Criticism

CD Reviews: Phil Ware Trio Kevin Stevens In Our Own TimePewter Music (689076561365)The English pianist Phil Ware is a familiar figure on the Irish jazz scene. His trio’s Monday-night residency at JJ Smyth’s in Dublin has served as a lightning-rod for visiting talent, and their backing...
Live Reviews: 12 Points! Festival: Light Airborne / Dimitar Bodurov / Nils Berg Kevin Stevens Project Arts Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin 227 April 2007Improvised Music Company’s 12 Points! festival of new European jazz, which took place over four nights in late April at the Project, was a great idea waiting for someone like IMC artistic director...
Live Reviews: Martin Hayes, Dennis Cahill & Bill Frisell Pat Ahern The Hayes/Cahill brand has extended far beyond the conventional audience for traditional music, a fact that makes them natural candidates for crossover experiments such as the recent series of gigs with guitarist Bill Frisell. The last episode in this three-venue...
Live Reviews: Galway Early Music Festival: The Irish Consort / Red Priest Fred Johnston The Life and Times of Grace O’Malley, the 16th Century-Century Irish Pirate Queen Augustinian Church, Galway, 17 May 2007Pirates of the BaroqueSt Nicholas Collegiate Church, Galway, 18 May 2007 In spite of the Arts Council’s mind-numbingly culture-killing...
CD Reviews: Cór Thaobh a’ Leithid Lillis Ó Laoire Cór Thaobh a’ Leithid, called for a hill that divides the parish of Gaoth Dobhair from Cloich Cheannfhaola in North-West Donegal, is described as a traditional Gaelic choir. Formed by Doiminic Mac Giolla Bhríde, a young local sean-nós...
Live Reviews: Ronan Guilfoyle - Terms and Conditions Apply Kevin Stevens Paul Williamson (trumpet), Michael Buckley (saxes and flute), Joe O Callaghan (guitar), Justin Carroll (keyboards), Ronan Guilfoyle (bass), Sean Carpio (drums)Projects Arts Centre, Dublin, 7 April 2007Ronan Guilfoyle’s seven-part suite Terms and Conditions...
Live Reviews: Chris Wood Pat Ahern Triskel Arts Centre, Cork, 28 March 2007We first knew Chris Wood in these parts as the fiddle-playing half of a musically rich and good-humoured partnership with the accordion player, Andy Cutting. In more recent times, we have known him for his robust campaign...
Live Reviews: i-and-e festival Paul Watts Fergus Kelly/Judith Ring, Will Guthrie, Joe Colley, Wade Matthews/Andrea NeumannPrinting House, Trinity College, Dublin, 30 March 2007In its three-year existence, the i-and-e festival has become one of the most interesting annual events in Dublin. The purpose...
CD Reviews: Oisín McAuley Niall Keegan 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...
CD Reviews: Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh Dermot McLaughlin Inside OutMORCD002This second solo album from Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh reinforces the strong impact that he made back in 2001 with his début The Nervous Man. For his second album Ó Raghallaigh stays close enough to the formula...

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