Reviews

Ensemble Ériu – Stargazer
Ensemble Ériu, a group that combines traditional, jazz and contemporary music, recently toured their new six-part suite 'Stargazer'. Toner Quinn attended the opening performance in Galway.
The Master's Return
Frankie Gavin and Malachy Bourke's fiddle tribute to Paddy Killoran is not just about what the Sligo émigré played, but how he played, writes Dermot McLaughlin.
The Last Hotel
Dónal Sarsfield reviews 'The Last Hotel' at the Dublin Theatre Festival on 27 September.
Big Book, Small Back Room
Reading the Companion to Irish Traditional Music, Ciaran Carson reflects on the many ways traditional music has changed in recent decades, but also how much it has stayed the same.
Ályth McCormack and Tríona Marshall, Red & Gold
Is the mixture of traditions brought together on Ályth McCormack and Tríona Marshall's 'Red & Gold' album as sparkling and radiant as its cover and title propose?
Lives Defined in Death
Stephen Graham attends the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group's premiere of Seán Clancy's Findetotenlieder and performances of Barry, Grisey and Weir.
Madonna and the Post-Fordist Novelty Complex
Madonna's new single seen in light of the tendency she has displayed throughout her career for obsessive pursuit of the new.
Tigran Hamasyan
Patrick Groenland talks to the young virtuoso pianist shortly before a performance in the John Field Room at the NCH
The Teetotallers in Concert
Paul O'Connor on the joys of live music as delivered by Martin Hayes, Kevin Crawford and John Doyle.
The Internet Single and the Evolution of the Music Industry
Stephen Graham discusses the phenomenon of internet releases, and listens to three recent internet singles.