Criticism

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...
Live Reviews: Garry Walsh, Máire Breathnach, Dave Hennessy & Donal Clancy Pat Ahern Garry Walsh, Máire Breathnach, Dave Hennessy & Donal ClancyMusic Network Tour, Briery Gap, Macroom21 May 2006The traditional music repertoire consists of many parts. There are the old tunes, which were handed down with the Ten Commandments, or so...
Live Reviews: Trihornophone Toner Quinn Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, 23 February 2006The challenge for Trihornophone was clear from the start: trumpet, alto sax, baritone sax, and drum kit appeared – where’s the rest of the band? Rather, this self-imposed reduced format suits where saxophonist...
Live Reviews: Mostly Modern Festival Barra Ó Séaghdha Bank of Ireland Arts Centre, Dublin, 3-4 March 2006This year’s Bank of Ireland Mostly Modern Festival was an Irish/Italian affair, with Luciano Berio and the less well-known Francesco Clementi figuring prominently. In addition to the major focus on his...
Live Reviews: Dublin Guitar Quartet Paul Watts Lazybird (The International Bar), Dublin, 12 March 2006This gig served as an album launch for the Dublin Guitar Quartet’s debut album Deleted Pieces, which had just been released a couple of days beforehand on Greyslate Records, and attendance-wise it...

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