Articles

Which Political Party Should Get the Music Vote?
The Journal of Music looks at what the parties are promising for music.
When Stravinsky Came to Dublin in 1963
RTÉ orchestras will perform two nights of music by Stravinsky this weekend. We take the opportunity to look back on the composer's visit to Ireland in June 1963.
Will 2016 be a Turning Point for the Irish Harp?
Having a harp on our coins only really matters if we give meaning to that symbolism, writes Toner Quinn.
Time to Reignite the Fight for Music in 2016
RTÉ Lyric FM is in the news because of its schedule changes, but the strength of the response is a positive thing.
The Star of the Folk Revival
What was it about Micho Russell's music and performances that was so unique and compelling, and that made him into a star of the folk revival? Niall Keegan listens to a recent double-CD collection which includes a range of previously unpublished recordings.
Feeling and Thinking About Music
Alfred Brendel's new book is a reminder of how the really dedicated musician goes about things, writes John McLachlan.
The Walls Have Ears
Cellist Ernst Reijseger was among the improvisers featured at Bottlenote collective's recent performance during the Dublin Fringe. Anna Murray attended one of the six improvisations, which took place in a dilapidated Georgian house.
This is Curatorship
Since 2006, Louth Contemporary Music Society has been commissioning internationally renowned composers such as Arvo Pärt and Terry Riley, hosting ambitious concerts, and has issued several recordings. Garrett Sholdice listens to some of the promoter's most recent releases.
The Piper's Story Over Three Centuries
Adrian Scahill reviews an ambitious new history of Irish uilleann piping written by Colin Harper with piper John McSherry.
Thank God for The Jimmy Cake
In The Jimmy Cake's fourth album, what's always at stake is 'compulsion', writes Stephen Graham, of the musicians, the material and the listeners.