Articles

‘Ireland Performs’ Series Backed Musicians into an Uncomfortable Corner
The government's 'Ireland Performs' series, which was partly funded by Facebook, put already under pressure artists in an unacceptable position. We have got to think hard about the way we support music into the future, writes Toner Quinn.
Celtic Connection or Talented Imitator?
Axel Klein, who has written a number of works on Irish classical music, has recently published a voluminous biography of the almost totally unknown Irish-American, Paris-resident composer Swan Hennessy. Is his music worth reviving? James Camien McGuiggan reviews.
Dukas Beyond Disney
A recently published book by Laura Watson on the French composer Paul Dukas is the first full-length academic study of the artist in English and explores his range of music and his music criticism. Brendan Finan reviews.
‘The funding model for public service media …  is not working’: Eoin Brady Leaves RTÉ Lyric FM
Senior producer and manager of Lyric FM record label leaves station for university role.
Marking an Important Decade in Irish Orchestral History
In a recently published memoir, 'The Manager's Tale: New Irish Chamber Orchestra – 1970–1980', Lindsay Armstrong tells the story of the intrepid group he co-founded and managed. Lucy Hayward reviews.
There is No Going Back Now: Live Music and the Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic means we are going to witness another radical shift in music in the digital age, writes Toner Quinn.
Can Anyone But Artists Themselves Solve Their Money Problems?
If artists and musicians are ever going to solve their perennial financial issues then it is time for a different approach, writes Toner Quinn.
‘People want to break down boundaries’: An interview with Nick Roth and Matthew Jacobson of Diatribe Records
The Irish record label Diatribe is hosting a stage for five concerts and releasing seven albums during the forthcoming New Music Dublin festival. Directors and musicians Nick Roth and Matthew Jacobson spoke to the Journal of Music about their ideas behind the label, their catalogue of over 30 recordings to date, and the contemporary music and improv scene that they have been documenting.
Podcast: What Next for Other Voices? – An Interview with Philip King
The creator of Other Voices spoke to the Journal of Music about the ideas behind the programme and about the role music can play in society.
Unguarded Voice
Christy Dignam of Aslan has recently published a new memoir that tells of his epic private struggle with drugs as well the story of the band's evolution from local heroes to fixtures of the Irish musical establishment. Laura Watson reviews.