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Saint Sister at the NCH Saint Sister at the NCH Ruth Cronin Euphonic and empowering – Saint Sister's headline concert at the NCH was another major milestone for the duo, writes Ruth Cronin
What is Really Happening at the National Concert Hall? What is Really Happening at the National Concert Hall? Adrian Smith Is the NCH embarking on a ground-breaking curatorial experiment by embracing non-classical genres? Nothing could be further from the truth, writes Adrian Smith.
Music in the Wake of Manchester Music in the Wake of Manchester Toner Quinn The suicide bombing at Manchester Arena was the second such attack at a music event in two years. What is to be the role of music in this 'age of anger', asks Toner Quinn.
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.

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