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Songs with History Songs with History Rachel Deckard In the fifth review from our new Music Writer Mentoring Scheme, supported by Galway City and County Arts Offices, Rachel Deckard reviews Ye Vagabonds at the Róisín Dubh in Galway, a concert to showcase their latest album 'The Hare's Lament'.
Dream of Distortion Dream of Distortion Shannon McNamee Just Mustard from Dundalk recently supported The Cure and this week were announced for the Iceland Airwaves festival. Shannon McNamee reviews their Galway concert at the Róisín Dubh.
Generation Borderless Generation Borderless Toner Quinn Other Voices took place in Belfast at the weekend, accompanied by a number of discussions on borders, cultural breakthroughs and the redemptive power of music, writes Toner Quinn.
Travels with My Aria Travels with My Aria Tara Broderick In the fourth review from our new Music Writer Mentoring Scheme, supported by Galway City and County Arts Offices, Tara Broderick reviews the opening concert of the Galway Early Music Festival featuring mezzo soprano Sharon Carty and a concert of 'Suitcase Arias'.
‘It has been this burst of energy’: An Interview with Donnacha Dennehy ‘It has been this burst of energy’: An Interview with Donnacha Dennehy Next week at the Cork Midsummer Festival, Sō Percussion will give the European premiere of Donnacha Dennehy’s ‘Broken Unison’, a co-commission between Carnegie Hall and Cork Opera House. The Journal of Music spoke to the Irish composer, who now lives in the States, about his music, his life in America and what drives his work.
‘A thoughtful musician and a thoughtful composer’: Remembering Paddy Fahey ‘A thoughtful musician and a thoughtful composer’: Remembering Paddy Fahey The great traditional Irish fiddle-player and composer Paddy Fahey died at the weekend. The Journal of Music spoke to musicians Martin Hayes, Liz Kane and Breda and Claire Keville about his music and legacy.
Toast the Nonconformists Toast the Nonconformists Toner Quinn The Open Ear festival of experimental and electronic music on Sherkin Island is now in its fourth year. It has a spirit of nonconformism, and provided one of the most unique moments one could imagine for a music festival, writes Toner Quinn.
Composer Discovers Orchestra! Composer Discovers Orchestra! Adrian Smith Gerald Barry's Viola Concerto received its world premiere last week, performed by Lawrence Power and the Britten Sinfonia with Thomas Adès conducting. It's Barry's third concerto in recent years and it may be 'the wackiest of the lot', writes Adrian Smith.
What do the EU Election Results Mean for Music and the Arts? What do the EU Election Results Mean for Music and the Arts? The EU’s 'Work Plan for Culture 2019–22' is likely to shape support for the arts and music in the coming years, but what does it contain?
No Magical Ending for Irish National Opera's Season No Magical Ending for Irish National Opera's Season Adrian Smith Irish National Opera concluded its January to May short season with 'The Magic Flute' at the Gaiety last week, but it was a disappointing final production with questionable directorial decisions, writes Adrian Smith.

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