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Is Music the Glue That Will Get Us Through? Is Music the Glue That Will Get Us Through? Toner Quinn When we have instant access to every piece of music that we love, anywhere and anytime, something profound has happened, writes Toner Quinn.
Pointing Towards the Future Pointing Towards the Future Anna Murray Belfast harper Úna Monaghan's new album is a surprising – sometimes startling – mix of traditional music material and electronics, writes Anna Murray.
From Broken Dream to Musical Healing From Broken Dream to Musical Healing Adrian Scahill Adrian Scahill reviews 'Aisling Ghéar', a stark and unflinching new documentary on the concertina player Noel Hill.
Liam O’Flynn: An Appreciation Liam O’Flynn: An Appreciation Toner Quinn A tribute to the great uilleann piper who died on 14 March.
Opera for Our Time Opera for Our Time Adrian Smith Adrian Smith reads Adès’s 'Powder Her Face' as a story of female empowerment and upper-class complacency in the very promising first production from Irish National Opera.
What Does Brexit Mean for Music? What Does Brexit Mean for Music? Christopher Fox For those who make music, Brexit must surely mean resistance, writes composer Christopher Fox.
Hear the Water Hear the Water Julie Seagrave Naomi Berrill's new album is an ode to sea, using cello and vocals to conjure up its sounds. Julie Seagrave – in her second review as part of the Journal of Music/Galway City Council Music Writer Mentoring Scheme – hears undercurrents, unexpected pulls and more.
Room for Everyone Room for Everyone Deirdre Clare In the final review from our Journal of Music/Clare County Council Music Writer Mentoring Scheme, Deirdre Clare writes about the latest recording from one of Clare's most renowned traditional musicians.
Leaving Nothing Behind Leaving Nothing Behind Brendan Finan Music by Simon O'Connor, John McLachlan, Piazzolla and the Conor Guilfoyle Octet – more variegated works would be hard to find, writes Brendan Finan about Kaleidoscope's spring event which took place earlier this month.
What Does RTÉ’s New Strategy Mean for Music? What Does RTÉ’s New Strategy Mean for Music? Strategy includes two new senior arts and music appointments plus an orchestral project for children.

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