Whisper City Ahead of the premiere of a new work for singer Eimear Quinn, the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and the Dublin Laptop Orchestra, composer Emma O'Halloran talks about the holy grail of composing, city life and where to begin when writing for orchestra.
After the Jailbreak In an extract from a new biography of Phil Lynott, Alan Byrne explores the difficulties that followed the success of Jailbreak.
Life After Death Over half a decade since Nas proclaimed its death, Peter Rosser asks if hip-hop could, in fact, be the only music able to present an honest picture of our time.
The Jaundiced Ear The overwhelming technology and commercialism of Leonard Cohen's concerts diminish even the great minstrel himself, writes Bob Quinn.
Just Cooney With personal perspectives from Martin Hayes, Christy Moore, Tony MacMahon, Luka Bloom and Iarla Ó Lionáird, Paul O'Connor attempts to take in the vista-like contribution that the enigmatic Steve Cooney has made to Irish traditional music these past thirty years.
Just Inside the Green Line Tim Rutherford-Johnson discusses one of Europe's most unusual music festivals, which takes place for the fourth time this year in Cyprus.
Forty-Five Years of the Armagh Pipers' Club Brian and Eithne Vallely have produced a book to mark forty-five years of the Armagh Pipers' Club containing a visual and written history of the Club as well as a collection of personal reflections and essays on its origins and impact.
What's New? Adam Harper examines whether the concept of 'new music' makes sense in the twenty-first century, and discusses music's 'infinite' possibilities.
Breaking Out of a Mental Jail Joe Paxton explores how the basic processes of music can help people with autism communicate through improvisatory music therapy.
Burning in the Smallest of Things Peter Rosser attends Nest, Belfast's contribution to the Cultural Olympiad, which uses donated everyday objects to build an oratorio and an installation.