November/December 2007

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Harpists gather outside Dáil Eireann to protest the routing of the M3 though Tara (Photo: Lucy Clarke). JMI Seeks Marketing ExecutiveJMI welcomes letters of application for the new post of Marketing & Promotions Executive.

Published on 1 November 2007

Seamus Ennis, Peadar Mercier, Dan O’Dowd & Proinnsias Ní Dhorchaí

Seamus Ennis, Peadar Mercier, Dan O’Dowd & Proinnsias Ní Dhorchaí

Seamus Ennis, Peadar Mercier, Dan O’Dowd & Proinnsias Ní Dhorchaí

Seamus Ennis, uilleann pipes (second from right), with Peadar Mercier, bodhrán; Dan O’Dowd, uilleann pipes; and (?) Proinnsias Ní Dhorchaí, flute; by river Liffey, c. late 1970s, photographer unknownSeamus Ennis (1919–1982),...

Published on 1 November 2007

Live Reviews: Piperlink

Live Reviews: Piperlink

Jimmy O’Brien-Moran, Emmet Gill, Seán Donnelly & Muireann Nic AmhlaoibhÁras na nGael, Galway29 September 2007Most followers of traditional music, and often the musicians themselves, are unaware of the history of the uilleann or ‘union’.

Published on 1 November 2007

Fred Johnston is a novelist, critic and musician. His novel set in Paris, The Neon Rose, has just been published.

Live Reviews: Masters of Tradition

Live Reviews: Masters of Tradition

John Flanagan, Kevin Crawford, Steve Cooney, Martin Hayes, Brian McNamara, Seán Smyth, Oisín MacDiarmada, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh & Dennis Cahill Bantry House, Bantry, Co Cork15-19 August 2007Now in its fifth year, the Masters...

Published on 1 November 2007

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

Live Reviews: Concorde

Live Reviews: Concorde

Norman Villa Gallery, Salthill, Galway16 September 2007There comes a point where one must ask whether contemporary music is meant to be played or performed.

Published on 1 November 2007

Fred Johnston is a novelist, critic and musician. His novel set in Paris, The Neon Rose, has just been published.

CD Reviews: Perfect State – The Music of Ciarán Farrell

CD Reviews: Perfect State – The Music of Ciarán Farrell

RTÉ Concert Orchestra/David Brophy; The Smith Quartet; Craig Ogden; Gerard McChrystal; Sinéad Farrell; Roger MoffattRTÉ Lyric FM CD113This first full recording of Ciarán Farrell’s offers ample evidence of a productive first...

Published on 1 November 2007

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

CD Reviews: The Smith Quartet – Ghost Stories

CD Reviews: The Smith Quartet – Ghost Stories

Ghost StoriesSignum Classics SIGCD088The past, or more accurately, perhaps, the act of passing – into time, into immortality, into anonymity, but always, inescapably, into death – lies at the heart of this visceral new offering from The Smi

Published on 1 November 2007

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

CD Reviews: Eliot Grasso – Up Against the Flatirons

CD Reviews: Eliot Grasso – Up Against the Flatirons

Up Against the FlatironsNa Píobairí Uilleann NPUCD014It’s a measure of the strength and depth of Irish traditional music in America that the first in a new series of CDs issued by Na Píobairí Uilleann, entitled The Ace and...

Published on 1 November 2007

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

CD Reviews: Slide – Overneath

CD Reviews: Slide – Overneath

OverneathSDE003The tradition of ensemble playing in Irish music has perhaps yet to find its place. Where it exists in surrounding traditions it tends to have its own central place in the life of these musics.

Published on 1 November 2007

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

CD Reviews: ConTempo Quartet, Máirtín O’Connor, Garry O’Briain, Cathal Hayden – Spiccato Junction

CD Reviews: ConTempo Quartet, Máirtín O’Connor, Garry O’Briain, Cathal Hayden – Spiccato Junction

Spiccato JunctionGalway Ensemble in Residence GER-CD-002Máirtín O’Connor and Cathal Hayden have been two of the most dynamic performers of Irish traditional music over the past few years, and on this sparkling CD they collaborate with the..

Published on 1 November 2007

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

Singing the Ancestors

Singing the Ancestors

Challenging the standard idea that traditional singing ‘can’t be taught’, Fintan Vallely argues that there is now an urgent necessity to do so.

Published on 1 November 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.

Chasin' the Trane

Chasin' the Trane

On the fortieth anniversary of John Coltrane’s death, and in the context of recent commemorative events in Dublin, Kevin Stevens looks at the life and work of one of the greatest of jazz innovators

Published on 1 November 2007

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

Letters: Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Experimental Traditional Music

Letters: Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Experimental Traditional Music

Fintan Vallely, Dundalk IT, writes:Your interviewee Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (Sep-Oct) presents a rather jumbled self-image with too many contradictions. He sees himself as both young and radical, yet swears by the ancestors – that’s...

Published on 1 November 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.

Live Reviews: Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

Live Reviews: Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

Arvo Pärt, Kanon PokajanenSt. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Dublin 23 September 2007It took considerable daring for Galway-based chamber choir Cois Cladaigh to bring the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir to Ireland.

Published on 1 November 2007

Benedict Schlepper-Connolly is a composer and a director of Ergodos, a production company and record label. schlepperconnolly.com

Live Reviews: Ryoji Ikeda

Live Reviews: Ryoji Ikeda

IMMA Great Hall5 October 2007Ours is an information age. A tsunami of data surrounds us, overwhelms us, governs us. Ikeda takes streams from this flood and interprets them musically and visually.

Published on 1 November 2007

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

Live Reviews: Lakker

Live Reviews: Lakker

The launch of Lakker’s debut album Ruido combined performances from Lakker’s Ian McDonnell, who performed solo in Dara Smith’s enforced absence, and longstanding electronica fixture Alan O’Boyle a.k.a. Decal....

Published on 1 November 2007

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