18 September 2012
With personal perspectives from Martin Hayes, Christy Moore, Tony MacMahon, Luka Bloom and Iarla Ó Lionáird, Paul O'Connor attempts to take in the vista-like contribution that the enigmatic Steve Cooney has made to Irish traditional music these past thirty years.
10 September 2012
Tim Rutherford-Johnson discusses one of Europe's most unusual music festivals, which takes place for the fourth time this year in Cyprus.
3 September 2012
Brian and Eithne Vallely have produced a book to mark forty-five years of the Armagh Pipers' Club containing a visual and written history of the Club as well as a collection of personal reflections and essays on its origins and impact.
30 August 2012
Adam Harper examines whether the concept of 'new music' makes sense in the twenty-first century, and discusses music's 'infinite' possibilities.
22 August 2012
Joe Paxton explores how the basic processes of music can help people with autism communicate through improvisatory music therapy.
13 August 2012
Peter Rosser attends Nest, Belfast's contribution to the Cultural Olympiad, which uses donated everyday objects to build an oratorio and an installation.
8 August 2012
From his memoir Adventures of a Waterboy, published recently by Lilliput Press, Mike Scott here describes his early encounters with Irish traditional music, and how the fateful move to Spiddal and 'the Celtic dreamtime' came about.
30 July 2012
At the 1948 London Olympic Games, when the competition still awarded medals for music and other arts, 'gentle Miss Ina Boyle' narrowly missed out on a bronze medal. Ita Beausang traces the story of the composer from Enniskerry and her as yet unperformed work.
25 July 2012
American composer and musician Dan Trueman reflects on the Irish music scene, and Dave Holden of I Draw Slow considers Trueman's album CrissCross, a recent collaboration with Brittany Haas.
16 July 2012
Composer Daniel Figgis' new work 'dimmerswitch' is the result of a commission by The Crash Ensemble. He explains the ideas behind the work to Anna Murray ahead of its premiere at the Galway Arts Festival on 19 July.