Dermot McLaughlin

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

The Master's Return
Frankie Gavin and Malachy Bourke's fiddle tribute to Paddy Killoran is not just about what the Sligo émigré played, but how he played, writes Dermot McLaughlin.
This Glorious Instrument
A new work by Dónal Dineen, 'The Pipes, The Pipes', combines three uilleann pipers with live art. Dermot McLaughlin attended a recent performance in Dublin.
 Liam O’Connor and Seán McKeon
Dublin Made MeNa Píobairí Uilleann (NPU CD 017)Fiddle and uilleann pipes are rightly regarded as one of the classic instrumental combinations in Irish traditional music. We’re lucky to be able to trace a path all the way back to duettists...
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,...
Where the One-eyed Man is KingChassis no. 10001001In the days when vellum, quill and ink were the primary and most valuable means of recording ideas and information, you might stumble across an example of promhadh pinn or pp in an Irish manuscript. Promhadh...
Dermot McLaughlin replies:Joy Fitzgerald’s point is one that I anticipated in response to my ‘In Safe Hands?’ article and it’s a point that she could/should have made at the time of publication of my ‘Road Map’ article (Nov-Dec...
Dermot McLaughlin discusses traditional music and the role of the Arts Council
Inside OutMORCD002This second solo album from Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh reinforces the strong impact that he made back in 2001 with his début The Nervous Man. For his second album Ó Raghallaigh stays close enough to the formula...
The Hop Down, BKCD 205 I had to overhaul some of my fundamental assumptions and prejudices in the last month or so and it’s been a refreshing exercise. Over the last couple of months I had heard the odd snatch of some very beautiful, intelligent and...
Serenade by Mick McAuley and Winifred Horan and Paul Dooley's Music from the Robert ap Huw Manuscript.
Recording in traditional music, David Power's My Love is in America and Tim Collins' Dancing on Silver.
The recently published Arts Council document on the traditional arts in Ireland - Towards a Policy for the Traditional Arts / I dTreo Bheartas um na hEalaíona Traidisiúnta.
New albums by The Tap Room Trio (Jesse Smith, Harry Bradley and John Blake) and Mick O'Brien and Caomhín Ó Raghallaigh.
Neil Mulligan – An Tobar Glé– Shore Records SCD 1049One of the driving influences in the development of traditional music is the process of transmission. Maybe transmission is not always how it looks and feels at first hand – within...
KílaLuna Parkkíla recordsPushing boundaries, wrestling with the form, taking ‘liberties’ with the sacrosanct immutable tradition (mar dheá), fusing/fusion, hybridisation, attitude. These are some of the things that come to...
Tommy PeoplesWaiting for a CallShanachie (CCF35CD)Tommy Peoples gracefully occupies a prime authoritative position on the top shelf of traditional fiddle players. He’s not easily labelled, but you’ll find him somewhere between the established living...