Seán Ó Máille

Seán Ó Máille is a freelance critic, photographer and full-time secondary teacher in Dublin.

The Songs of Sandy Wright
Sandy Wright/Various Artists, The Songs of Sandy Wright, Navigator Recordings (Navigator 23)
Andrew’s Lane Theatre, Dublin6 May 2009The latest incarnation of Somadrone is as a duo comprising its architect Neil O’Connor with Glenn Keating, both playing synthesisers. Somadrone opened for Fennesz, creating submerged tribal rhythms for the...
Tesla/ LISTEN hEAR Farpoint RecordingsThe brilliance of the Quiet Club, the Cork-based ‘entity’ of Danny McCarthy and Mick O’Shea, is best apprehended live. Their CD, Tesla, is fascinating and enjoyable, but all the more so after watching...
Live: Rachel Unthank and The Winterset
Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin3 February 2009It would be all too easy to think that a gallery is the perfect place for folk musicians to play. For some, folk music is out of time, only to be preserved, commemorated, pinned like a beautiful butterfly through...
Live Reviews: Analog
Grand Canal Dock, Dublin18–20 July 2008Ports are multicultural. They are where the riches of the world arrive and dissipate. The Analog 2008 festival berthed at Grand Canal Square, and brought with it musicians from far-flung places, and songs from the...
CD Reviews: The Jimmy Cake
Spectre & CrownPilatus Records, PILCD-004The phrase ‘popular instrumental music’ is oxymoronic in the commercial world of chart success. Instrumental hits were frequent in the 60s and 70s but the three-minute pop song has laid waste to...
Crash Ensemble, Trio Scordatura, Susan Stenger (flute)Temple Bar Galleries, Dublin23 April 2008This concert of music by Phill Niblock – the ‘forgotten minimalist’ – had the feel of a ‘happening’, spread out over the four...
Liam O’Flynn (uileann pipes), Seamus Heaney (poetry)National Concert Hall, Dublin16 March 2008The Poet and the Piper was introduced by Seamus Heaney as an echo of W.B. Yeats’ St Patrick’s Day reading of poetry with music in 1934. Self-deprecatingly,...
Live Reviews: Efterklang
The Button Factory, Dublin29 March 2008Efterklang are a Danish post-rock band, formed in December 2000, properly millennial. This concert, in the renamed and refurbished Temple Bar Music Centre, was their second in Dublin in four months. The large crowd enjoyed...
Aphasia Recordings, APHASIA 22The Sound we are now is a CD from a small, artist-run record label in Dublin, Aphasia Recordings. It springs from an interesting idea: label founders David Stalling and Anthony Kelly asked various artists to send in a piece that...
Various venues, Dublin25-29 October 2007Confucius said: ‘Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it.’ After last year’s focus on Ireland, this year’s Dublin Electronic Arts Festival turned its gaze eastwards, its theme being...
IMMA Great Hall5 October 2007Ours is an information age. A tsunami of data surrounds us, overwhelms us, governs us. Ikeda takes streams from this flood and interprets them musically and visually. He is a sound engineer, crafting real time audiovisuals. A congregation,...
Project Arts Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin11-14 July 2007On arrival the visitor is asked to take a torch from the table beside the entrance to the installation. As the door shuts behind you, the light you carry leads you down a pitch black corridor to composer...