Criticism

Live Reviews: Composers' Choice – Michael Holohan Benedict Schlepper-Connolly John Field Room, NCH27 November 2006Leaving The National Concert Hall, it took some time for the bemusingly warm sentiment to fade. If nothing else, the packed John Field room had been witness to a bizarre flurry of goodwill, most evident in Michael Holohan...
CD Reviews: Breda Keville Dermot McLaughlin 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...
Live Reviews: Cork Folk Festival Pat Ahern Cork Folk FestivalVarious venues, Cork City5-10 September 2006After last year’s lavish Capital of Culture edition, Cork Folk Festival 2006 presented a positively minimalist face to the world. Gone were the big concerts in the big venues. In their place,...
Live Reviews: Crash Ensemble: Solos & Multiples Benedict Schlepper-Connolly It was good to see that the Crash Ensemble hasn’t lost their rogue spirit as resident ensemble to the O’Reilly Theatre on Denmark Street. Indeed, they seemed to relish...
Live Reviews: Sean Carpio, Simon Jermyn and Joachim Badenhorst Barra Ó Séaghdha Sean Carpio, Simon Jermyn and Joachim BadenhorstSean Carpio’s front room14 September 2006It was the first evening of three on which drummer Sean Carpio and a varying selection of musical accomplices were due to play in his flat as part of the Drama Festival...
Live Reviews: Iarla Ó Lionáird / Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill Barra Ó Séaghdha ESB Beo Celtic Music Festival, NCH, Dublin5 August 2006It is not difficult to see the thinking behind the pairing of Iarla Ó Lionáird with Martin Hayes for one evening of the ESB Beo Celtic Music Festival. Both have unquestionable credentials...
Live Reviews: Debashish Bhattacharya Barra Ó Séaghdha (chaturangi – 22-string guitar)Farmleigh Salon Series (programmed by Improvised Music Company), Farmleigh, Castleknock, Dublin, 17 July 2006A large black dog nearly put paid to this review – and, for a very long minute or two, it seemed likely...
Live Reviews: Vijay Iyer Nick Roth VIJAY IYERSugar Club, Dublin27 April 2006Contemporary jazz is an exacting art. As the music grows and absorbs elements from increasingly diverse influences, it seems that as a consequence many contemporary groups are formed to work on very specific concepts...
Live Reviews: Fergus Johnston's 'Brahms Begins the Day' Benedict Schlepper-Connolly Fergus Johnston's 'Brahms Begins the Day'World premiere Brahmsfest, NSO, Baiba Skride (violin), Gerhard Markson (cond.), NCH, Dublin, 28 April 2006Fergus Johnston’s Brahms begins the day is sculpted from unlikely clay: the material ranges...
Live Reviews: Si Schroeder and Boxes Paul Watts Si Schroeder and BoxesCrawDaddy, Dublin11 May 2006It’s been something of a running joke in Dublin’s music underground that Simon Kenny, who’s been the one constant in the Schroeder family of bands (Schroeder’s Cat, Schroedersound and...

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