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Torch Carriers Torch Carriers Don O'Mahony The first Quiet Lights festival of folk showcased a broad range of musical expression. Don O'Mahony reviews a double-bill of Dowry and Claudia Schwab.
Everything Strange Everything Strange Toner Quinn In the world premiere of Jennifer Walshe's 'The Worlding' at the Model in Sligo, her 'Aisteach' project comes alive, writes Toner Quinn.
British Music Criticism and Anti-intellectualism British Music Criticism and Anti-intellectualism Mark Fitzgerald Mark Fitzgerald reviews a new book edited by Jeremy Dibble and Julian Horton that examines musical criticism in Britain from 1850 to 1950 – including discussions of George Bernard Shaw, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Rosa Newmarch and Edward Dent.
Folk-Quake Folk-Quake Stevie Lennox In the third review from our 2018 Northern Ireland Music Writer Mentoring Scheme – supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland – Stevie Lennox writes about This is the Kit – music of gentle restraint and the pure unwavering vocals of Kate Stables.
Why was Hamburg the Perfect Fit for the Beatles? Why was Hamburg the Perfect Fit for the Beatles? Julia Sneeringer 58 years ago this month The Beatles began their legendary residency in Hamburg, but what was it about the German port city that was ideal for their sound? Julia Sneeringer explores the confluence of factors that allowed rock 'n' roll gain a foothold.
Somebody is in Control Somebody is in Control Toner Quinn The first All Together Now festival took place on 3–5 August on the Curraghmore Estate in Waterford. It's where the new Irish generations come for freedom – or is it order, asks Toner Quinn.
Ireland Past, Present and Future? Ireland Past, Present and Future? Marc Gregg In the second review from our 2018 Northern Ireland Music Writer Mentoring Scheme – supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland – Marc Gregg writes about the Hard Rain Soloist Ensemble's 'Involute' concert, which provided a range of perspectives on Irishness.
Nature and Fairy Stories Nature and Fairy Stories Laura Sheary In the first review from our 2018 Northern Ireland Music Writer Mentoring Scheme – supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland – Laura Sheary writes about the NI Composer Showcase that took place earlier this summer and which featured music by Áine Mallon and Christopher McAteer.
Making the Invisible Visible Making the Invisible Visible Anna Murray The ancient Japanese art form of Noh – comprising music, chant, voice, costume and movement – evokes an 'extreme height of tension', writes Anna Murray, who attended the 'Noh: Reimagined' festival at London’s Kings Place this summer.
Remembering Tommy Peoples Remembering Tommy Peoples Toner Quinn A tribute to the great Irish fiddle-player who died on 3 August.

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