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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.
Composer's Style Composer's Style Adrian Scahill Accordion player Johnny Óg Connolly's album of original compositions has a range of inspirations, from musician friends to classical traditions, writes Adrian Scahill.
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.
Jane O'Leary – The Passing Sound of Forever Jane O'Leary – The Passing Sound of Forever Brendan Finan 'Sketching quickly, grasping the essence of the atmosphere', writes Jane O'Leary about one of her recent chamber works – Brendan Finan reviews a recently released collection.
Saint Sister at the NCH Saint Sister at the NCH Ruth Cronin Euphonic and empowering – Saint Sister's headline concert at the NCH was another major milestone for the duo, writes Ruth Cronin
What is Really Happening at the National Concert Hall? What is Really Happening at the National Concert Hall? Adrian Smith Is the NCH embarking on a ground-breaking curatorial experiment by embracing non-classical genres? Nothing could be further from the truth, writes Adrian Smith.
Music in the Wake of Manchester Music in the Wake of Manchester Toner Quinn The suicide bombing at Manchester Arena was the second such attack at a music event in two years. What is to be the role of music in this 'age of anger', asks Toner Quinn.
Splendid Isolation Splendid Isolation Adrian Scahill Caoimhín Vallely's new solo piano recording is an experimental unfolding of music, writes Adrian Scahill, expressing a sense of the inner world of the musician.
Wide World of Petcu Wide World of Petcu Adrian Smith The eclecticism on percussionist Alex Petcu's debut recording works very much in its favour, writes Adrian Smith.

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