Ian Bascombe is a tin whistle and bouzouki player, a teacher, writer and broadcaster. He is currently based at the University of Limerick where he is undertaking research funded by the Irish Research Council into historical aspects of Irish traditional music. Ian was a participant in the 2017/18 Journal of Music/Clare County Council Music Writer Mentoring Scheme.
The traditional music quartet of Laoise Kelly, Tara Breen, Josephine Marsh and Nell Ní Chróinín is currently on tour in the autumn series from Music Network. Ian Bascombe reviews in Ennis.
Cormac Breatnach's 'The Whistle Blower' tour and album, featuring Daire Bracken and Martin Tourish, is both an act of healing as well as a challenging musical offering. Ian Bascombe reviews the performance at Glór.
Founded in 2012, composer Dave Flynn's Irish Memory Orchestra features classical and traditional musicians who play completely by memory. In their latest tour, performing in Ennis, Cork and Kilkenny, they were joined by soloist Máirtín O'Connor. Ian Bascombe reviews.
In the latest piece from our County Clare Music Writer Mentoring Scheme, Ian Bascombe reviews the new recording from harper Floriane Blancke.
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.