Adrian Scahill

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

Raelach's Landscape of New Voices
Three recent recordings from Raelach Records reflect the diversity of the label's interests, writes Adrian Scahill.
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.
On Common Ground, BallyO Records (BOR001)
The Daisy Field (CKCD002)
SweetwoodCló Iar-Chonnachta CICD 179As a founder member of Dervish, one of the most successful, consistent and long-standing groups on the traditional circuit, Liam Kelly is no stranger to the recording studio. Yet where the last Dervish CD seemed to...
Double PlayCompass Records 7 4502 2 First appearing together on the 2000 album Lost in the Loop, this is the second CD which features the pairing presented as a duet, acknowledging the importance of Doyle’s contribution to the recording’s...
CD Reviews: Charlie Lennon
Turning the TuneCló Iar-Chonnachta CICD 166One of a select number of traditional composers whose corpus of tunes enjoys a wide currency among musicians, and a highly-respected fiddler and piano accompanist in his own right, Charlie Lennon’s new...
CD Reviews: Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy
Ceol agus Foinn: Music and Songs from the Willie Clancy Summer SchoolRTÉ 280CDReleased to coincide with the thirty-fifth anniversary of the Willie Clancy Summer School, this generous double CD also celebrates Raidió na Gaeltachta’s...
CD Reviews: Peter Horan and Gerry Harrington
The Merry Love to PlayCló Iar-Chonnachta, CICD 167This fine collection, the second collaboration between Peter Horan and Gerry Harrington, is full of high-spirited music making from musicians who, as the title says, clearly have a passion for...
CD Reviews: Dervish
Travelling ShowWhirling Discs, Whrl 011Although their recent trip to Finland might not have gone as planned, Dervish’s tenth album doesn’t shy away from drawing attention to the importance of travel as a trope within traditional music. With...
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...
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...
National Concert Hall, Dublin14 June 2007Billed as ‘Dynamic Japanese Tsugaru Shamisen Meets Ireland’, this intriguing concert was organised to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Ireland....
Sráid Eoin ShuffleAG001This solidly traditional album comes from an interesting musician – Aoife Granville is a typically bimusical traditional player, with a long history of involvement in art music in addition to her deep roots within local...
Ón Dá Thaobh/From Both SidesImeartas Records IMCD001An apt title reflects Ní Charra’s fluency and proficiency on both concertina and fiddle, as well as her ability to fluidly slide between different refractions of the music. The...
GeantraíCeol den Scoth ón tSraith TeilifíseGael Linn CEFDVD189, CEFCD 189This DVD and CD marks ten years of the TG4 series Geantraí, and is a useful and thoroughly enjoyable compilation documenting the variety and vigour of contemporary...
The Guiding Moon, West Ocean Records, WORCD 101 The West Ocean String Quartet’s second CD exemplifies the continuing interest of musicians in extending the boundaries of traditional music, in this case framing the music within the context of an art music...
Two new albums from the Kíla stable, Kíla & Oki and piper Eoin Dillon’s The Third Twin.