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Triple Tradition at the Fleadh Cheoil Triple Tradition at the Fleadh Cheoil Alan Reid At the Fleadh Cheoil in Ennis in August, Alan Reid – one of the participants in our Journal of Music/Clare County Music Council Music Writer Mentoring Scheme – attended three concerts of traditional music in one, featuring The Boruma Trio with special guests Eamonn Cotter, Karen Ryan and Pete Quinn.
Day of All Days in Doolin Day of All Days in Doolin Ruth Smith In the latest review from our Journal of Music/Clare County Council Music Writer Mentoring Scheme, Ruth Smith attends the Doolin Folk Festival to hear a powerful set by Lisa Hannigan.
An Orchestra Out of Step? An Orchestra Out of Step? Adrian Smith An orchestra playing less new music, writes Adrian Smith, is out of step with contemporary culture. Has the amount of contemporary music being played by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra been in decline in recent years? Smith undertook an analysis of recent programming.
Lankum's New Fire Lankum's New Fire Shannon McNamee In the latest review from our Journal of Music/Galway City Council Music Writer Mentoring Scheme, Shannon McNamee listens to the skilled, edgy folk sound of Lankum.
Informal Art Informal Art Adrian Smith Gábor Tákacs-Nagy's rapport with orchestra and audience is refreshing, writes Adrian Smith, in a review of the Irish Chamber Orchestra (27 September) performing Elgar, Brahms and the world premiere of Sam Perkin's '365 Variations on a Gesture'.
The Edges of Revolt The Edges of Revolt Toner Quinn What makes a political folk opera work? Do traditional musicians go far enough in their experimentations? And what is the 'social side' of classical music? Toner Quinn reflects on a range of questions raised by the musical riches at this year's Kilkenny Arts Festival.
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.

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