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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.
The Piper's Story Over Three Centuries The Piper's Story Over Three Centuries Adrian Scahill Adrian Scahill reviews an ambitious new history of Irish uilleann piping written by Colin Harper with piper John McSherry.
Thank God for The Jimmy Cake Thank God for The Jimmy Cake Stephen Graham In The Jimmy Cake's fourth album, what's always at stake is 'compulsion', writes Stephen Graham, of the musicians, the material and the listeners.
Sexism and the Leaving Cert. Music Syllabus Sexism and the Leaving Cert. Music Syllabus Laura Watson The representation of women in the Leaving Certificate music syllabus is practically non-existent, writes Laura Watson, and revision is long overdue.
Kirkos Ensemble – Blackout #3 Kirkos Ensemble – Blackout #3 Anna Murray Anna Murray reviews Kirkos Ensemble's Blackout #3 at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.
A Musical Intifada A Musical Intifada Raymond Deane In 'Children of the Stone', a new book by Sandy Tolan, two drastically different visions of music’s potential collide, writes Raymond Deane.
The Truth About Ireland’s Music Business The Truth About Ireland’s Music Business Gareth Murphy World-conquering labels and musically literate entrepreneurs – these are the keys to the creation of a music industry, writes Gareth Murphy, but is that what Ireland has?
A Visibility Mission: The RTÉ Lyric FM Record Label A Visibility Mission: The RTÉ Lyric FM Record Label Garrett Sholdice The RTÉ Lyric FM label, established over a decade ago, has now released over forty recordings. Garrett Sholdice listens to the latest six – and considers the 'visibility mission' for Irish music that the label is engaged in.
James Wilson's Inexplicable Decision James Wilson's Inexplicable Decision Benjamin Dwyer What was behind composer James Wilson's decision to come to Ireland? Mark Fitzgerald's new book, reviewed by Benjamin Dwyer, explores this and other questions.
Why We Need a Traditional Music Infrastructure Why We Need a Traditional Music Infrastructure Toner Quinn The world of the professional traditional musician appears to be contracting, writes Toner Quinn.

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