Criticism

Little Islands of Melody and Silence Little Islands of Melody and Silence Mark Fitzgerald Composer and guitarist Benjamin Dwyer's new album on Diatribe records, 'what is the word' – featuring Dwyer, Barry Guy, Maya Homburger and actor Conor Lovett – is the result of a renewed engagement with all of Samuel Beckett's output. Mark Fitzgerald reviews.
A Sound You Can't Predict A Sound You Can't Predict Andrea Cleary Last week, Denise Chaila gave a compelling performance at the National Gallery as part of the Other Voices Courage series. Andrea Cleary writes about a significant moment for Irish hip hop.
Traditional Music's Slow-Changing World Traditional Music's Slow-Changing World Toner Quinn ‘Slí na mBeaglaoich’, featuring the musical travels around Ireland of father and son Breanndán and Cormac Ó Beaglaoich, is currently showing on TG4. Toner Quinn reviews.
Less Sweet Life Less Sweet Life Shannon McNamee The duo Lemoncello featuring Laura Quirke and Claire Kinsella have recently released their second EP 'Oil and Water'. Shannon McNamee reviews.
Humours of the Sea Humours of the Sea Sadhbh O'Sullivan Singer Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh's latest album 'Thar Toinn / Seaborne' explores themes of the ocean and our cultural connection to it. Sadhbh O'Sullivan reviews.
Language of Trauma Language of Trauma Andrea Cleary Singer-songwriter Hilary Woods recently released 'Birthmarks', a follow up to the acclaimed 'Colt'. Andrea Cleary reviews.
Synthesis of Traditions Synthesis of Traditions Miceál Mullen In the fifth review from our new Traditional Music Writer Mentoring Scheme, supported by the Arts Council, Miceál Mullen reviews the debut solo album by composer and pianist Ryan Molloy.
Nostalgia, Decay and Defiance Nostalgia, Decay and Defiance Anna Murray Pianist and composer Xenia Pestova Bennett recently released her new album ‘Atomic Legacies’ on Diatribe Records. Anna Murray reviews.
Carrying So Much: Liam O'Flynn and the Tradition Carrying So Much: Liam O'Flynn and the Tradition Toner Quinn A new feature-length documentary on the great piper Liam O'Flynn was broadcast on TG4 at the weekend. Toner Quinn reviews.
Collins' New Collaboration Collins' New Collaboration Brendan Finan On Finghin Collins' latest release on Claves records, he is joined by Roseanne Philippens, Istvan Várdai and Máté Szücs for a performance of Mozart's two Piano Quartets. Brendan Finan reviews.

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