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The Song Harvest The Song Harvest Deirdre Clare Paul Brady's songs have soundtracked Ireland since the 1970s, crossing many styles, but what are the characteristics that bind his songwriting together? Deirdre Clare, in the latest review from our Journal of Music/Clare County Council Music Writer Mentoring Scheme, listens to a song-rich performance at Glór.
Galway Only Knows Galway Only Knows Dylan Murphy 'Pet Sounds' is an experience as much an album, writes Dylan Murphy, in the latest review from our Journal of Music/Galway City Council Music Writer Mentoring Scheme, and hearing the 60s masterpiece live was a reminder of its meticulous construction – but Brian Wilson's presence on stage raised other questions.
A Guide to a Global, Hybrid Music A Guide to a Global, Hybrid Music Aileen Dillane Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin's reissued book 'A Short History of Irish Traditional Music' stands the test of time, writes Aileen Dillane, and contains new material on female musicians as well as the expanding presence of Irish music studies.
Outbursts and Lulls Outbursts and Lulls Vincent Hughes In the first music review from our new Journal of Music/Galway City Council Music Writer Mentoring Scheme, Vincent Hughes explores the evocative music of Overhead, the Albatross at the Galway International Arts Festival.
Two Americas United Two Americas United Jake Morgan In the second music review from our new Journal of Music/Galway City Council Music Writer Mentoring Scheme, Jake Morgan attends a special RTÉ Concert Orchestra concert that celebrated the cross-fertilisation between North and South America.
Listening Closer Listening Closer Brendan Finan The celebrated Italian composer Salvatore Sciarrino visited Ireland for the first time in June for a festival of his music presented by Louth Contemporary Music Society. Brendan Finan reviews the final concert featuring flautist Matteo Cesari, Quartetto Prometeo and Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart.
Playing With Reverence Playing With Reverence Anna Murray From Schnittke to David Fennessy, Bernd Franke to Galina Grigorjeva, Chamber Choir Ireland's two most recent programmes introduced a fascinating range of repertoire to audiences, writes Anna Murray.
From Crisis to Combustion From Crisis to Combustion Toner Quinn Daring performances in 'The Second Violinist', a new opera by Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh premiered at the Galway International Arts Festival, explore a range of personal and musical crises, writes Toner Quinn.
Riches of Clare: Sheila Garry, Elaine Hogan, Conor McCarthy and James Duddy Riches of Clare: Sheila Garry, Elaine Hogan, Conor McCarthy and James Duddy Ian Bascombe In the first music review from our new Journal of Music/Clare County Council Music Writer Mentoring Scheme, Ian Bascombe reviews a recent Riches of Clare concert featuring an ensemble led by fiddle-player Sheila Garry.
Gwendolyn Masin, Origin – Exploring Roots and Identity Gwendolyn Masin, Origin – Exploring Roots and Identity Adrian Smith Born in Amsterdam, raised in Ireland, and descended from a long line of musicians from Central and Eastern Europe, Gwendolyn Masin explores her rich roots in 'Origin', writes Adrian Smith.

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