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Time to Reignite the Fight for Music in 2016 Time to Reignite the Fight for Music in 2016 Toner Quinn RTÉ Lyric FM is in the news because of its schedule changes, but the strength of the response is a positive thing.
Diatribe Live: M.C. Schmidt/Jennifer Walshe/Nick Roth Diatribe Live: M.C. Schmidt/Jennifer Walshe/Nick Roth John McLachlan A night of improvised music hosted by the Diatribe label was experiential, experimental and more, writes John McLachlan.
Piano Concerto by Gerald Barry Piano Concerto by Gerald Barry Anna Murray Gerald Barry describes his new Piano Concerto as like a ‘play or opera’, with the relationship between piano and orchestra not what you would expect. Anna Murray attended the Irish premiere.
The Star of the Folk Revival The Star of the Folk Revival Niall Keegan What was it about Micho Russell's music and performances that was so unique and compelling, and that made him into a star of the folk revival? Niall Keegan listens to a recent double-CD collection which includes a range of previously unpublished recordings.
Ensemble Ériu – Stargazer Ensemble Ériu – Stargazer Toner Quinn Ensemble Ériu, a group that combines traditional, jazz and contemporary music, recently toured their new six-part suite 'Stargazer'. Toner Quinn attended the opening performance in Galway.
The Master's Return The Master's Return Dermot McLaughlin Frankie Gavin and Malachy Bourke's fiddle tribute to Paddy Killoran is not just about what the Sligo émigré played, but how he played, writes Dermot McLaughlin.
The Last Hotel The Last Hotel Dónal Sarsfield Dónal Sarsfield reviews 'The Last Hotel' at the Dublin Theatre Festival on 27 September.
Feeling and Thinking About Music Feeling and Thinking About Music John McLachlan Alfred Brendel's new book is a reminder of how the really dedicated musician goes about things, writes John McLachlan.
This is Curatorship This is Curatorship Garrett Sholdice Since 2006, Louth Contemporary Music Society has been commissioning internationally renowned composers such as Arvo Pärt and Terry Riley, hosting ambitious concerts, and has issued several recordings. Garrett Sholdice listens to some of the promoter's most recent releases.
The Walls Have Ears The Walls Have Ears Anna Murray Cellist Ernst Reijseger was among the improvisers featured at Bottlenote collective's recent performance during the Dublin Fringe. Anna Murray attended one of the six improvisations, which took place in a dilapidated Georgian house.

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