Criticism

A Win for Smaller Offerings A Win for Smaller Offerings Andrea Cleary The Body & Soul festival returned on 17–19 June with a reduced capacity and a line-up including CMAT, Róisín Murphy, Pillow Queens and Jon Hopkins. Andrea Cleary reviews.
New Releases of the Week (24 June 2022) New Releases of the Week (24 June 2022) A round-up of recent releases including Robocobra Quartet, Seán Keegan, The Carole Nelson Trio, Ailbhe Reddy, Maria Kelly feat. Sive, TRÚ, and Ragerra. To submit your music for inclusion, please email [email protected]
A Royal Conflict A Royal Conflict Brendan Finan Irish National Opera's production of Donizetti’s 'Maria Stuarda' opened in the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin at the weekend, ahead of dates in Cork, Wexford and Limerick. Brendan Finan reviews.
Natural New Directions Natural New Directions Brendan Finan Violist Nathan Sherman and percussionist Alex Petcu have recently released a new album that includes commissions from Benedict Schlepper-Connolly and Kate Moore as well as works by Ian Wilson and Berio. Brendan Finan reviews.
New Releases of the Week (27 May 2022) New Releases of the Week (27 May 2022) A round-up of recent releases including Just Mustard, Sorcha Richardson, Brídín, Ed Sheeran and Denise Chaila, and O Deer. To submit your music for inclusion, please email [email protected]
Representing Ireland's Damaged Past Representing Ireland's Damaged Past James Camien McGuiggan Farpoint Recordings have recently released 'SacrumProfanum' by composer Benjamin Dwyer, a work for ensemble and tape inspired by the medieval Sheela-na-gig carvings found in Ireland. James Camien McGuiggan reviews.
New Releases of the Week (20 May 2022) New Releases of the Week (20 May 2022) A round-up of recent releases including Aoife Nessa Frances, Ye Vagabonds, Sean Carpio, The Olllam, Mama's Broke, SOAK, and Paper Tigers. To submit your music for inclusion, please email [email protected]
Music Out of Time Music Out of Time Toner Quinn Music for Galway recently presented the world premiere of Gerald Barry's 'Cello Concerto' and the Irish premiere of Julia Wolfe's 'Wind in My Hair'. Toner Quinn reviews.
Sean-nós on Its Own Terms Sean-nós on Its Own Terms Adrian Scahill Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Ceara Conway and Inni-K have all recently released CDs that reimagine the performance of Irish sean-nós songs. Adrian Scahill reviews.
Not a Journey But a Place Not a Journey But a Place Brendan Finan Last weekend, Louth Contemporary Music Society presented the Irish premiere of American composer Michael Pisaro-Liu's, ‘asleep, wind, voice, poe’. The concert featured London group Apartment House, pianist David Bremner, composer and audio producer David Stalling, and actor Olwen Fouéré. Brendan Finan reviews.

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