November/December 2008

CD Review: Albert Fry

CD Review: Albert Fry

CD Review: Albert Fry

Tráthnóna Beag AréirGael Linn CEFCD 193Growing up in north Belfast in the 1950s, Albert Fry got to know a family from North Queen Street, the Greens or Clann ’ic Grianna. The father was Donal Mac Grianna, brother of the Donegal...

Published on 1 November 2008

Robert MacMillan is Irish Language Editor with The Irish News in Belfast.

Too much culture?

Too much culture?

Too much culture?

In Belfast, culture has been ditched for something much easier to handle: events. But the tenth Open House Festival was able to do both.

Published on 1 November 2008

Peter Rosser (1970–2014) was a composer, writer and music lecturer.

He was born in London and moved to Belfast in 1990, where he studied composition at the University of Ulster and was awarded a DPhil in 1997. His music has been performed at the Spitalfields Festival in London, the Belfast Festival at Queen’s and by the Crash Ensemble in Dublin.

In 2011 the Arts Council acknowledged his contribution to the arts in Northern Ireland through a Major Individual Artist Award. He used this award to write his Second String Quartet, which was premiered in 2012 by the JACK Quartet at the opening concert at Belfast's new Metropolitan Arts Centre (The MAC).

Peter Rosser also wrote extensively on a wide range of music genres, with essays published in The Wire, Perspectives of New Music and the Crescent Journal. 

He died following an illness on 24 November 2014, aged 44.

The Long Now

The Long Now

The Long Now

Our society lives on a short fuse. The current economic turmoil and the cuts in arts funding demonstrate the lack of a long-term perspective. Michael Cronin asks how our society can escape the tyranny of the moment.

Published on 1 November 2008

Michael Cronin holds a Personal Chair in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Dublin City University. His latest book is Translation goes to the Movies, published by Routledge.

Notes

Notes

Notes

Gig GuideMany readers will be aware that JMI sends out a bulletin and gig guide email every Monday. The email features nationwide event listings, the latest news from the music world and frequent competitions for tickets and CDs.

Published on 1 November 2008

Live Reviews: John Abercrombie

Live Reviews: John Abercrombie

John Abercrombie (guitar), Michael Buckley (saxophone), Ronan Guilfoyle (bass), Joey Baron (drums)Whelan’s, Dublin14 September 2008Since moving from Berklee College to New York City in 1969, guitarist John Abercrombie has brought his superb

Published on 1 November 2008

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

Live Reviews: Cellotronicum

Live Reviews: Cellotronicum

Andrzej Bauer (cello), Roger Doyle (keyboard), Keith O’Brien (guitar, laptop), Brian Ó hUiginn (uilleann pipes) Liberty Hall, Dublin19 September 2008This year’s burst of concerts from Music 21 was as diverse as ever, taking in the quite...

Published on 1 November 2008

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

CD Reviews: Clíona Doris

CD Reviews: Clíona Doris

CD Reviews: Clíona Doris

A Pale Yellow SkyRTÉ lyric fm CD115It is difficult to call to mind another concert harpist of the calibre of County Down’s Clíona Doris who has the imagination to think differently about an instrument perhaps best known by audiences...

Published on 1 November 2008

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

CD Reviews: Masters of Tradition

CD Reviews: Masters of Tradition

CD Reviews: Masters of Tradition

RTÉ lyric fm CD117This double CD presents thirty-two tracks performed by forty-two of Ireland’s finest traditional musicians, recorded in concert in 2003-2007 at the Masters of Tradition Festival which takes place annually at Bantry House,.

Published on 1 November 2008

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

CD Reviews: Ensemble Avalon

CD Reviews: Ensemble Avalon

CD Reviews: Ensemble Avalon

Bax, Bernstein and BeethovenRTÉ lyric fm CD116Only one of the traditional ‘Three Bs’ features on the debut offering from the ensemble avalon, but so persuasive is this coupling of Beethoven with Arnold Bax and Leonard Bernstein that...

Published on 1 November 2008

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

Sunflowers

Sunflowers

Sunflowers

Jazz in Marciac in the south of France, and Dún Laoghaire’s Festival of World Cultures

Published on 1 November 2008

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

Turn it Up: John Kelly

Turn it Up: John Kelly

Turn it Up: John Kelly

For over a decade, John Kelly has been broadcasting his own distinct mix of music on national radio, first with the BBC, then Eclectic Ballroom on Radio Ireland (now Today FM) and Mystery Train on RTÉ Radio 1, establishing a reputation as a

Published on 1 November 2008

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

Online Radio Guide

Online Radio Guide

Classical/EarlyCD Review – Andrew McGregor, Sat, 9am, www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/cdreview/Classical Collection – Sarah Walker, Mon–Fri, 10am, www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/classicalcollectionComposer of the Week – Donal Macleod, Mon–Fri, 12pm,...

Published on 1 November 2008

The Art of the Possible

The Art of the Possible

The Art of the Possible

It is possible now to do almost anything to Irish traditional music. Whether one should is open to debate.

Published on 1 November 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.