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The Nature of Protest The Nature of Protest Vincent Hughes Created by students from the University of Cape Town, 'The Fall', which was performed at the Galway International Arts Festival, marshals the power of protest song and dance to explore discrimination in all its forms. Vincent Hughes reviews.
How Musicians Can Start to Afford Ireland How Musicians Can Start to Afford Ireland Toner Quinn Singer-songwriter David Kitt is leaving Ireland because of the housing situation, and music writer and DJ Nialler9 is 'stressed and broken' by it. Boom after bust after boom, the lot of the Irish musician never seems to change. There is a way to change this, writes Toner Quinn.
Adventurous Spirit Adventurous Spirit Toner Quinn Irish National Opera continues to experiment and excite with a production of Gluck's 'Orfeo ed Euridice' in Galway and a spectacular performance by Sharon Carty, writes Toner Quinn.
Following the Logic of Dreams Following the Logic of Dreams Brendan Finan Collaboration is at the heart of Seán Mac Erlaine's third album on the Ergodos label, in which patterns and textures shift subtly and constantly. Brendan Finan reviews.
Sever the Ties That Bind Sever the Ties That Bind Vincent Hughes Hilary Woods' 'Colt' is permeated with desolation, tension and intimacy, with moments that would sound at home in Twin Peaks. Vincent Hughes reviews.
Challenging Heights Challenging Heights John McLachlan Composer Ed Bennett's latest release with his ensemble Decibel has just the right number of swerves and asymmetries, writes John McLachlan.
Words, Music and the Surrounding Silence Words, Music and the Surrounding Silence Mark Fitzgerald Mark Fitzgerald reviews the first Beckett Chamber Music Series, which took place at the Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin, on 24, 27 and 30 June.
Interweaving Lines Interweaving Lines Adrian Scahill What is the common heritage between traditional Irish tunes and Baroque dances? Adrian Scahill reviews a new recording on the RTÉ Lyric FM label.
Together Never Fails Together Never Fails Brendan Finan From Rebecca Saunders and Séverine Ballon to Gavin Bryars and Galina Grigorjeva, the music at The Book of Hours two-day festival in Louth knew no borders, writes Brendan Finan.
Uncommon Roscommon Uncommon Roscommon Brendan Finan 'The Golden Cassette', a recording of work by prolific outsider artist Caoimhín Breathnach, includes his subliminal tapes, which he subjected to odd physical processes, from burning them to screening kung fu films for them. The experience of listening goes beyond the music, writes Brendan Finan.

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