Criticism

The More Things Change The More Things Change Andrea Cleary Dublin rap artist Lethal Dialect has recently released 'LD50 Part 3', the third release in his LD50 project documenting the split in modern Ireland's social fabric. Andrea Cleary reviews.
Sweet Siblings Sweet Siblings Tara Broderick Irish National Opera's most recent production was a version of 'Hansel and Gretel' directed by Louis Lovett and Muireann Ahern. Tara Broderick reviews the Galway performance.
New Music Up a Notch New Music Up a Notch Adrian Smith Ireland's largest contemporary music festival New Music Dublin took place at the National Concert Hall and nearby venues last weekend and featured twenty concerts and twenty-two world premieres. Adrian Smith reviews.
The Land From Which it Came The Land From Which it Came Moya Sweeney In the fourth review from our new Traditional Music Writer Mentoring Scheme, supported by the Arts Council, Moya Sweeney reviews the latest recording from the Donegal traditional group Fidil.
Transforming the Traditional Sound Transforming the Traditional Sound Ciara O'Leary Fitzpatrick In the third review from our new Traditional Music Writer Mentoring Scheme, supported by the Arts Council, Ciara O'Leary Fitzpatrick reviews a Music Network concert in Cork featuring Galician piper Anxo Lorenzo, Dónal O’Connor, Jim Murray and Jack Talty.
A New Time for the Irish Language and Classical Music A New Time for the Irish Language and Classical Music Brendan Finan A new collection of Irish-language art songs, written by a range of Irish and international composers, is being premiered in three concerts at the National Concert Hall. Brendan Finan reviews the first concert which took place on 15 February.
Voices Louder Than Ever Voices Louder Than Ever Shannon McNamee Galway 2020's music programme is under way, with 'Imagining Ireland', a concert of female artists including Lisa O'Neill, Radie Peat and Sorcha Richardson, at the Black Box Theatre last Monday. Shannon McNamee reviews.
The Dublin Camaraderie The Dublin Camaraderie Sadhbh O'Sullivan In the second review from our new Traditional Music Writer Mentoring Scheme, supported by the Arts Council, Sadhbh O'Sullivan reviews Daoirí Farrell at Temple Bar TradFest, a concert in which he was joined by a range of artists including Seán Keane of the Chieftains.
Characters that Might Disappear into Thin Air Characters that Might Disappear into Thin Air Andrea Cleary David Keenan's debut album 'A Beginner’s Guide to Bravery' displays obvious talent, but it is lost in his love for the past, writes Andrea Cleary.
The Beethoven Connection The Beethoven Connection Toner Quinn The Midwinter Festival in Galway focused on early Beethoven this year, and brought a renowned piano-violin partnership to the west. Toner Quinn reviews.

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