March/April 2008

The Bag of Spuds

The Bag of Spuds

The Bag of Spuds

The first in a series of traditional music columns by Ciaran Carson

Published on 1 March 2008

Ciaran Carson is a poet, prose writer, translator and flute-player, and the author of Last Night’s Fun, a book about Irish traditional music. He is is Professor of Poetry at Queen’s University Belfast.

Live Reviews: Horizons: Roger Doyle

Live Reviews: Horizons: Roger Doyle

Live Reviews: Horizons: Roger Doyle

Carlo Gébler and Roger Doyle (Photo: Lucy Clarke) National Concert Hall, Dublin5 February 2008Roger Doyle describes his latest composition Adolf Gébler, Clarinettist, a collaborative effort with the author Carlo Gébler, as ‘cinema...

Published on 1 March 2008

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

Live Reviews: Temple Bar Trad

Live Reviews: Temple Bar Trad

Olympia Theatre, Dublin27 January 2008The last concert of this year’s Temple Bar Trad was promoted from the usual smaller venues to the Olympia Theatre, thanks to the sponsors and to the fact that the occasion was being televised for TG4.

Published on 1 March 2008

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

Live Reviews: Concorde

Live Reviews: Concorde

National Gallery, Dublin27 January 2008 Presented by the Ireland Poland Cultural Foundation to coincide with the final day of the spectacular Paintings from Poland exhibition at the National Gallery, this concert was an attempt at the cross

Published on 1 March 2008

Seán Clancy is a composer living in Dublin.

Inbox: Singing the Ancestors

Inbox: Singing the Ancestors

Virginia Blankenhorn, Co. Kilkenny, writes: Fintan Vallely laments the intrusion of ‘divisive politics’ into the recent Frank Harte memorial weekend (‘Singing the Ancestors’, JMI Nov/Dec 2007). Many people, he asserts, complained about...

Published on 1 March 2008

Dr Virginia Blankenhorn is a lecturer in Celtic Studies at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Notes

Notes

Notes

Paul Hillier (Photo: Benjamin Ealovega) Traditional Musician of the YearFiddle player Martin Hayes has been named TG4 Traditional Musician of the Year.

Published on 1 March 2008

Editorial: Get The Picture

Editorial: Get The Picture

Which social groups are more likely to attend different music events? Why are some people many times more likely to be involved in music than others? Are some people excluded from musical life?

Published on 1 March 2008

Toner Quinn is Editor of The Journal of Music. His personal website is www.tonerquinn.com.

Live Reviews: Pharoah Sanders Quartet

Live Reviews: Pharoah Sanders Quartet

Live Reviews: Pharoah Sanders Quartet

Pharoah Sanders Tripod, Dublin3 February 2008 Though tenor saxophonist Pharoah Sanders has been performing and recording steadily for over half a century, most listeners associate him with the short period over forty years ago when he playe

Published on 1 March 2008

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

CD Reviews: John McCormack

CD Reviews: John McCormack

Icon of an Age: The AnthologyZampano ProductionsJohn McCormack gave his farewell performance (a handful of subsequent morale-boosting wartime concerts notwithstanding) to a packed Royal Albert Hall in London 70 years ago this coming Novembe

Published on 1 March 2008

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

CD Reviews: Kevin Brady

CD Reviews: Kevin Brady

Common GroundLRP Music, LRP002Among the notable features of the Irish jazz scene in recent years has been the emergence of several outstanding keyboard trios, including the Phil Ware Trio and Organics, both of which are rhythmically anchore

Published on 1 March 2008

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

CD Reviews: Fidelio Trio

CD Reviews: Fidelio Trio

BulbNMC, NMC D147Of all the great forms of chamber music, JMI contributor Bob Gilmore observes in his astute booklet note for this new offering from the Fidelio Trio, the piano trio, for any number of reasons, seems to have had the hardest

Published on 1 March 2008

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

CD Reviews: Nóirín Ní Riain

CD Reviews: Nóirín Ní Riain

A.M.E.N.Daisy Discs, DLDC 026 Nóirín Ní Riain has long been known as a singer of songs of a spiritual dimension, her repertoire stemming from sources as diverse as the ancient vocal traditions of Ireland and India and the no less venerable.

Published on 1 March 2008

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