Balfe's 'Sleeping Queen' Returns to Dublin Michael William Balfe's 1864 work 'The Sleeping Queen' was his only operetta and written for surprisingly small forces. Una Hunt tells the story of the work ahead of its performance at the NCH – the first staging in Dublin in modern times.
Sounding from the Page Known for his innovative music broadcasting, John Kelly's first collection of poetry, 'Notions', which has just been published by Dedalus Press, finds beauty in the small things, writes Laura Sheary.
Opera and Dance Music from the Poly-Doyle Brendan Finan reviews two recordings from the diverse musical world of Roger Doyle – his 2018 'Heresy' opera and a forthcoming release of new pieces based on the same work.
Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin’s Example Will Continue to Inspire A tribute to the renowned Irish musician, composer and educator who died on 7 November 2018.
Fiery Choral Competition in Derry Marc Gregg reviews the Saturday night at the recent City of Derry International Choral Festival and experiences the intense, creative nature of competition.
Traditional Psychodrama The 4th Tradition Now festival took place at the NCH at the end of October. Anna Murray reviews a new work for Iarla Ó Lionáird and a performance of Sam Perkin's 'Pause' based on the song 'The Foggy Dew'.
Closed-hearted Ranting on Pop Roger Scruton's new book 'Music as an Art' is generous and insightful when it comes to some musics, but those moments are far too rare, writes James Camien McGuiggan.
'It's a line I'm conscious of': Paddy Glackin on the Art of Balancing Experimentation with the Solo Tradition Ahead of a rare duo performance with uilleann piper Paddy Keenan in Armagh this November, fiddle-player Paddy Glackin speaks to The Journal of Music about solo playing, experimentation and how the Irish traditional music scene has changed radically in the digital age.
The Gift of Music Yvonne Casey's second solo fiddle album 'Croí' displays a very individual and developed style, writes Adrian Scahill.
Hard Questions Matter In a raw and discomfiting experience at the MAC in Belfast, Josette Bushell-Mingo explored the political and musical legacy of Nina Simone, writes Laura Watson.