‘Over the last 15 years, the numbers have really increased’: Telling the Story of Women Uilleann Pipers This February at the Imbolc festival in Derry, Louise Mulcahy will give a talk on the rarely heard history of women uilleann pipers. She speaks to The Journal of Music about her continuing journey of discovering new material.
An Unknown Quantity: Addressing the Neglect of Historical Irish Opera The neglect of historical Irish opera presents a problem – without performances and recordings, how can we assess their contribution to the wider world of opera? Following recent revivals, Una Hunt asks if there are signs that the situation is improving.
Hard to Reconcile The Fidelio Trio's second album of French piano trios has all the fine musicianship of the busy trio, writes Brendan Finan, but too many eccentricities.
'Tired of the confrontational': An Interview with Seán Clancy The Journal of Music recently published an extensive interview with the composer Raymond Deane in which he was critical of the new generation of Irish composers, describing some of their work as ‘unchallenging’. In this interview, Adrian Smith interviews Seán Clancy, a composer of the new generation, about his work, Deane’s views, and the music of new Irish composers.
'It’s just not everything I am': An Interview with Damien Mullane Ahead of his upcoming Music Network tour with Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Siobhan Miller and Anna Massie, accordionist Damien Mullane speaks to The Journal of Music about his career to date, including working with De Dannan and Sting, and finding his own sound within traditional Irish music.
'You really share a moment': an Interview with Mairéad Hickey Ahead of her performance at the Chamber Music Gathering at the NCH and University Church, violinist Mairéad Hickey speaks to The Journal of Music about studying in Germany, playing chamber music and setting up her own festival.
How Music Can Empower Us in the Fight for Climate Justice Young people are not waiting for action on climate change any more – they are taking action, and history shows that music is going to play a key role in their movement, writes Toner Quinn.
The Festival That Starts With 'The First Delivery of Bread’ The unique Scoil Gheimhridh Ghaoth Dobhair winter festival takes place from 27 December to 1 January in Donegal, and includes a talk this year from one of its founders, Gearóid Ó Maonaigh. He spoke to The Journal of Music about the festival's origins and his highlights over the years.
'Don't Worry, It's Totally Safe' 'Body Noise Work' – an adventurous project by new music ensemble Kirkos – took place in Dublin last weekend. Tim Diovanni reviews a series of performances involving dripping water, instrument destruction and physical interference.
Music from the Mothership 'The Curious Works of Roger Doyle', a recent documentary on the Irish composer, asks why his music is not better known by the wider public. It's an important question, writes Barbara Jillian Dignam, but with no easy answer.