Criticism

Live Reviews: INTRO 05 Derek Cremin Firkin Crane, Cork, 30 Oct 2005Rick Peckham, musical director; Aoife Doyle, voice; Simone Mendonca, violin; Matt Berrill, alto sax, clarinet; Bill Blackmore, trumpet; Colm O’Hara, trombone; Julie Cruickshank, piano; Stephen McFarlane, guitar; Andrew...
Live Reviews: ECM Autumn Cycle – Jon Balke's Magnetic North Orchestra Barra Ó Séaghdha Whelan’s, Dublin, 17 November 2005The appearance of Jon Balke’s Magnetic North Orchestra at Whelan’s on 17 November was one of the last in a year-long series of concerts presented by the Improvised Music Company and the Jazz Architects and...
Live Reviews: Roger Doyle, Cormac Breatnach and Martin Dunlea Jürgen Simpson Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, 29th September 2005There is a sense that the diverse universes of music in this country appear to co-exist in polite parallel, often touching but never fully merging. Despite the integration of adjacent and often disparate methods,...
Live Reviews: Ian Wilson – Winter Finding Fergal Dowling Friday 16 September saw the world premier of Ian Wilson’s Winter Finding by the National Symphony Orchestra in their usual Friday night NCH slot, under the direction of Gerhard Markson. The performance had been postponed from earlier in the year due...
Live Reviews: Raymond Deane – Concursus (world première) Jürgen Simpson Irish Chamber OrchestraRaymond Deane: Concursus (world première); Thurs 21 April 2005St Mary’s Church, Mallow, Co. Cork; Katherine Hunka, DirectorRaymond Deane’s Concursus, written for the Irish Chamber Orchestra to whom it is collectively...
Live Reviews: Improv at the Printing House Festival Barra Ó Séaghdha Saturday 23 AprilThe Printing House, Trinity College, DublinDuring the interval of the afternoon session of the first Improv at the Printing House Festival, I suddenly found myself listening intently to the gurgling of water in a pipe against the steadier...
Live Reviews: Raymond Deane – Violin Concerto John McLachlan Raymond Deane: Violin ConcertoRTÉ National Symphony OrchestraCond. Gerhard MarksonSoloist Christine Pryn National Concert Hall, 24 October 2003Raymond Deane’s Violin Concerto was a piece which, although it exploited some striking confrontations...
Thwaite: Jürgen Simpson & Simon Doyle Thwaite: Jürgen Simpson & Simon Doyle John McLachlan Music by Jürgen Simpson / Libretto by Simon Doyle / Opera Theatre Company / Cond. Philip Walsh / Dir. Dan Zemmett / Project Theatre, 24 September 2003
CD Reviews: At It Again – John Carty Emer Mayock At it again, the whimsically titled new CD from multi-instrumentalist John Carty sees him this time eschewing banjo, flute and tenor guitar to instead confine his talents exclusively to the fiddle. On this recording he draws much of his repertoire from the...
CD Reviews: An Tobar Glé - Neil Mulligan Dermot McLaughlin Neil Mulligan – An Tobar Glé– Shore Records SCD 1049One of the driving influences in the development of traditional music is the process of transmission. Maybe transmission is not always how it looks and feels at first hand – within...

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