Criticism

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...
CD Reviews: Séamus Quinn and Gary Hastings Robbie Hannan Séamus Quinn and Gary Hastings Slán le Loch Éirne – Stories to Tell Cló Iar-Chonnachta CICD 152This is very fine recording from two excellent musicians. Séamus Quinn and Gary Hastings played a lot of music together while...
CD Reviews: Kíla - Luna Park Dermot McLaughlin KílaLuna Parkkíla recordsPushing boundaries, wrestling with the form, taking ‘liberties’ with the sacrosanct immutable tradition (mar dheá), fusing/fusion, hybridisation, attitude. These are some of the things that come to...
CD Reviews: Island to Island - Traditional Music from Newfoundland Liz Doherty Island to Island: Traditional Music from NewfoundlandSeamus Creagh, Colin Carrigan, Aidan Coffey, Mick Daly, Graham Wells, Billy Sutton, Jason Whelan, Paddy Mackey (Ossian Publications)Once described as ‘the fifth province of Ireland’, Canada’s...
CD Reviews: Charlie Lennon & Johnny Óg Connolly Matt Cranitch Dusk till DawnCharlie Lennon & Johnny Óg ConnollyWorldMusic (WOM110)Dusk till Dawn features Charlie Lennon on fiddle, viola and piano, and Johnny Óg Connolly on accordion, with guest appearance by Gary Ó Briain on mandocello and guitar....
CD Reviews: Aogán Lynch, Michelle O'Brien & Gavin Ralston Máire O'Keeffe Aogán Lynch, Michelle O’Brien & Gavin RalstonThe past fifteen years have generated an amazing amount of talented young musicians on all instruments and the musicians on this album, Michelle O’Brien, Aogán Lynch and Gavin Ralston,...
Live Reviews: Bang on a Can All Stars John McLachlan Vicar Street, 23 May 2003Michael Gordon – I Buried PaulConlon Nancarrow – Selected StudiesJulia Wolfe – Big, Beautiful, Dark and Scary Donnacha Dennehy – Streetwalker (world premiere) – Steve Reich – Electric Counterpoint...
Live Reviews: BSc Music Technology Showcase Rachel Holstead McMordie Hall/Harty Room, Queen’s University of Belfast, 31 May 2003Donna O’ Reilly – ArcSinead McLaughlin – PulsationsStephan Curran – Druid’s Dream (2nd movement)Carl Fitzpatrick – SabbathChristine McComb –...
Live Reviews: Concorde Scott McLaughlin Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, 15 June 2003Erkki-Sven Tuur – Architectonics VII (1993)Rob Canning – Room full of Mirrors (2001) Sofia Gubaidulina – Silenzio (1991)Ed Bennett – No Attachment to Dust (2001)This concert brought...
Live Reviews: Galway Early Music Festival Carmel Vesey Students of the Hispanic Studies and Music Departments of Sheffield UniversitySt Nicholas’ Collegiate Church, 17 May 2003Torrejón de Velasco/Calderón – La Púrpura de la RosaWhile North America at the turn of the eighteenth...

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