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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.
Marking an Important Decade in Irish Orchestral History Marking an Important Decade in Irish Orchestral History Lucy Hayward In a recently published memoir, 'The Manager's Tale: New Irish Chamber Orchestra – 1970–1980', Lindsay Armstrong tells the story of the intrepid group he co-founded and managed. Lucy Hayward 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.
The Breadth of Contemporary Flute The Breadth of Contemporary Flute James Camien McGuiggan Flute-player Lina Andonovska's much-anticipated debut album 'A Way a Lone a Last' features five new works by Barry O'Halpin, Nick Roth, Donnacha Dennehy and Judith Ring. James Camien McGuiggan reviews.
Bringing the Absent Party Bringing the Absent Party Andrea Cleary Dublin four-piece The Scratch blend metal and folk with boisterous performances. Andrea Cleary reviews their debut album, 'Couldn't Give a Rats'.
There is No Going Back Now: Live Music and the Pandemic There is No Going Back Now: Live Music and the Pandemic Toner Quinn The COVID-19 pandemic means we are going to witness another radical shift in music in the digital age, writes Toner Quinn.
Arc of the Seasons Arc of the Seasons Shannon McNamee Galway songwriter Anna Mullarkey has recently released her debut album 'Spéir', commissioned by Galway 2020. Shannon McNamee reviews.
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.

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