Niall Keegan

Niall Keegan is a traditional flute player and course director of the MA in Irish Traditional Music Performance at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance.

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Irish harp music has evolved and diversified in recent history – now it ranges from the pub session to historical reconstructions and new-age airs.
Having read Dáithí Kearney’s response to my article ‘Let Go of the Language of the Past’ in the Dec/Jan issue, I feel I should 
respond and clarify my position. I agree that we 
can and must seek example and inspiration...
Let Go of the Language of the Past
The language we use around traditional music isn’t about making new music but about old music. We are judging today’s traditional music on the basis of what we imagine happened in the past, restricting the creative freedom of today’s artists. If the traditional arts are to flourish in the future, we have to start challenging the language of a past agenda.
The Pleasures of Hope: Flute Music from Belfast and Beyond, (HBMC09)
Buille 2Crow Vallely Music, CVCD0003This recording from two brothers forming a Cork outpost of the Armagh artistic dynasty is the second recording of the Buille ensemble. The recording is very much rooted in the compositions of the senior of the two brothers,...
The Crooked Picture, A Selection of Original Irish MusicSPCD001It would not be too inaccurate, if a little ungenerous, to say that band recordings of traditional Irish music tend to feature virtuosic boys showing off their rolls with middle-aged tunes and...
The Making of Irish Traditional MusicHelen O’SheaCork University Press (2008)One of the duties of musicology is that it must look at the way we structure our musical practice – socially, conceptually, culturally and musically (if you can really...
The TempestNa Píobairí Uileann (NPU CD 016) This album from Belfast-born uilleann piper Robbie Hannan is the third in The Ace and Deuce of Piping series of recordings, the first two being by Eliot Grasso and Emmett Gill. This album is of solo...
The Hare’s Corner – Cúinne an Ghiorria Plateau Records I should have realised from the e-mail from the editor of the Journal of Music asking if I would be interested in reviewing Colm Mac Con Iomaire’s new CD of ‘instrumental...
CD Reviews: Armagh Pipers Club
40th Anniversary AlbumWKPFCD002 The Armagh Pipers Club, founded in 1966, is one of the great modern institutions of the Irish traditional music world. They have managed to maintain an open mind to otherwise politicised ideas of tradition, exposing...
CD Reviews: Frank Cassidy
Nil gar ann! – Traditional Fiddle Music from Donegal – Played by Frank Cassidy (and in duet with John Doherty)Cairdeas na bhFídléirí CNF005This CD of a legendary fiddler is part of a modern obsession with historical recordings...
CD Reviews: Matt Molloy, John Carty and Arty McGlynn
Pathway to the Well – Recorded Live at Matt Molloy’sRacket Records, RR007When the superstar ensemble album occasionally comes along, it rarely lives up to its billing. I won’t mention any names, but we have all gone to the gig and bought...
CD Reviews: Aindreas de Staic
LatchicoThis is a recording of fiddle music with some Jew’s harp and what is definitely best accounted for here as ‘diddleying’. The music is mostly standard traditional dance tunes with a couple of North American fiddle pieces and...
OverneathSDE003The tradition of ensemble playing in Irish music has perhaps yet to find its place. Where it exists in surrounding traditions it tends to have its own central place in the life of these musics. In Ireland it is still seen as secondary to the...
The New ShoesCompass Records 744522Nuala Kennedy is a Co. Louth born flute, whistle player and singer who has spent all of her mature and professional musical life in Scotland. This album is her first solo effort following her first band Fine Friday and the...
Far From the Hills of DonegalCompass Records, 2007There are perhaps two approaches to recording an album. The first is to get across one idea, one sound, rejecting other aspects of your performance practice in an attempt to explore and express one aspect of...
Tradition in the midst of a flowering in Come West Along The Road, a DVD of traditional music from the 1960s, 70s and 80s.