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Splendid Isolation Splendid Isolation Adrian Scahill Caoimhín Vallely's new solo piano recording is an experimental unfolding of music, writes Adrian Scahill, expressing a sense of the inner world of the musician.
Wide World of Petcu Wide World of Petcu Adrian Smith The eclecticism on percussionist Alex Petcu's debut recording works very much in its favour, writes Adrian Smith.
Louth Ritual Louth Ritual Brendan Finan Ritual is central to the latest commission from the Louth Contemporary Music Society, writes Brendan Finan – a major new work by Scottish composer James Dillon, performed by Peyee Chen and Crash Ensemble at the Drogheda Arts Festival.
Violin Reflections Violin Reflections Anna Murray Four of Ireland's leading violinists, an inventive programme of works from the past, and an Ian Wilson premiere – Anna Murray caught up with the latest Music Network tour at St Ann's Church, Dublin.
'You Know My Music!' 'You Know My Music!' Dónal Sarsfield The recent RTÉ Lyric FM three-part radio series on contemporary Irish music had honesty and many good stories, writes Dónal Sarsfield.
Concertina Journey Concertina Journey Toner Quinn Concertina player Cormac Begley’s creative journey has been one to watch, and his new solo album is an assertive next step, writes Toner Quinn.
Songs of Conviction Songs of Conviction Anna Murray The latest in a series of collaborations between Crash Ensemble and indie artists shone a new light on the artistry of Katie Kim, writes Anna Murray.
Gothic Outsiders Gothic Outsiders Laura Watson Siobhán Cleary's 'Vampirella' is a thought-provoking addition to the Irish operatic repertoire, writes Laura Watson.
At the Heart of Fiddle-Playing At the Heart of Fiddle-Playing Toner Quinn Liam O'Connor's first solo album strikes the balance between virtuosity and style, writes Toner Quinn.
Grappling with Diversity Grappling with Diversity John McLachlan Music critic Tim Rutherford-Johnson's new book on modern composition since 1989 covers a massively broad range of creative musical approaches and techniques, writes John McLachlan, and will inspire a new generation.

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