Criticism

CD Reviews: Sami Moukaddem: Resistance: Soul Food Derek Cremin Sami MoukaddemResistance: Soul FoodBA42072-012The themes tackled in Sami Moukaddem’s latest album are as diverse as the musical styles on offer. They range from civil war and American occupation to questions of national identity to the divinity inherent...
Live Reviews: Horizons: Donnacha Dennehy / Strange Folk!: Crash Ensemble and Iarla Ó Lionáird Barra Ó Séaghdha Horizons: Featured composer – Donnacha DennehyRTÉ NSO, Darragh Morgan (violin), National Chamber Choir (David Darcy, chorus master), Gavin Maloney (cond.)NCH, Dublin, 30 January 2007Strange Folk!: Crash Ensemble & Iarla Ó LionáirdSamuel...
CD Reviews: Una Hunt: Fallen Leaves from an Irish Album Michael Quinn Una HuntFallen Leaves from an Irish AlbumRTÉ Lyric FM CD109Una Hunt has long been a champion of forgotten Irish music in the concert hall and on disc. Previous recordings have included forays into overlooked repertoire from both sides of the border,...
CD Reviews: Geantraí: Ceol den Scoth ón tSraith Teilifíse Adrian Scahill GeantraíCeol den Scoth ón tSraith TeilifíseGael Linn CEFDVD189, CEFCD 189This DVD and CD marks ten years of the TG4 series Geantraí, and is a useful and thoroughly enjoyable compilation documenting the variety and vigour of contemporary...
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...
CD Reviews: The West Ocean String Quartet & Matt Molloy Adrian Scahill The Guiding Moon, West Ocean Records, WORCD 101 The West Ocean String Quartet’s second CD exemplifies the continuing interest of musicians in extending the boundaries of traditional music, in this case framing the music within the context of an art music...
CD Reviews: Malachy Bourke & Donnacha Dwyer Ciarán Somers Bourke and Dwyer: Traditional Irish Music on Fiddle, Pipes and Bodhrán Bourke and Dwyer is a CD by two well-known musicians, Malachy Bourke (now Galway-based but formerly Dublin) and Donnacha Dwyer (Dublin), containing thirteen tracks of both instruments...
CD Reviews: Roger Doyle Michael Quinn Baby Grand, BVHaast 1505 Search for listings of Roger Doyle’s Baby Grand on internet retail sites and you’ll find it variously filed under ‘jazz’, ‘modern classical’, ‘new age’, ‘pop/rock’, ‘musique...
CD Reviews: David Quigley Michael Quinn Piano Music from Northern Ireland, Lorelt LNT122 Reaching 30 this year and a onetime BBC Young Musician of the Year finalist and piano section-winner of RTÉ’s Young Musician of the Future Competition, David Quigley has matured into a fine and...
CD Reviews: Cormac Kenevey Derek Cremin This is Living, Candid Records, CCD 79846 The front and back covers for This is Living suggest a rather jaded theme. The artist is pictured standing with bow tie undone, while on the reverse a similarly posed shot but dressed in a leather jacket and jeans....

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