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We Hear Life Persist: Meredith Monk at the National Concert Hall We Hear Life Persist: Meredith Monk at the National Concert Hall Brendan Finan Pioneering American composer and vocalist Meredith Monk performed at the National Concert Hall last week with members of her vocal ensemble. Brendan Finan reviews.
A Concert Like a Classical Work: Killian Farrell, Sharon Carty and the Irish Chamber Orchestra A Concert Like a Classical Work: Killian Farrell, Sharon Carty and the Irish Chamber Orchestra Brendan Finan On 10 February at the Whyte Recital Hall in Dublin, the Irish Chamber Orchestra with conductor Killian Farrell and mezzo-soprano Sharon Carty performed Deirdre Gribbin's 'The Stones of Life', Mahler, Prokofiev and Mozart. Brendan Finan reviews.
Beginning with America Beginning with America Brendan Finan Last weekend, Chamber Choir Ireland began their spring/summer season, and their final year under conductor Paul Hillier, with a programme of works by American composers. Brendan Finan reviews.
Irish Classical Not So Hidden Anymore Irish Classical Not So Hidden Anymore Brendan Finan BBC Radio 3 has recently broadcast a series exploring Irish classical music across three centuries. Brendan Finan reviews.
The Irish for Hip Hop The Irish for Hip Hop Shannon McNamee 'Ó Bheal', a new documentary on Irish hip hop, was broadcast on TG4 earlier this month. Shannon McNamee reviews.
'There are no good – even tolerable – musicians coming from Ireland anymore and we don’t expect them': Francis O'Neill Letters Published Online 'There are no good – even tolerable – musicians coming from Ireland anymore and we don’t expect them': Francis O'Neill Letters Published Online Toner Quinn The five letters, written between 1906 and 1914, provide an insight into O'Neill's perspective during his seminal publishing and collecting work.
'The only thing I am rich in is songs': Tom Munnelly's Lifelong Journey as a Collector 'The only thing I am rich in is songs': Tom Munnelly's Lifelong Journey as a Collector Lillis Ó Laoire TG4 recently broadcast 'Fear na n-Amhrán: Tom Munnelly', a documentary on the life and work of the great song collector who died in 2007. Lillis Ó Laoire reviews.
Enough of the Facile Narratives: Gael Linn’s Crossroads Enough of the Facile Narratives: Gael Linn’s Crossroads Toner Quinn TG4 recently broadcast a new documentary marking 70 years of the Irish language and cultural organisation Gael Linn. Toner Quinn reviews.
Listen to the Community Listen to the Community Don O'Mahony In September, a three-day festival of musical improvisation and sound art, In Your Own Time and Place, took place in Cork city and featured Quiet Music Ensemble and a six-hour 'Sonic Vigil' with a range of artists. Don O’Mahony reviews.
The Remarkable Consistency of John Buckley The Remarkable Consistency of John Buckley James Camien McGuiggan The composer John Buckley has recently released 'Boireann' on the Métier label, a collection of works for flute and piano featuring Emma Coulthard, David Appleton and Emma Halnan. James Camien McGuiggan reviews.

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