May/June 2005

"Are You Talking to Me?": Traditional and Classical Music in Ireland

"Are You Talking to Me?": Traditional and Classical Music in Ireland

Irish traditional music has played an interesting role in the writing on Irish classical music through the years – sometimes an inspiration to composers, sometimes a burden – but, asks Toner Quinn, do traditional musicians recognise themsel

Published on 1 May 2005

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

‘Because it's our own’: Breandán Breathnach 1912-85

‘Because it's our own’: Breandán Breathnach 1912-85

‘Because it's our own’: Breandán Breathnach 1912-85

Uilleann piper, writer, publisher, organiser, and one of the great music collectors, Breandán Breathnach’s name is known throughout the world of Irish traditional music for his five volumes of Ceol Rince na hÉireann as well as for his wide

Published on 1 May 2005

Nicholas Carolan is Director Emeritus of the Irish Traditional Music Archive.

Letters: Nósanna nua de dhith don sean-nós

Letters: Nósanna nua de dhith don sean-nós

A chara,Maidir leis an gcasaoid faoi nósanna nua san sean-nós atá feicthe i mbileoga JMI agus cloiste ar RnaG, feicim gur mó aontas ná deigilt atá idir na páirtithe. Tá meas araon acu ar amhránaíocht...

Published on 1 May 2005

Deirdre Ní Chonghaile is a PhD student in UCC’s Music Department. Her thesis is on the music and song of the Aran Islands. 

Live Reviews: Improv at the Printing House Festival

Live Reviews: Improv at the Printing House Festival

Saturday 23 AprilThe Printing House, Trinity College, DublinDuring the interval of the afternoon session of the first Improv at the Printing House Festival, I suddenly found myself listening intently to the gurgling of water in a pipe again

Published on 1 May 2005

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

Unity of Being: The Music of Deirdre Gribbin

Unity of Being: The Music of Deirdre Gribbin

In the first of an occasional series of articles on living Irish composers, musicologist Bob Gilmore discusses the work of Deirdre Gribbin, native of Northern Ireland and presently Artistic Director of the London-based Society for the Promo

Published on 1 May 2005

Bob Gilmore (1961–2015) was a musicologist, educator and keyboard player. Born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, he studied at York University, Queen's University Belfast, and at the University of California.

Between 2005 and 2012, Bob Gilmore published several articles in The Journal of Music, including seven significant profiles of Irish composers.

His books include Harry Partch: a biography (Yale University Press, 1998) and Ben Johnston: Maximum Clarity and other writings on music (University of Illinois Press, 2006), both of which were recipients of the Deems Taylor Award from ASCAP. He wrote extensively on the American experimental tradition, microtonal music and spectral music, including the work of such figures as James Tenney, Horațiu Rădulescu, Claude Vivier, and Frank Denyer. 

Bob Gilmore taught at Queens University, Belfast, Dartington College of Arts, Brunel University in London, and was a Research Fellow at the Orpheus Institute in Ghent. He was the founder, director and keyboard player of Trio Scordatura, an Amsterdam-based ensemble dedicated to the performance of microtonal music, and for the year 2014 was the Editor of Tempo, a quarterly journal of new music. His biography of French-Canadian composer Claude Vivier was published by University of Rochester Press in June 2014.

Whacko Jacko ar RnaG

Whacko Jacko ar RnaG

From 2nd May Raidió na Gaeltachta will be permitted to play songs with English lyrics between 9pm and 1am. What will this mean for the type of music being played?

Published on 1 May 2005

Breandán Ó hEaghra is a member of the contemporary Irish language group Rís and Director of Meas Media.

On Going Solo

On Going Solo

Recording in traditional music, David Power's My Love is in America and Tim Collins' Dancing on Silver.

Published on 1 May 2005

Dermot McLaughlin is a fiddle player and currently Chairman of the Irish Traditional Music Archive.

Philistinism ...an aerial view

Philistinism ...an aerial view

A recent book argues that Britain is in the grip of a ‘philistine agenda’ which treats the public like children who need to be protected from cultural and intellectual challenges. Composer Roger Doyle finds parallels in Irish broadcasting.

Published on 1 May 2005

Roger Doyle is a Dublin-based Irish composer working in electronic music.