxing.’...

Published on 1 March 2007

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

CD Reviews: Róisín Elsafty: Má bhíonn tú liom bí liom

CD Reviews: Róisín Elsafty: Má bhíonn tú liom bí liom

RÓISÍN ELSAFTYMá bhíonn tú liom bí liomVERTCD080This diverse, impressive collection, produced by Dónal Lunny, includes items from contemporary oral tradition, from printed sources and two newly composed songs,...

Published on 1 March 2007

Lillis Ó Laoire is a sean-nós singer from Gort A' Choirce, Co. Donegal, who teaches courses in Irish language, folklore and Celtic Civilisation in the School of Irish, NUI Galway. His book On a Rock in the Middle of the Ocean: Songs and Singers in Tory Island has just been published in Ireland by Cló Iar-Chonnachta in association with Scarecrow Press.

Honouring Deane

Honouring Deane

A review of a new book by Patrick Zuk on composer Raymond Deane, part of the new Field Day Music series, and the first biography to be published in an Irish composer's lifetime.

Published on 1 March 2007

Barra Boydell is Senior Lecturer in Music at NUI Maynooth and currently holds a Senior Research Fellowship from the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences. He is Hon. Secretary of the Society for Musicology in Ireland and has published widely on the history of music in Ireland. He is general editor, with Harry White, of the Encyclopedia of Music in Ireland to be published by UCD Press, Dublin.