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 Niall Keegan listens to a recent double-CD collection which includes a range of previously unpublished recordings.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.
Sexism and the Leaving Cert. Music Syllabus
The representation of women in the Leaving Certificate music syllabus is practically non-existent, writes Laura Watson, and revision is long overdue.
Kirkos Ensemble – Blackout #3
Anna Murray reviews Kirkos Ensemble's Blackout #3 at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.
A Musical Intifada
In 'Children of the Stone', a new book by Sandy Tolan, two drastically different visions of music’s potential collide, writes Raymond Deane.
The Truth About Ireland’s Music Business
World-conquering labels and musically literate entrepreneurs – these are the keys to the creation of a music industry, writes Gareth Murphy, but is that what Ireland has?