Reviews

Riches of Clare: Sheila Garry, Elaine Hogan, Conor McCarthy and James Duddy
In the first music review from our new Journal of Music/Clare County Council Music Writer Mentoring Scheme, Ian Bascombe reviews a recent Riches of Clare concert featuring an ensemble led by fiddle-player Sheila Garry.
Jane O'Leary – The Passing Sound of Forever
'Sketching quickly, grasping the essence of the atmosphere', writes Jane O'Leary about one of her recent chamber works – Brendan Finan reviews a recently released collection.
Gwendolyn Masin, Origin – Exploring Roots and Identity
Born in Amsterdam, raised in Ireland, and descended from a long line of musicians from Central and Eastern Europe, Gwendolyn Masin explores her rich roots in 'Origin', writes Adrian Smith.
Saint Sister at the NCH
Euphonic and empowering – Saint Sister's headline concert at the NCH was another major milestone for the duo, writes Ruth Cronin
Wide World of Petcu
The eclecticism on percussionist Alex Petcu's debut recording works very much in its favour, writes Adrian Smith.
Louth Ritual
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.
Splendid Isolation
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.
Concertina Journey
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.
Violin Reflections
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.
Gothic Outsiders
Siobhán Cleary's 'Vampirella' is a thought-provoking addition to the Irish operatic repertoire, writes Laura Watson.