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Somebody is in Control Somebody is in Control Toner Quinn The first All Together Now festival took place on 3–5 August on the Curraghmore Estate in Waterford. It's where the new Irish generations come for freedom – or is it order, asks Toner Quinn.
Ireland Past, Present and Future? Ireland Past, Present and Future? Marc Gregg In the second review from our 2018 Northern Ireland Music Writer Mentoring Scheme – supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland – Marc Gregg writes about the Hard Rain Soloist Ensemble's 'Involute' concert, which provided a range of perspectives on Irishness.
Nature and Fairy Stories Nature and Fairy Stories Laura Sheary In the first review from our 2018 Northern Ireland Music Writer Mentoring Scheme – supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland – Laura Sheary writes about the NI Composer Showcase that took place earlier this summer and which featured music by Áine Mallon and Christopher McAteer.
Making the Invisible Visible Making the Invisible Visible Anna Murray The ancient Japanese art form of Noh – comprising music, chant, voice, costume and movement – evokes an 'extreme height of tension', writes Anna Murray, who attended the 'Noh: Reimagined' festival at London’s Kings Place this summer.
Remembering Tommy Peoples Remembering Tommy Peoples Toner Quinn A tribute to the great Irish fiddle-player who died on 3 August.
The Nature of Protest The Nature of Protest Vincent Hughes Created by students from the University of Cape Town, 'The Fall', which was performed at the Galway International Arts Festival, marshals the power of protest song and dance to explore discrimination in all its forms. Vincent Hughes reviews.
How Musicians Can Start to Afford Ireland How Musicians Can Start to Afford Ireland Toner Quinn Singer-songwriter David Kitt is leaving Ireland because of the housing situation, and music writer and DJ Nialler9 is 'stressed and broken' by it. Boom after bust after boom, the lot of the Irish musician never seems to change. There is a way to change this, writes Toner Quinn.
Adventurous Spirit Adventurous Spirit Toner Quinn Irish National Opera continues to experiment and excite with a production of Gluck's 'Orfeo ed Euridice' in Galway and a spectacular performance by Sharon Carty, writes Toner Quinn.
Following the Logic of Dreams Following the Logic of Dreams Brendan Finan Collaboration is at the heart of Seán Mac Erlaine's third album on the Ergodos label, in which patterns and textures shift subtly and constantly. Brendan Finan reviews.
Sever the Ties That Bind Sever the Ties That Bind Vincent Hughes Hilary Woods' 'Colt' is permeated with desolation, tension and intimacy, with moments that would sound at home in Twin Peaks. Vincent Hughes reviews.

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