News

New Releases of the Week (7 August 2020)
A round-up of recent albums, EPs, singles, playlists and podcasts, including Chris Wood, Joshua Burnside, Seána Davey, Jennifer Walshe, Emma Langford, Max Richter and more. To...
'I want creative thinking and innovative solutions': Minister's New Taskforce to Examine Night-time Entertainment in Cities and Towns
Members of task force include the Arts Council, Lord Mayors of Dublin and Cork, government departments and the campaigning organisation Give us the Night.
Galway International Arts Festival Announces Autumn Programme with Live Concerts
Events start on 3 September. Tickets on sale on 10 August.

News – UK

£2.25m Fund Announced for English Grassroots Music Venues
Venues of any musical genre are eligible to apply; deadline is 3 August.
Q Magazine Announces Final Issue
The British rock and pop monthly to suspend publication after thirty-four years.
BBC Folk Music Programme Changes Criticised
Open letter to BBC asks for confirmation of the broadcaster’s commitment to folk music.

Latest Reader Reviews

Seán Keane (fiddle) – Seán Keane (1982)
Album
1 June Ogham Records
5
Jigtime
Single
17 July suite sound pro label
5
Fontaines D.C. – Televised Mind
Single
30 June Partisan Records
5
Martin Hayes – Martin Hayes
Album
1 June Green Linnet Records
5
Doireann Glackin & Sarah Flynn – The Housekeepers
Album
11 May Independent
5

Reviews

Is Great Music Always Subversive?
A major book by American writer Ted Gioia, published last autumn, explores the history of music and many overlooked traditions, and argues that the best music has almost always been subversive. James Camien McGuiggan reviews.
The Punks Next Door
Dublin band Silverbacks have just released their debut album 'Fad'. Andrea Cleary reviews.
A Hero's Disruption
It has been an exceptional year for the post-punk Dublin band Fontaines D.C., and this week, just over a year after their debut 'Dogrel', they release their much anticipated second album 'A Hero's Death'. Jake Tiernan reviews.

Articles

Musicians and Identity – Why There Was Such a Strong Reaction to Minister Heather Humphreys' Comments
Colm Kelly
The response from musicians to comments last week by Minister Heather Humphreys about reskilling and retraining was visceral, although her words were not directed towards them. Colm Kelly explores why.
A Story of Resilience
A recently published book by Alf McCreary on the history of the Ulster Orchestra tells the story of persistence in the face of extraordinary challenges. Lucy Hayward O'Leary reviews.
The Silencing of An Spidéal – Why Catherine Martin Needs to Set Out a New Vision for the Arts
The experience of one village in the west of Ireland shows that the new Minister for Arts faces a serious challenge, to change the way we think about culture and its role in our society, writes Toner Quinn.
The Unresolved Mystery of David Gray
A new documentary explores the extraordinary story of David Gray and Ireland in the 1990s, the making of 'White Ladder', and how it became Ireland's best-selling album of all time, but is the story as simple as it seems? Toner Quinn reviews.

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Podcasts

Listen Back: The Silencing of An Spidéal – Discussions on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta and TG4
Journal of Music article on the decline of music in An Spidéal discussed on 'Adhmhaidin', 'Iris Aniar' and 'Nuacht TG4'.

Latest Events

HARPS FOR HOPE - TAKING THE TUNE WORKSHOPS
Workshop
19 August www.harpireland.ie
Biosphere
Exhibition
4 September Sandymount Strand, Hellfire Club, Woodenbridge & many more.
Biosphere
Exhibition
2 September Sandymount Strand, Hellfire Club, Woodenbridge & many more.
Biosphere
Exhibition
1 September Sandymount Strand, Hellfire Club, Woodenbridge & many more.

Latest Jobs and Opportunities

Peripatetic Music Teacher
Job
14 August Hertfordshire Music Service
Lower Strings Teacher
Job
21 August Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust
Sessional Instrumental / Vocal Teachers
Job
25 August Croydon Council
126 Graduate Residency 2020
Call for Submissions
15 August 126 Gallery
Partnership Funding
Funding
24 September Arts Council

Upcoming Deadlines

Digital Media Planner
Job
8 August Universal Music Group
Marketing and Communications Manager
Job
9 August Woolwich Works
Theatre Production Technician
Job
9 August Royal Academy of Music
Digital and Communications Manager
Job
9 August National Opera Studio
Music Adviser
Tender
10 August The Arts Council
Junior Trombone Tutor
Job
10 August Royal Northern College of Music
Opera Adviser
Tender
10 August The Arts Council
Festival Administrator
Job
10 August Lake District Summer Music
Oifigeach Cúnta, Ealaín na Gaeltachta
Job
10 August Ealaín na Gaeltachta
Film & TV Coordinator
Job
10 August Wexford County Council

Funding

Emergency Stabilisation Fund 13 August Arts Council
Incubator Fund 14 August Youth Music
Funding Opportunity – Calling All Musicians 14 August U.S. Embassy in Ireland
Individuals Emergency Resilience Programme 17 August Arts Council of Northern Ireland
Writers in Schools Scheme 31 August Arts Council