The animations that formed the basis of the Anam An Amhráin TG4 are now available on DVD through Cartoon Saloon.
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RTÉ Radio 1's Documentary on One this week, 'If Music Be the Food of Life, Play On', is the story of three professional Irish musicians who recently undertook a Music Network training programme to become music-in-healthcare t
Declan Sinnott, founding member of Horslips and Moving Hearts, long-term producer of Mary Black’s music, and collaborator with Christy Moore, has released his first solo album and is currently on an extensive solo tour.
Féile Frank Mc Gann in Strokestown, Co Roscommon, the Willie Keane Memorial Weekend in Doonbeg, Co Clare, and the Des Carty Sessions in west Co Dublin offer a wide range of traditional music concerts in the weeks ahead.
Gerry Diver’s Speech Project album, featuring the voices of the likes of Joe Cooley, Martin Hayes, Christy Moore and Margaret Barry, was released earlier this year, and the live show is now coming to Ireland.
The Mermaid Arts Centre in Bray has recently produced a very attractive CD called Mermaid 10, consisting of some highlights of the live music concerts that have taken place at the Centre as recorded by their sound engineer Eóin Murphy.
Lau's new album, Race the Loser, is out and the band will be playing two concerts in Ireland in October.
The Stoneybatter venue hosts a night of guitar, electronics and percussion music, including the Gunn Truscinski Duo and Cian Nugent.
Pianist Andrew Zolinsky will present a programme of twentieth and twenty-first century music at the Kevin Barry Room, including a number of Irish premieres.
Sam Jackson — who wrote the music for Druid Theatre's complete Synge plays — is touring his new album, taking in Sligo and Galway in October.
The Fidelio Trio have opened a call for works for piano trio to be performed at a Composition Forum workshop in December.
The American musician John Zorn will be in Louth on 4 and 5 October for concerts of his music. He himself will close the mini-festival with a late-night solo organ recital.
A second volume of Charlie Lennon’s compositions, including their piano accompaniment, and a CD of the music performed by Lennon himself, has been published.
A large-scale, site-specific installation telling the story of the Titanic in Liverpool's Anglican Church uses music by Ailís Ní Ríain.
The seventeenth Sligo Baroque Festival features a late-night concert of Italian songs as well as concert featuring both J.S. and C.P.E. Bach by Camerata Kilkenny. Children under twelve have free admission to all events.
An original take on the Arthur's Day celebrations.
Harper and singer Máire Ní Chathasaigh and guitarist Chris Newman are doing a short tour in Ireland in October before a more extensive UK tour.
New series of talks at Trinity College Dublin features Irish composers Gerald Barry and Garrett Sholdice.
The Riverbank Arts Centre in Newbridge has an exciting season of music coming up, featuring Sharon Shannon, Gerry Diver's Speech Project, Scullion and the Gloaming, the Unusual History of Ether, Julie Feeney, Mick Coady's Synergy
The 2012 Hard Working Class Heroes festival takes place 4–6 October, with bands, industry events, and photography exhibitions.
Composer Peter Moran will direct the ensemble at UCD, beginning with an open 'taster session'.
Culture Night in Dublin includes tours of Windmill Lane, Dónal Lunny at the Ranelagh Arts Centre, a free performances by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and a host of other music events.
Music events as part of Culture Night in Leinster include a recreation of a 1920s speakeasy and live painting with improvised music.
Culture Night in Munster takes in a diversity of events, from a candlelit drumming circle to music for soprano, recorder and guitar from seventeenth-century Ireland.
Former principal conductor of the RTÉ NSO, Gerhard Markson, speaks out against potential cuts to the orchestra in a recent Irish Independent piece.
Laura Sheeran has just released a new video for her song 'Into the Fire'.
In the second of our series on Culture Night, we select some music events taking place in Ulster on Friday, 21 September — including a workshop on recording music.
With Culture Night taking place across Ireland on the 21 September, we've made some selections of music events to check out. The first in our series — which we're doing province by province — focusses on Connacht.
The Quiet Music Ensemble will host a free open workshop in Dublin on Thursday, 20 September. The event will feature the work of eight different composers and members of the public can come and go during the workshop.
Karan Casey has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund her next album. The album will focus on her own songs, with her father performing on one of the tracks.
Music and theatre group Béal have announced details of their three-day November festival, featuring new Irish music and works by Robert Ashley and Tom Johnson.
The seventh Irish Culture Night takes place on Friday, 21 September, with free cultural events across the island in thirty-four regions.
A Welsh MP is seeking ideas for a folk music manifesto. Could a manifesto for traditional music in Ireland be developed?
Julian Treasure talks about the impact of architecture on our experience of sound.
Julie Feeney plans to tour material from her new album with ten different choirs during an Irish tour in November and December.
John Feeley, Je Dongen Driest, Dave Flynn and the Galway Baroque Singers will each join the ConTempo Quartet for a celebratory tour around Ireland.
Cathy Davey and others join David Turpin for a performance of an experimental song-cycle as part of Absolut Fringe.
Composers Liz Carroll, Máirtín O'Connor and Dave Flynn will soon be touring their music to a number of venues around the country, joined by local composers Charlie Lennon (in the Leitrim gig), Peadar Ó Riada (in Cork) and Tommy Peoples
Len Graham, Jack Lynch and Theo Dorgan's touring show is a celebration of the place of the kitchen table in Irish culture.
Clare flute player and maker, Eamonn Cotter has released his first solo album in sixteen years: one 'more reflective of my current playing' as he puts it himself.
IMRO are calling for composers to apply for a collaborative project with filmmakers for a one day recording session with the RTÉ National Concert Orchestra.
The women and music in Ireland conference takes place on 15 September at the RIAM, focussing on a range of subjects, from Irish traditional music to sources and resources on women and music. The conference also includes two concerts.
Niall and Caoimhín Vallely of Buille are doing a six-date tour of the country with Seán Óg Graham, Karan Casey, Kenneth Edge and Nic Gareiss.
The Irish band mark the release of Field Recordings with an acoustic tour of arts centres and small venues.
The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra's new season opens on 14 September with a concert of 'Viennese Whirls'.
Rónán Ó Snodaigh of Kíla is doing a series of five concerts in Whelan’s in Dublin to celebrate his five solo albums.
Crash Ensemble will present a collaboration with CoisCéim Dance Theatre and Fishamble: The New Play Company for Culture Night on 21 September.
Noise rock and experimental jazz concerts in Dublin over the next month, with Fushitsusha at the Village and Lean Left at Whelan's.
Darragh Morgan performs Irish electronic works at the Unyazi Festival on 12 September.
The Tipperary fiddler Eileen O’Brien has released a solo fiddle album entitled Aon le h’Aon dedicated to tunes composed by her father Paddy O’Brien.
The National Chamber Choir will take their 'Equinox' tour to three Irish cities in September.
Alvina Grosu has been appointed to the Arts Council position, in which she will implement a scheme that examines diversity in artists' work and people's experience of the arts.
Music Network has issued a call for tenders for the position of Project Manager for the Music Capital Scheme.
Scottish singer and harpist, Rachel Newton, of BBC 2 Folk Award-nominated The Shee and The Emily Portman Trio, has released her debut solo album, The Shadow Side.
Lyric FM to air documentary on the RIAM's first female piano professor, Fanny Robinson, tonight at 7.00pm.
Emerson String Quartet and James Galway perform in the National Concert Hall on 2 September as part of the Great Artist Series.
Aughty is a feature-length, experimental documentary by visual artists and filmmakers Tom Flanagan and Megs Morley exploring the Aughty mountain region, its hinterlands and people, and featuring music by local musicians.
The Fidelio Trio play three concerts in South Africa at the beginning of September.
Composer, multi-instrumentalist and tireless cross-platform collaborator, Seán Mac Erlaine has released a new solo album, on the Ergodos label, called Long After The Music Is Gone.
Australian improvising trio play Whelan's in Dublin, without support, on 15 September.
A webcast of traditional Irish music, drama, song, and dance from this year’s Electric Picnic Festival will be streamed on www.gaeilge.ie this Saturday, 1 September from 6pm.
The RTÉ CO play their final lunchtime concert on 28 August, featuring music by Ravel and Purcell.
The improvising live-scoring band will perform a soundtrack to the 1926 film Faust at Phizzfest 2012.
Kaleidoscope Night returns on 6 September with a mix of Irish and American contemporary music, Debussy and Telemann.
As part of the Sligo Live festival this autumn, the Hawk's Well will host two musical double-bills, featuring Fidil and I Draw Slow on 26 October, and Lau and Buille on 27 October.
The Contemporary Music Centre's Culture Night will take place on 21 September, with the call for works closing on 2 September.
The Belfast Barge venue at Lanyon Quay on the river Lagan will host American old-time musician Frank Fairfield’s first gig in Ireland in September.
Music Network welcomes announcement of €200,000 of capital funding from Jimmy Deenihan.
Featuring instrument makers Graham Wright, Gary Leahy, Brian Lofthouse and John Butler, and musicians Butler, Lofthouse, Julie Langan and Finbarr Naughton, the Music Makers combines film and live performance in a celebration of music from t
Crash ensemble have announced details of their first concert as Project Arts Centre's ensemble-in-residence, to feature music by Glenn Branca and Kevin Volans.
At First Light have announced dates for a forthcoming Northern ireland tour, and details of various projects they are working on collectively and individually.
The Improvised Music Company plays with the anti-jazz protests in 1930s to promote contemporary Irish jazz acts in a Temple Bar festival.
New appointments to the RTÉ Philharmonic and Cór na nÓg, as well as a Conductor in Training for the coming seasons.
The RTÉ CO and Sinead O'Connor have been nominated in the World Soundtrack Awards.
This year’s RDS National Crafts Competition winner in the musical instruments category is John Butler of Ceol Pipes for one of his half sets.
The Women and Music in Ireland conference has launched a Fundit campaign ahead of its second event in September.
United Bible Studies' Áine O'Dwyer plays in Limerick and Dublin, and the band play in Lisburn, this weekend.
Chris Guilfoyle's arrangement for jazz quartet of Gaspard de la nuit will be performed on 15 August.
Composer and harpist, Michael Rooney has published the scores of his de Cuéllar Suite and his traditional mass.
Siamsa Tire in association with the Kerry Diocesan Youth Services (KDYS) in Listowel has launched a new project to establish a Kerry Youth Trad Ensemble with funding from the Arts Council’s Young Ensemble Scheme.
The Irish Baroque Orchestra will tour a string arrangement of the Goldberg Variations from 13 to 15 September.
With their first release, Roots of the Banjo Tree, Enda Scahill, Martin Howley and David Howley of We Banjo 3 combine Irish music with old time, ragtime and bluegrass influences to explore the banjo’s involvement in each.
Composition-driven jazz group Rhombus will play a selection of original music that explores the connections between jazz and contemporary classical music at the National Concert Hall.
This festival brings traditional, hip-hop and indie music out of the city centre and into venues across Dublin's north side for afternoon concerts and masterclasses suitable for all the family.
The première of a new collaboration between poet Anthony Cronin and musician Dónal Lunny takes place this weekend at the Kilkenny Arts Festival.
The RTÉ Concert Orchestra perform the Pirates of Penzance in Dublin tonight, with Neil Thompson replacing an ill John Wilson.
Sligo musicians JP Trio, John Doyle, Rick Epping, James Blennerhassett, Michael Rooney, Kieran Quinn, Seamie O’Dowd , Sharon Conway, Steve Wickham and Cathy Jordan have written music in response to specific Yeats poems.
A Stockhausen festival is being held at the University of Birmingham to accompany the staged premiere of Mittwoch aus Licht.
Gospel blues singer Mary Ryan, roots blues singer and guitarist Mark Braidner, and ragtime pianist Simon Templeton have come together as the Mary Ryan Blues Trio and recorded a range of gospel blues, delta blues and vaudeville numbers from
Irish noise artist Vicky Langan will perform in Bristol as part of Extreme Rituals: A Schimpfluch Carnival.
The CMC's four concert series of solo performances begins on 9 August with Andreja Malir.
Details of the RTE NSO's exciting programme for next season have recently been announced, along with confirmation of their continued relationship with Alan Buribayev.
The composer and electronica artist is releasing a new work for string quartet and electronics for free download.
The electro-acoustic performance group will bring a programme of works for harpsichord and electronics to the Bucharest festival.
Three new singles from the standouts acts of X Factor 2011 LIttle Mix, Amelia Lily and Misha B.
Spin magazine fires a third of its staff and cancel its November/December issue, suggesting the end is nigh for its print editions.
The line up for this year’s An Droichead Festival includes Iarla Ó Lionáird and Steve Cooney, Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Pádraig Rynne, Dónal Lunny, John McSherry and Graham Henderson.
Crash Ensemble launch Fund it campaign to support their co-commissioning of a new work from Glenn Branca.
World Orchestra Mountjoy Square is looking for musicians to participate in its cosmopolitan cultural project.
As part of the international Summer School of Early Irish Harp in August, the Historical Harp Society of Ireland is presenting its tenth summer concert series of medieval to eighteenth century Gaelic music in Kilkenny, Galway and Dublin.
The Irish Composers' Collective to explore audio-visual repertoire at the National Concert Hall in August.
For its twenty-fifth anniversary year, the Irish Traditional Music Archive has planned a rolling programme of publications, projects and events.
The Classical, Music and Wired strands all focus on artists that fuse or defy genres, with an eclectic mix of international and Irish music.
The Irish choir mark their twenty-fifth anniversary with a new album and a Dublin concert.
Two new operas by the Irish composers Benedict Schlepper-Connolly and Garrett Sholdice will be performed back-to-back in the Project Arts Centre next month, on 24 and 25 August.
The New Yorker music writer Alex Ross will give a lecture on the connections between James Joyce and Richard Wagner in Galway on 28 July as part of the Galway Arts Festival.
The third Listen at Lilliput event features Natasha Lohan, Alexis Nealon, Rachel Ní Chuinn and Gavin Prior on 29 July in the reading room of the Lilliput Press, Dublin.
Mike Scott of the Waterboys has a number readings from his recently published autobiography Adventures of a Waterboy coming up in Kilkenny, Cork, Glasgow and London.
Irish singer Michelle O'Rourke and cellist Kate Ellis have been selected to perform in the Huddersfield Short series in November, as part of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.
Martin Hayes features centrally in this year's Feakle Festival, playing in Triúr, with Dennis Cahill, possibly with the Tulla Céilí Band, and as the subject of a feature-length documentary called Natural Grace.
The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra premiere Linda Buckley's piece 'Surge' at a free lunchtime concert in Dublin.
Guitar players Dennis Cahill, John Doyle, and Steve Cooney are among the performers playing at the West Cork Music Masters of Tradition festival in Bantry House next month.
International jazz and world music acts come together for a week of fusion concerts and masterclasses in Sligo.
Part of the Beyond the Season series of concerts, the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra will be joined by the singer and electronic music ensemble for a concert of new and old Irish music.
The August Kaleidoscope features Lynda O’Connor and Ailbhe McDonagh, Deirdre Moynihan and Alec O’Leary, Leonie Bluett, and Toner Quinn and Malachy Bourke.
Derek McGinley and Tara Connaghan are taking their south-west Donegal music to Dublin, Galway, and Donegal this summer.
Dán is a new live collaboration project featuring Guidewires, Kan, a Breton quartet and the singer Alyth McCormack, ‘melding traditional and jazz musical cultures from Ireland, France and Scotland, with elements from the Middle East and Gal
The Big Bang Festival this year includes a celebration of the place of rhythm in Irish music through a concert by Dónal Lunny with Roisín Elsafty and Máirtín O’Connor.
NUI Maynooth is recruiting for three posts in its Music Department, with closing deadlines of 19 and 27 July.
On his latest solo album Colm Gannon plays with Alec Finn and Johnny 'Ringo' McDonagh on bodhrán (members of the original DeDannan), and he is joined for one set by his wife Kelly Gannon on concertina.
The pianist and violist will present a concert that explores the range of repertoire for the duo from Brahms to Arvo Part on 28 July.
The weekend festival of new Irish and international music features a host of experimental and innovative acts, and a number of works from the festival's calls for work.
Spin Magazine heads further toward digital, and away from print, publishing.
A new album from fiddler Mick Conneely and accordion player David Munnelly has been launched by Ben Lennon at the Willie Clancy Summer School.
The Project Arts Centre has announced Crash Ensemble as its new 'new music ensemble in residence', with an official launch on 31 July.
The new gig is called Chameleon, and the band members will be familiar to regulars of the Isotope residency down the years: Hugh Buckley on guitar, Shane O'Donovan on drums, Phil Ware on piano, and Neil O'Loghlen on bass.
The RTÉ NSO close their summer series with concerts celebrating young artists and Dublin City of Science.
Among the many new recordings being promoted around the Willie Clancy Summer School this week is the debut solo album from Caitlín Nic Gabhann, one of the tutors at the School, featuring six of her own compositions.
A new work by Linda Buckley will be premiered by the RTÉ NSO on 24 July.
Johnny Moynihan of Planxty fame will be among the first performers at a new weekly folk club in the Grand Social's Ballroom space in Dublin.
Béal have issued a call for scores of text-based pieces that respond to the work of composer Robert Ashley for this year's Béal Festival.
Martín Alvarado performs in Dublin on 24 August as part of the International Tango Festival.
Good Piping is the name of new documentary film by a young filmmaker from Nashville, Davis Watson, who sold his car to come to Ireland and document the history of the uilleann pipes.
This year's Summer Festival of Opera runs on 29 July and 5 August in Bray.
Tony MacMahon and Steve Cooney are back playing together in an ongoing series of ‘kitchen concerts’ which they put on in private homes for specially invited local audiences.
Hunter's Moon Festival is seeking contributions for its 2012 edition.
Ensemble Ériu is a new project developed by concertina player Jack Talty and double bass and flute player Neil O’Loghlen to combine a wide range of influences and musicians from many backgrounds and create 'contemporary settings for Ir
Fidelio Trio have been announced as artists-in-residence at St. Patrick's College in Drumcondra.
Bill Evans’ new album, In Good Company, features bluegrass and American roots musicians including Tim O’Brien, Laurie Lewis, the Infamous Stringdusters, Joy Kills Sorrow, Darol Anger, Stuart Duncan, Mike Marshall, and Rob Ickes.
Aiming to provide something of a platform for otherwise neglected music, Music We'd Like To Hear begins on 4 July in London.
Running throughout the day on 5 July, Lá Gaelach at the Global Village during the Volvo Ocean Race features, among many others, tin whistle player Nóirín Ní Shúilleabháin joined by her brothers Seán and Frankie Gavin.
Independent label and stalwart champion of Ireland's instrumental rock bands is to close with a final concert in November.
The Derry music festival has launched a 2012 programme that heavily features new Irish music.
Zoë Conway, John Mc Intyre and a line-up of special guests will perform six concerts in Carlingford, beginning on 22 July.
Bowerbird is a programme over two nights of performances by musicians including Andy Irvine, Martin Carthy, Adrian Crowley and Sam Amidon.
Cork Institute of Technology is offering PhD scholarships, one of which may be awarded in music.
Na Píobairí Uilleann (NPU) is seeking donations to be able to deliver the full programme of courses planned at its new pipe-making training facility, PipeCraft, in Clonshaugh, Dublin.
Concorde will perform a new piece by Raymond Deane alongside music by Deirdre McKay, Wolfgang Rihm and others on 1 July.
Annbjørg Lien, currently performing with the String Sisters at the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention, has released her eighth solo album, Khoom Loy, on Compass Records.
The Irish Composition Summer School will celebrate its thirtieth year with a special event on 7 July.
Guitarist Philip Lawson will perform music by Dave Flynn, J.S. Bach, Toru Takemitsu, John Dowland and Astor Piazolla in Dublin on 29 June.
Lau are playing concerts at the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention in McGrorys, Culdaff, Co Donegal; in the Glens Centre in Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim; and in the Seamus Ennis Cultural Centre, in Naul, Co Dublin over the coming days.
Trinity College professor Matthew Causey's band combines Louisiana rhythm-and-blues with punk and alt-country in an academic experiment-turned-band.
Concerts at Blas this year at the Irish World Academy at the University of Limerick feature Iarla Ó Lionáird, Steve Cooney, Tom Doorley, Derek Hickey and guests on Wednesday 27 June, and Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich, Seamus Begley, Michelle Mulca
With participants from France, Germany, Russia, Japan, the USA and Ireland, Cairde na Cruite’s harp festival, An Chúirt Chruitireachta, has a strong international aspect.
Ireland's National Music Day, love:live music, features over 300 events around the country on Thursday, 21 June.
After the departure of Eugene Downes in May, the board of Culture Ireland have announced Christine Sisk as acting CEO.
Tibetan singer, Yungchen Lhamo and Liam Ó Maonlaí perform together at the Hawk’s Well Theatre on Saturday, 7 July as part of the Cairde Festival in Sligo, and on 18 August Ó Maonlaí will perform an outdoor concert at Ballykeeffe Amphitheatr
Leafzang is an instrumental sextet led by Paddy Groenland on guitar, with Lioba Petrie, Matthew Berrill, Matthew Halpin, Neil O'Loghlen, and Andre Antunes, which takes its cue 'from ECM European jazz and soundrack-like atmospheric
Pipers playing the NPU Session with the Pipers series during the summer include Donnacha Dwyer, John Tuohy and Marion McCarthy.
Interested composers must be based in Ireland, and submit a proposed work for the programme's Ensemble in Residence, the ConTempo Quartet.
The Irish Youth Choir are marking their anniversary with Soundworlds, a tour celebrating innovation in choral music.
The four-piece from Mayo and Dublin, Tupelo, are about to embark on a European tour and have released a single, 'Irishman', from their 2011 album Dirty Money to promote it; while the duo from Ballyfermot, the Feekers, have just re
The West Cork Chamber Music Festival will take place across four venues in Cork from 29 June to 7 July, with a special focus on music for strings.
The Nashville-based singer-songwriter, Diana Jones, promoting her latest album, High Atmosphere, is playing three Irish dates later in the month, including Whelan’s in Dublin.
The Irish Chamber Orchestra will perform in Offaly, Clare, Tipperary and Kilkenny in July.
Percussionist Alex Petcu will perform a solo concert in Dublin on 22 June.
Christy Moore is playing a series of three concerts for the Liffey Banks Sessions in Dublin, one solo and two with guests including Liam O'Flynn, Laoise Kelly and the Máirtín O'Connor band.
Pianist Ivan Ilic will perform Satie, Chopin/Godowsky and Feldman in Dublin on 22 June.
A selection of recordings of Ian Wilson's music is currently available free of charge from the Contemporary Music Centre.
Luka Bloom has a new album out featuring guests including Rita Connolly, Steve Cooney, Máirtín O’Connor, Conor Byrne, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Dónal Lunny and Frankie Lane.
NI Opera have teamed five Northern Irish composers and playwrights to commission five opera shorts, to be premiered at the end of June in Belfast.
The Malahide chamber choir win the awards for International Choir, Irish Mixed Voice Choir and Best Irish Language Song at the first Mayo Choral Festival.
An Góilín singers Jerry O'Reilly and Barry Gleeson are giving separate performances this weekend in Cork and Dublin respectively.
The CMC's new 'Live at Your Place' initiative begins on 21 June with a performance in the Traffic Control Unit of Dublin City Council.
Dundalk Institute of Technology advertising Assistant Lecturer in Recording Technologies and Music Production position, with closing date of 15 June.
A concert based on orchestral arrangements of some of Lúnasa's most celebrated sets performed with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra is to be part of an international conference on Parkinson's disease and movement disorders.
Galway singer-songwriter Seán Tyrrell is on a short tour to coincide with the release of his new album Walker of the Snow which features versions of 'Can't help but wonder where I'm bound', 'You are my sunshine'
Aylish E. Kerrigan's book on Schoenberg's Opus 15 to be launched at the tenth Society of Musicology in Ireland conference on 15 June.
The long-running weekly jazz session at JJ Smyths jazz and blues venue will come to a close with a final gig on Thursday, 7 June.
This year’s public concerts at the Blas summer school include performances by Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich, Seamus Begley, Michelle Mulcahy and guests; and Iarla Ó Lionáird and Steve Cooney, and Tom Doorley and Derek Hickey.
Applications are being invited for the Kodály Society of Ireland Summer Course 2012, which will be held in July.
A recent study claims to demonstrate that American popular music now utilises more complex emotional cues, with an increase in length and a pervasiveness of slower tempi, as compared to earlier decades.
The innovative Seattle-based string quartet announce details of their programme to commission work from young composers.
Ergodos Musicians will perform a concert built around the premiere of Linda Buckley's I Have Five Things to Say on 16 June.
What’s this? A (kind o') first (type o') album from a (sort o') new artist?
The RTÉ Lyric FM garden designed by Paul Martin, called 'Summertime and The Listening is Easy', has been awarded one of six gold medals for show gardens at this year’s Bloom.
The Derry-based art centre have issued a call for original music for two Theatre of Witness plays in 2012 and 2013.
Celine Byrne will perform in a gala concert on 1 June to celebrate the launch of the RTÉ NSO summer season.
Citing as influences Andy Irvine, Joni Mitchell, Seán Tyrrell, Joan Baez, and Anne Briggs, singer and musician, Mossy Nolan has released his first album packaged and designed in a most original style.
The music education scheme run by Music Network with funding from U2 and The Ireland Funds is recruiting musicians and music educators for the school year 2012/2013.
ConTempo Quartet perform music from Louth and Meath on 5 June at the National Concert Hall.
In what they refer to as a ‘free-range recording’, Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh and Danny O’ Mahony have released a concertina-accordion duo album, ‘as it happened’, and suggest that 'being able to hear every note ...
Alarm Will Sound will perform John Cage's Song books in Cork on 6 June.
The Irish Music Rights Organisation host their first networking event since running the very first course in music composition for video games, with the second course taking place in June.
Triúr Arís is the second album from the trio of Peadar Ó Riada, Martin Hayes and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, featuring twenty new pieces composed by Ó Riada, and dedicated to the memory of Muiris Ó Rócháin.
The Community of Independents, part of Dublin Community TV, has released a documentary about the DIY movement in Ireland's rock music scene.
Greg Caffrey's Takemitsu's Dream has won joint first prize in the Concurso Counterpoint competition.
The sixth annual festival, organised by children's charity the Musical Youth Foundation, has begun in Dublin, including music, art and food events.
NAFCo includes academic papers, keynote addresses, tribute concerts, new commissions, masterclasses and practitioner demonstrations.
UCC is offering fee-waiver awards to applicants to each of its three taught School of Music and Theatre MA programmes.
The Arts Council is accepting applications for its recording fund, designed to give support to performers and composers working in non-commercial genres to ensure the maximum dissemination of their work.
eX will perform four staged and costumed shows about possession on 7, 8, 9 and 10 June.
There will be very considerable Scandinavian representation at the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention in Derry next month, including performances by Majorstuen, Frikar, Habadekuk, Fiolmionisteriet, Goran Premberg and Matts Nilsson.
One of the more peculiar events in the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention programme is the Donegal Fiddle Day consisting of a bus tour through south-west Donegal and ending at a narrated concert in Glenties.
The Irish composer's first release on Delphian Records features RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, the Fidelio Trio and clarinettist Robert Plane.
Dublin String Quartet will give a concert of final year DIT students' compositions on 24 May.
Sharon Rollston, previously Performance Programmes Manager, succeeds Deirdre McCrea as CEO of the professional arts organisation dedicated to live music.
One of the non-music events taking place during the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention is an exhibition of paintings of famous living fiddlers, including Martin Hayes, Nancy Kerr, and Ado Barker, called Fiddle Icons.
The first North Atlantic Fiddle Convention to be hosted in Ireland will include over two hundred events showcasing music and dance traditions from Ireland, Scotland, Shetland, Orkney, England, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Galicia, Canada and th
The Long Live EP from The Raglans will be Whelan's Records inaugural release and will be launched on 25 May at the Dublin venue.
What is being billed as Ireland's first third level degree programme in popular music will run at Cork School of Music from September 2012.
From this recording project, the group Tremolo has been formed, featuring Donnelly on fiddle; Donncha Moynihan on guitar, five-string banjo, keyboards and ebow; Karl Nesbitt on bouzouki, bodhrán, flute and didgeridoo; and Stijn van Been on
The choir will perform a concert that explores the legacy of Bach from Mendelssohn to Wilson
The Dublin Laptop Orchestra perform as part of the Contemporary Music Centre's new music::new Ireland salon on 30 May.
This year's Galway Early Music Festival, with performances from early music specialists on authentic period instruments, takes place 17 – 20 May.
The Irish Composers' Collective next monthly concert will be given by Vox Merus on 31 May.
love:live music launches today with plans for over 200 free live music events around the country on 21 June next including Lá Ceoil in Dublin, Clonmel Loves Live Music, and with the participation of, among others, the Royal Irish Academy of
Ergodos present an intimate evening with the two musicians at The Back Loft in Dublin on 17 May.
Crash Ensemble will be ensemble in residence at this year's Huddersfield festival, whose early bird tickets have just gone on sale.
Being dedicated to her father, Michael Ryan (‘for loving the music so much that you did everything possible to help me love it too’), and featuring so many tunes Ryan learned from Tommy Maguire in the London Irish Centre, this is clearly a
Winning works by Solfa Carlile, Bill McGrath and J. Harry Whalley will be premiered during the West Cork Chamber Music Festival.
NewSoundWorld's next monthly concert will be given by the Amstel Quartet and Maria McGarry on 16 May.
Performers such as Séamus Begley, Oisín MacDiarmada, Edel Fox, Dermot Bynre, Natalie Haas, Alan Doherty, John Spillane, Alan Kelly, Conal Ó Grada, and Niamh Parsons will feature in this summer's Steeple Sessions at the Unitarian Church
Carol-Ann McKenna has been appointed as the new General Manager of the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland.
The composer will be joined by performers Ailbhe Nic Oireachtaigh on viola and Ed Devane on his homemade monochord for the third performance of his dronefield work.
The twin exhibitions of Rua Red's annual digital arts and technologies festival open 11 May and close 15 June with a performance from the Spatial Music Collective
CAN Percussion trio embark on an Irish tour on 13 June, playing four dates around the country before finishing up in Castlebar on 19 June.
A wide range of musical productions are at the heart of the just-announced Cork Opera House summer programme, including a concert by the Dubliners, the Irish premiere of John Cage's Song Books, a screening of Myles O'Reilly's
The festival brings together contemporary movement and music from across Europe.
Fleadh Nua in Ennis and the Skerries Trad Music Weekend are coming up later in the month and reflect how busy some traditional musicians are these days between workshops, sessions and concerts.
The annual gospel music festival brings together performers and enthusiasts for concerts and workshops in Bray 11 – 13 May
St. Patrick's College Drumcondra have issued a call for applications to be resident piano trio at the school, with closing date of 31 May.
A new Music Network tour features singers Seosaimhín Ní Bheaglaoich, Siân James and Mary Macmaster celebrating the shared musical traditions of the native-language communities in Ireland, Wales and Scotland.
The Kilkenny Arts Festival has sent out an open invitation for singers to take part in its Festival Choir.
Vicky Langan concert and exhibition at Galway Arts Centre on 19 May.
Sunday afternoon’s Four Winds concert in the Parochial Hall, Louisburgh features performers from Japan, Australia, Sweden, Germany, Zimbabwe, England and the USA.
A week-long pilot programme of talks and discussions revolving around innovation in the music industry is looking for participants.
The next event in the Irish Chamber Orchestra's Sing Out with Strings series takes place on 16 May.
Dublin production company Ergodos to bring the London singer/cellist here for one concert in The Grand Social
The CMC's Art of Sound and New Music Trail introduce audiences to a wide range of contemporary Irish music.
Visiting musicians include Cormac Begley, Micheál and MacDara Ó Raghallaigh, Danny O’Mahony, Kevin Rowsome and Lorraine Hickey, Mick O’Brien and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Róisín White, Johnny ‘Ringo’ McDonagh, and Rosie Stewart.
The Music and Media Technology course at Trinity presents a concert and exhibition of MPhil. student music on 3 and 4 May.
Violinist Darragh Morgan brings a programme of new Irish violin music to the contemporary music festival at Canterbury
Starring Barry McGovern, Conor MacNeill, Steve Blount, Michael McElhatton, Kathy Rose O’Brien, Joe Taylor and Kerstin Aquaviva, The Pipes will air at 8pm on Sunday, 6 May on RTÉ Radio 1 in the 'Drama on One' slot.
Headlining acts at this year's Féile Oriel are the Voice Squad, Liz and Yvonne Kane, the West Ocean String Quartet and a night of Donegal fiddle playing with Danny Meehan, Tommy Peoples, and Tara Connaghan and Derek McGinley.
The joint Arts Council/Temple Bar Cultural Trust initiative will help arts organisations connect with their audiences
Following live performances from eight groups from around the country last night in the National Concert Hall, judges Síle Denvir, Ciarán Ó Maonaigh and Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich declared Teaspach from Sligo Grammar School the winners.
The Baltimore Fiddle Fair is twenty years old this year, and is celebrating its popularity with musicians with an extended programme made up of some of their favourite acts from down the years.
The latest edition of Dundalk I.T.'s Musica Nova takes place from 30 April to 3 May, and features appearances from Hilary Mullaney, Rhona Clarke, Elizabeth Hilliard and David Bremner.
The line-up for the very first festival in the Mayo town includes Ray Davies and Jools Holland.
Irish jazz festival awarded for its innovative and adventurous programming
Zbigniew Karkowski, Anton Lukoszevieze and Ryan Jordan perform in London on 17 May, and across Ireland in the same week, to celebrate the launch of Nerve Cell_0.
The noise label Broken Flag celebrates thirty years with a festival in London from 4 to 6 May.
Described as 'a collection of like-minded musicians', the Buzz Aldrin Allstars are made up of musicians from various Dublin-based groups, including Si Schroeder, 3epkano, Halfset, Strands, United Bible Studies and Beautiful Unit.
Details of some connected concerts coming up, and of the new album from Cathal Hayden, Séamie O'Dowd and Máirtín O'Connor.
Charlie and Éilís Lennon, Síle Denvir and Neansaí Ní Choisdealbha are among musicians performing at a concert in Indreabhán, Conamara this week to celebrate forty years of Raidió na Gaeltachta.
RTÉ NSO announce cancellation of 18 May Soundings concert and re-scheduling of Late Night event.
News that Donegal fiddler Tommy Peoples was yesterday made a member of Aosdána has been warmly welcomed in traditional music circles.
A new PhD program has been founded in University College Cork which focuses on exploring the relationship between music, sound and theatre.
The Association of Irish Composers' Summer School will take place in July and feature guest composer Bent Sørensen.
Improvising drummer known for collaborations with Evan Parker and Harry Beckett died from cancer earlier this month in London.
The Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre production in collaboration with Liam Ó Maonlaí is starting to tour internationally and will be back in Ireland during the summer.
The charity's multicultural 'gig with a difference' will bring together Irish and world music
The annual day celebrating and supporting independent record shops features a host of exclusive releases, including some from Irish acts.
The English clarinettist and conductor Alan Hacker, OBE, passed away on 16 April.
The Donegal surf and music festival takes place 29 June – 1 July, with Happy Mondays, The Kaiser Chiefs and The Coronas.
The Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition's gala concert of opera at Dublin Castle with Cara O'Sullivan takes place on 21 April.
The Allianz-sponsored awards have nine categories for exceptional creative practices within business
The Siansa Gael Linn 2012 finals, taking place in the National Concert Hall later this month, include groups from Sligo, Mayo, Galway, Waterford, Tipperary, and Dublin.
Music by Schumann, Haydn, Laura Moody, David Fennessy and more features in the next Kaleidoscope Night, whilst new music::new Ireland features performances of previous Kaleidoscope commissions.
Peruvian singer Susana Baca and Norwegian Tord Gustavsen Trio to headline Bray Jazz Festival 2012
This Thursday, 19 April Raidió na Gaeltachta will hold a celebratory concert in Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin in Derry as part of the station’s forty year anniversary celebrations.
The Irish Music Rights Organisation have launched a new website, tying together the work done by the thirty-four author societies across Europe
Conor Byrne is playing in UCD, and Wally Page and Johnny Mulhearn are playing in Spiddal, but what is the connection?
Celine Byrne will star in the role of Mimi in Puccini's La Bohème at London's Royal Opera House, following her dramatic performance in Rusalka at the house in March.
The Royal Irish Academy of Music's first student-led ensemble, aims to provide young performers with opportunities to get involved in playing contemporary music.
Produced by Gerry O’Beirne and engineered by Trevor Hutchinson, The Plum Tree and The Rose is a departure for McQuaid in that most of the songs on it she wrote herself.
Dublin traditional fusion band Spook of the Thirteenth Lock are releasing their second album, The Brutal Here and Now on Transduction Records, produced by Stephen Shannon and Enda Bates.
Ciarán Ó Maonaigh of Fidil is performing in Bewley's next week with concertina player and dancer, Caitlín Nic Gabhann.
The Tocht Festival of Dance is taking place this weekend at Siamsa Tíre Theatre, Town Park, Tralee, County Kerry, and the Fonn Rince dance school is on next weekend in Tigh Roy, Ionad Cultúrtha in the Glen of Aherlow, County Tipperary.
Vox Novus have issued a call for works of one minute in length or shorter, for composers of all ages and nationalities.
The ninth annual festival exploring guitar music features a range of styles and genres, and Irish and international performers and ensembles in a series of concerts and seminars in Dublin.
This Arts Council-funded tour takes in Cloverfield in County Limerick, Burncourt in Tipperary, Rahanna in Carlow, Ballickmoyler in Laois, Baltinglass in Wicklow, and Milltown in Westmeath.
PhD student Susan Gill is looking for participants for her research into the DIY approach in Irish contemporary music.
Striving, as they put it themselves, to embrace in their music both 'the needs of the dancer' and 'the needs of the concert patron', the Kilfenora Céilí Band have released their eighth album, this one produced by Kevin C
New Music Alive Book II, a free workbook of eight lessons for music educators, was launched on 1 April.
The musicians Simon Jermyn, Seán Carpio, Isabelle O'Connell, Seán Mac Erlaine, and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh will take up residence in the Project Arts Centre in Dublin shortly for a week of musical experimentation culminating in a night
Irish singer, songwriter and composer Laura Sheeran has released her third solo album, 'What the World Knows'.
Soloists Georgia Cusack and Deborah Landolt will join the Diversus Guitar Ensemble for the ensemble's only concert in 2012.
Two very different traditional music festivals are coming up after Easter. Clifden in Conamara plays it safe with a tried-and-tested formula, while the Flute Meeting in Baile Bhuirne is trying out some interesting formats.
Music Network have opened applications for its annual award, aimed at providing young classical ensembles with the help they need to get their professional career underway.
The line-up has been announced for the Ballydehob Jazz Festival in May.
Music at the Abbey is rare enough, but a musical? A new musical? A musical from 'inherently queer, creative, boundary-pushing' Thisispopbaby?
Just back from the Malasian World Music Festival, the Antrim band Beoga, featuring Damian McKee, Seán Óg Graham, Liam Bradley, Eamon Murray and Niamh Dunne, are to play two concerts in Ireland this month.
The Arts Council has announced details of deadlines for a number of funding and grant opportunities for musicians and composers.
The Irish Baroque Orchestra together with the choir Resurgam will tour Bach's largest passion to Cavan, Galway and Kilkenny in April.
The director Dónal Ó Céilleachair discusses his documentary about the collaboration of Peadar Ó Riada, Martin Hayes and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, which is to be broadcast next week on RTÉ One.
The Dublin-based music agency Music Network is looking for an experienced arts management professional to be its new CEO.
The Hibernian Orchestra bring a programme of Russian music to Dublin on 1 April.
The county Fleadh season is getting underway, and one of the earliest to take place is the Carlow Fleadh which returns to Leighlinbridge this weekend.
Johann Johannsson, Hauschka and Dustin O'Halloran, all on the FatCat label, will travel to Ireland in May.
The National Chamber Choir and Paul Hillier will tour a programme of Irish and Irish-inspired music in April.
Fiddle player and composer Liz Carroll did an 'illustrated' interview recently with the National Endowment for the Arts, and spoke at length about her musical life in Chicago, the nature of traditional Irish music, the culture of
Grants of up to £3,000 are available to musicians through the Emerging Excellence Awards, which are administered by the Musicians Benevolent Fund.
The Body and Soul Festival, now in its third year, will be held on 22—24 June at Ballinlough Castle, County Westmeath.
Just back from a tour in China, where they played a concert at the National Centre for Performing Arts in Beijing, collaborated with musicians from the Central Conservatory of Music and performed on St Patrick's Day at the Irish Embass
The Contemporary Music Centre, Dublin, is carrying out research into composers' preservation of digital records by asking composers to complete an online questionnaire.
Having recently reunited with Gerry Cullen and Fran McPhail and performed a segment at the Céilí House St Patrick’s Day concert in the National Concert Hall, Callery is very much back performing after a relatively quiet period in terms of c
President Michael D. Higgins has been announced as the sole patron of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, effective immediately.
UCD Trad Soc presents fiddle player Liam O'Connor accompanied by John Blake on guitar this Thursday, 22 March in the Gerard Manley Hopkins Centre, UCD Belfield.
A new initiative to bring together music promoters and producers will take place at the Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, on Tuesday, 27 March
The line up of performers at the TG4 Gradam Ceoil 2012 (Traditional Music Awards) concert on next Saturday, 24 March in the University of Limerick Concert Hall has been announced.
Ireland's annual competition for classical musicians, runs from 20 to 30 March this year.
Whirligig, one of a series of similar events organised by the Improvised Music Company, will feature two groups on Thursday, 29 March, at the Workman's Club, Dublin.
Cois Cladaigh, the choir that sang at Michael D. Higgins presidential inauguration, will perform twice in Paris on the St Patrick's Day weekend.
The Gospel Rising Music Festival will take place this year in Bray, and will run from 11 to 13 May.
Taking Johann Sebastian Bach’s organ chorale prelude, ‘Ich ruf’ zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ’ as its starting point, 'I Call to You' features new arrangements of the prelude by Jonathan Nangle, Simon O’Connor and Garrett Sholdice, an
The Radisson Blu Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin 8, is hosting live jazz, swing and bossa nova performances every Friday in March, April and May. Admission is free.
The Galway Early Music Festival will run from 17 to 20 May, and features performances by Cois Cladaigh, Coracle and others.
Among the few first releases from cottage record label, Raelach Records, run by Jack Talty, is Saileog Ní Cheannabháin’s I bhfíor-dheiriú oidhche. The album consists of twelve songs that Séamus Ennis collected in Iorras Aithneach, Conamara.
The Irish Chamber Orchestra collaborate with Joana Carneiro for performances of Mozart, Schoenberg and Agnew.
This is number two in a new series of weekend master classes for advanced level students organised by Áras Oidhreacht an Chláir, as part of a broader educational programme they are developing.
The Journal of Music is collecting information about Irish traditional music sessions, to compile a discerning guide to sessions around the country.
'We need a population that is willing to rock the boat, stand up and be non-compliant with the status quo,' say the organisers of Trailblaze, which brings together musicians, artists, social entrepreneurs and activists.
This Royal Irish Academy of Music conference aims to bring academics, performers and music enthusiasts together to examine the role of women and music in Ireland, their relationship with music and their collaborations with their peers.
Ciaran Carson's novel The Star Factory will be performed in Belfast using a John Cage score, to mark Cage's centenary.
The Contemporary Music Centre, Dublin, is recruting a full-time Library Co-Ordinator. Applicants must have degree in music and third-level qualifications in library and information systems.
Young Dublin band, the Bonny Men, are playing the Workman’s Club, Wellington Quay on St Patrick's Day, and the Liffey Banks Sessions’ last gig in the Grand Social on 22 March.
John Godfrey's Quiet Music Ensemble issue open call for scores with a deadline of 5 May.
The winner of this year's Choice Music Prize was announced at an event featuring all ten nominated acts at the Olympia Theatre, Dublin, on Thursday, 8 March.
A concert raising money for the people of Gaza will take place on Sunday, 11 March, in Galway. Musicians taking part include Dónal Lunny, Máirtín O'Connor and Róisín Elsafty.
Three interesting gigs are happening at Whelan's venue in Dublin from 9 to 11 March, with performances from Tieranniesaur, Patrick Kelleher & His Cold Dead Hands and Natural Snow Buildings.
MC Jerry O’Reilly will be teaching some more easy set-dances to music from Colm Delaney on concertina, Peter Staunton on accordion and Phil Gaynor on drums.
The all-female Toyo Eiwa Jogakuin Choir will be marking the anniversary of last year's earthquake and tsunami in Japan, with two concerts in Dublin.
Ivernia, Manchester's first Irish orchestra, will debut at Manchester Cathedral on Sunday, 11 March 2012, as part of the Manchester Irish Festival.
Crash Ensemble's Free State VII, featuring the work of eleven young composers, will take place on 5 April at the National Concert Hall, Dublin.
Born in New York in 1925, Robert B Sherman won two Oscars for his film scores, which also include Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the Aristocrats and Winnie the Pooh.
Music is the Key, by consultant speech and language therapist Karen O'Connor, describes how children with autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, dyspraxia and other developmental challenges can benefit from music-based therapy.
The new award, which is presented in association with the American Ireland Fund, will be bestowed at an event in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on Thursday, 8 March.
The maximum amount for the Arts Council's music commissions award is €10,000. Submissions should be made by Thursday, 15 March 2012.
The top award went to Cork Opera House, with regional prizes going to the Grand Social in Dublin, the Roisín Dubh in Galway, the Crane Bar in Cork, Voodoo in Letterkenny and the Mermaid Arts Centre in Bray.
The successful applicant will manage all aspects of the orchestra's organisation, including finances, administration, operations, development and marketing.
A young Irish composer, Sebastian Adams, is through to the final of the Sorodha International Composition Competition. The prize is awarded for a composition written for solo violin.
The app, developed by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, is designed to improve skills such as sight-reading and musical memory.
A new suite of sea shanties from Shaun Davey, and a performance by the recently re-formed Voice Squad are items that might be overlooked at the National Concert Hall in March.
Rura is a five-piece band from the west of Scotland including three BBC Radio Scotland ‘Young Traditional Musician of The Year’ finalists and an All Ireland bodhrán champion.
The quartet in residence is comprised of Mike Nielsen (guitar), Sam Comerford (saxophone), Cormac O'Brien (bass) and James Mackin (drums).
The festival, curated by violinist Maya Homburger and double bass player Barry Guy, takes place at Borris House, Carlow, and Duiske Abbey, Kilkenny, on 2–4 March.
Guests will have the opportunity to try out various instruments, and teachers will be on hand to discuss any questions children or adults may have about their music education.
Selected composers will be announced by Sir Peter Maxwell Davis during a concert with the London Sinfonietta at the Sounds New contemporary music festival, which takes place on 4—15 May this year.
The date for Ireland's national music day, Thursday, 21 June, was chosen to coincide with the International Music Day/Fête de la Musique, which is celebrated worldwide.
The Conservatory of Ghent, Belgium, together with the Belgian ensembles Ictus and Spectra, offers an 'Advanced Master in Contemporary Music' course, designed for performing musicians specialising in contemporary music.
The Donegal Chamber Orchestra, which features students and amateur musicians from across the county, is seeking new members for the 2012—2013 season.
A fundraiser event for the Simon Community will be held in Dublin on Tuesday, 21 February, featuring Dónal Dineen and John Kelly.
The app allows musicians to create multi-tracked recordings from scratch, or to contribute new layers to recordings by well-known artists.
A new lecture series on Irish traditional music is dedicated to the piper Martin Reilly, who died in 1904. The first lecture is titled 'Folk Music Collecting in Galway Before the Famine'.
Joan Armatrading has been announced as the headline artist for this year's Sligo Live Festival. The singer will perform at the new Knocknarea Arena.
Hamilton will speak about his music at the Music Composition Centre in Trinity College, Dublin. Admission is free but tickets should be reserved.
The Contemporary Music Centre (CMC) based on Fishable Street, Dublin, is seeking a PR and marketing intern to be employed under the JobBridge scheme.
Participants in a three-day course will be a assigned a composition brief to create a game score. The course takes place at the Windmill Lane Studios in Dublin.
The application deadline for the second round of Sky Arts funding for young artists is approaching. Applicants should be aged between eighteen and thirty and based in the UK or Ireland.
With reports this week that three Dublin music venues are to close, read back on some of our writers' experiences in these spaces.
The three month, unpaid position is said to suit students and graduates seeking work experience in the arts.
The singer and flute player, last year's Gradam Ceoil Singer of the Year, will speak at the University of Limerick at 7pm on Monday, 13 February.
The singer, known for songs such as 'At Last' and 'Tell Mama', was seventy-three.
A new piece for electric guitar and orchestra by the Irish composer Ronan Guilfoyle will be performed for the first time in full on Friday, 20 January, at the National Concert Hall, Dublin.
3/Triúr, the group comprising Peadar Ó Riada, Martin Hayes and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, will give perform at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, on Sunday, 12 February.
Andy Irvine performs at Vicar Street in Dublin with Dónal Lunny, Liam O'Flynn and Paddy Glackin on Friday, 20 January, but has also announced a February solo show.
New music industry figures show that sales of pop music in Ireland now exceed those of rock and other genres.
New Sounds, a contemporary music programme on New York's WNYC station, has announced that Crash Ensemble has topped a recent listener poll.
Stephen Graham's round-up of classical music and opera news, upcoming classical and contemporary events and details of a free download of the new album from Bang on a Can All-Stars.
Ahead of their first USA concert, at this weekend's globalFEST in New York, Martin Hayes and Iarla Ó Lionáird discuss the music of their new band, the Gloaming.
Paul O'Connor's week in traditional music, including the Teetotallers' tour, and CDs from Triúr, Kevin Crawford, the Kilfenora Céilí Band and Dan Trueman.
Patrick Groenland's round-up of upcoming jazz and world music events, jazz festival news and some upcoming deadlines from the Arts Council.
Sligo band, JPTrio, is launching its eponymous first CD in Furey’s pub in Sligo on 29 December.
The Atlantic Music Festival Fellowship provides complete financial coverage of tuition, housing, and meals during the four weeks of residency.
The line-up of the ‘sonic pop-up’ afterwards is Donal Lunny, Donal Dineen, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (who is also giving a talk), Kate Ellis, Laura Sheeran, Linda Buckley and Seán Mac Erlaine.
Percussionist-composer Éamonn Cagney's debut CD, Convergence, features collaborators such as Niwel Tsumbu, Val Divan, Ciara O’Driscoll, Martin Tourish and Catriona O’Hora.
The recipients of the RTÉ Lyric FM and Irish Music Rights Organisation 'Mentored Composition Bursary' for 2012 have been announced as Seán Clancy and Enda Bates.
The new MA critically examines research and practice in music education, interrogating assumptions, values and practices underpinning research and practice in music education and explores areas such as sociology, philosophy and psychology.
Submitted works should be suitable for performance by the Timi Modern Music ensemble (erhu, pipa, guzheng, dizi (also playing xiao), two violins, saxophone, traditional Irish trio (accordion, Irish pipe, fiddle), with or without electronics
The programme was recorded in Matt Molloy's pub earlier in the month, and features the Chieftains with Triona Marshall and Tim Edey, with guests including Paul Brady, Eddi Reader, Martin Hayes, Mairtín O’Connor and the Kane sisters.
The Irish charity Suas Educational Development is selling a CD of African folk songs recorded by an award-winning primary school choir in Nairobi, Kenya as part of the school's fund raising this Christmas.
Northern Irish composer Ed Bennett has won a prestigious Philip Leverhulme Trust Prize in Performing and Visual Arts. Bennett's prize is worth £70,000.
The album features recordings of singers including Diarmuid Ó Súilleabháin, Seán Ó Liatháin, Máire Ní Cheocháin and Seán Ó Síocháin, and a live version of Seán Ó Riada playing ‘Aisling Gheal’.
The deadline for the Arts Council's music and traditional arts bursary awards — 19 January 2012 — is fast approaching. The maximum bursary award available is €15,000 per year.
The Irish Composers’ Collective stages its next concert on 13 December. The concert features the Rhombus Ensemble
Gloria is a Christmas-themed overview of the development of religious music from Hildegard of Bingen (1098 - 1179) to Arvo Pärt (b.
The Seán Ó Riada Competition, part of the Cork International Choral Festival, invites submissions of new compositions by Irish composers.
Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin has just released a CD called Songs of the Scribe, arising from her work at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry, and featuring ten new songs derived from ancient writings.
DJ Media Stream is an entertainment network that will allow users to stream and download media, ranging from music, movies and books, to games and news apps to any connected device, it is set to launch in early 2012.
The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra will host its 2012 Christmas Gala on 22 December at the National Concert Hall in Dublin, with Jessie Buckley, Gay Byrne and David Arnold all featuring.
She is the recipient of numerous awards for her music, including Michel Legrand's Personal Award in Vitebsk in 1994, several Polish music awards and multiple gold and platinum records.
Published by Na Píobairí Uilleann, the fourth in the DVD series 'Piper’s Choice' presents the playing and insights of three more players: Séan Potts, Brian MacNamara and Peter Browne.
The 2012 line-up and season schedule of the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland was announced on 1 December at the National Gallery in Dublin by the Minister for the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Mr. Jimmy Deenihan T.D.
Musica Nova is a semesterly contemporary music series of the Department of Music and Creative Media at the Dundalk Institute of Technology. Crash Ensemble cellist and Kaleidoscope curator Kate Ellis appears on 1 December.
The software has been designed to make working with electronic music as intuitive as possible and is the result of three years effort.
Tonight is DJ Donal Dineen's last broadcast on Today FM after fourteen years broadcasting at the station. 'Even if this particular show can't go on, the music certainly won't be stopping anytime soon,' said Dineen.
The funding regime has been reformed so that it is now decided on a ‘per pupil’ basis, with weighting for deprived areas. Aiming towards a fairer regime, some areas such as Manchester will see funding for music education drop as a result.
The launch event for the Frankie Kennedy Winter School (27 December 2011 to 1 January 2012) took place yesterday, hosted by Conor Byrne's Liffey Banks Sessions team at the Grand Social.
The Contemporary Music Centre in Dublin will launch the tenth volume of its Contemporary Music from Ireland series, which features ten recent Irish compositions, on 7 December at 6.00 p.m.
Any traditional music groups or individual performers interested in being considered for one of these showcases should email a link to their website to [email protected] before 15 December or post a CD to the IMRO office.
The programme committee invites proposals for individual papers of twenty minutes duration relating to any area of musicological research, performance practice, pedagogy or compositional activity.
Holland is a renowned jazz bass player, having played in Miles Davis’ ‘third great quintet’ alongside Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter, and leading his own formidable band in recent years.
Brass players of all standards are encouraged to take part. Gary Curtin will tutor musicians on breathing, teamwork and technique. Workshops are free, but advance registration is necessary in order to take part.
Benjamin Dwyer's new multimedia piece Umbilical will premiere on 4 November, and Dwyer will give a lecture at the Royal Irish Academy on 26 October ahead of the premiere.
Deceased Bothy Band member, Mícheál Ó Domhnaill is the subject of a new documentary to be shown on TG4 on 12 October, featuring reminiscences from his sisters Maighréad and Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill, as well as the likes of Paddy Glackin, Matt M
Culture Ireland will bring the second official Irish delegation to the festival, which is attended by hundreds of concert and festival bookers, labels, managers, producers, publishers and distributors from around the globe.
The fourth annual Engage Arts Festival takes place in Bandon, County Cork, from 22—25 of September, featuring music, literature, theatre, comedy, film, and visual art across twenty-five events, in addition to workshops and communi
These are part-time positions working in collaboration with the Editor. Excellent writing skills are essential. A broad musical interest is desirable, but applicants should also have specialist knowledge.
Féile na Laoch, a festival celebrating Irish cultural figures taking place in Cuil Aodha beginning on 29 July, has announced new 'laochra', or 'heroes', from the field of music.
This new incarnation of the competition is called the 'Reich Drumming Remix Competition' — the source material is now limited to the composer's percussion piece Drumming (1970—1971), specifically a recordi