Reviews

On Risk and Restraint
Adrian Smith reviews the opening concert of the Irish Chamber Orchestra's 2018/19 season, conducted by French conductor Jean-Christophe Spinosi and featuring a new work by Sam Perkin.
Shocking Invention
In the first concert of their Music Network tour, Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill, Máirtín O'Connor and Séamie O'Dowd moved between playfulness and finesse, writes Anna Murray.
Torch Carriers
The first Quiet Lights festival of folk showcased a broad range of musical expression. Don O'Mahony reviews a double-bill of Dowry and Claudia Schwab.
Everything Strange
In the world premiere of Jennifer Walshe's 'The Worlding' at the Model in Sligo, her 'Aisteach' project comes alive, writes Toner Quinn.
Folk-Quake
In the third review from our 2018 Northern Ireland Music Writer Mentoring Scheme – supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland – Stevie Lennox writes about This is the Kit – music of gentle restraint and the pure unwavering vocals of Kate Stables.
Ireland Past, Present and Future?
In the second review from our 2018 Northern Ireland Music Writer Mentoring Scheme – supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland – Marc Gregg writes about the Hard Rain Soloist Ensemble's 'Involute' concert, which provided a range of perspectives on Irishness.
Nature and Fairy Stories
In the first review from our 2018 Northern Ireland Music Writer Mentoring Scheme – supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland – Laura Sheary writes about the NI Composer Showcase that took place earlier this summer and which featured music by Áine Mallon and Christopher McAteer.
Adventurous Spirit
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.
The Nature of Protest
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.
Following the Logic of Dreams
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.