May/June 2008

CD Reviews: Aindreas de Staic

CD Reviews: Aindreas de Staic

CD Reviews: Aindreas de Staic

LatchicoThis is a recording of fiddle music with some Jew’s harp and what is definitely best accounted for here as ‘diddleying’. The music is mostly standard traditional dance tunes with a couple of North American fiddle pieces and...

Published on 1 May 2008

Niall Keegan is a traditional flute player and Associate Director at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick.

CD Reviews: Canty

CD Reviews: Canty

CD Reviews: Canty

Apostle of IrelandDivine Art DDA25065Celebrating their tenth anniversary this year, Canty, Scotland’s only professional group dedicated to the performance of medieval music, turns its attention towards Ireland and specifically to Irish plai

Published on 1 May 2008

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

CD Reviews: Fovea Hex

CD Reviews: Fovea Hex

CD Reviews: Fovea Hex

Neither Speak Nor Remain SilentDie Stadt DS89COriginally issued between November 2005 and June 2007, Neither Speak Nor Remain Silent is a musical riddle masquerading as an extended narrative teased out across three self-contained EPs, each

Published on 1 May 2008

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

Singing at the Centre of a Life

Singing at the Centre of a Life

Singing at the Centre of a Life

Liam Mac Con Iomaire, Seosamh Ó hÉanaí: Nár fhágha mé bás choíche. Cló Iar-Chonnachta, Indreabhán, Galway, 2007, 521 pp, with CD, €35

Published on 1 May 2008

Angela Bourke's last book was Maeve Brennan: Homesick at The New Yorker. Now Professor of Irish-language Studies at UCD, she was a song collector in Carna in the 1970s, and as Angela Partridge wrote Caoineadh na dTrí Muire: Téama na Páise i bhFilíocht Bhéil na Gaeilge (1983).

Outer Way

Outer Way

Outer Way

Kevin Stevens considers the career of guitarist John McLaughlin ahead of his first appearance in Dublin.

Published on 1 May 2008

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

The Little Bag of Spuds

The Little Bag of Spuds

The Little Bag of Spuds

Ciaran Carson’s second column in a series – in which he maps the learning of a tune – takes him into the virtual.

Published on 1 May 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.

Notes

Notes

Notes

Pauline Oliveros, appearing in Cork in July Quiet Music FestivalThe Quiet Music Festival is a new festival of experimental music running from 29 June to 6 July in Cork.

Published on 1 May 2008

Editorial: Comhaltas Culture

Editorial: Comhaltas Culture

The reputation of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, the organisation founded in 1951 to promote Irish traditional music, reaches far and wide. Seldom is the rise of this music over the past fifty years mentioned without paying tribute to its...

Published on 1 May 2008

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

Live Reviews: David Lyttle Group featuring Greg Osby

Live Reviews: David Lyttle Group featuring Greg Osby

Michael Buckley (tenor saxophone, flute), Justin Carroll (piano), Ronan Guilfoyle (bass), David Lyttle (drums) & Greg Osby (alto saxophone)JJ Smyth’s, Dublin24 February 2008The enrichment of jazz education in Ireland in recent years has

Published on 1 May 2008

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

Live Reviews: i-and-e

Live Reviews: i-and-e

Boris Baltschun, Erik Carlsson, Roy Carroll, Axel Dörner, Kai Fagaschinski, Martin Küchen, David Lacey, Jason Lescalleet, Quiet Club (Danny McCarthy & Mick O’Shea), Fred Van Hove, Paul VogelThe Unitarian & Peppercanister Churches, D

Published on 1 May 2008

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

Live Reviews: Efterklang

Live Reviews: Efterklang

Live Reviews: Efterklang

The Button Factory, Dublin29 March 2008Efterklang are a Danish post-rock band, formed in December 2000, properly millennial. This concert, in the renamed and refurbished Temple Bar Music Centre, was their second in Dublin in four months.

Published on 1 May 2008

Seán Ó Máille is a freelance critic, photographer and full-time secondary teacher in Dublin.

Live Reviews: Composers' Choice: Linda Buckley

Live Reviews: Composers' Choice: Linda Buckley

Fidelio Trio: Darragh Morgan (violin), Robin Michael (cello) & Mary Dullea (piano); Natasha Lohan (voice)John Field Room, NCH25 March 2008Although the works curated by Linda Buckley had unique voices, they were united by a sense of perp

Published on 1 May 2008

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

Live Reviews: Lunfardia

Live Reviews: Lunfardia

Live Reviews: Lunfardia

Ariel Hernández (guitar, voice), Ioana Petcu-Colan (violin), Dermot Dunne (accordion), Malachy Robinson (double bass) & Frank Vidal (percussion)Triskel Arts Centre, Cork11 March 2008Outside, the March winds howled.

Published on 1 May 2008

Pat Ahern is a musician and producer. He lectures in mathematics at Cork Institute of Technology.

CD Reviews: Matt Molloy, John Carty and Arty McGlynn

CD Reviews: Matt Molloy, John Carty and Arty McGlynn

CD Reviews: Matt Molloy, John Carty and Arty McGlynn

Pathway to the Well – Recorded Live at Matt Molloy’sRacket Records, RR007When the superstar ensemble album occasionally comes along, it rarely lives up to its billing. I won’t mention any names, but we have all gone to the gig and bought...

Published on 1 May 2008

Niall Keegan is a traditional flute player and Associate Director at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick.