In the Presence of Potts The premiere of Neil Ó Lochlainn's new suite 'Tairseach', inspired by the music of fiddle player Tommie Potts, took place at Solstice Arts Centre on 26 May. Brendan Finan reviews.
The Many Sides of Erased Tapes On 20 May, the National Concert Hall hosted an evening of concerts to mark 15 years of the Erased Tapes contemporary music label. Drew Stephens reviews.
A Hard-hitting Commentary on the Experience of Asylum Seekers Composer Jamie Thompson's Adjunct Ensemble has just released 'Sovereign Bodies / Ritual Taxonomy' on the Diatribe label, focusing on the ordeal of asylum seekers. Brendan Finan reviews.
A Traditional Fiddler in the Modern World: Exploring the Music of Paddy Canny A new book by Helen O’Shea, 'No Better Boy: Listening to Paddy Canny', journeys into the art of the great East Clare fiddle player. Martin Dowling reviews.
‘Listen, listen and listen’: RIP Fiddle Player Seán Keane A tribute to the Irish fiddle player Seán Keane who died on 7 May.
Conflict and Sorrow in Rural Ireland Irish National Opera's 'Werther', featuring mezzo-soprano Niamh O’Sullivan and Italian tenor Paride Cataldo, is currently on a nationwide tour. Brendan Finan reviews a performance at the Solstice Arts Centre.
Sounds and Silences of the Troubles 'History of the Present', a new opera-film by Maria Fusco and Margaret Salmon exploring the trauma of the Northern Ireland Troubles, with music by Annea Lockwood, received its premiere at the Belfast International Arts Festival this month. Jonathan C. Creasy reviews.
Marking a Decade Exploring the New Music Scene The 10th New Music Dublin festival took place last weekend and featured major new works by Donnacha Dennehy, Ann Cleare, Kevin Volans, Karen Power and more. James Camien McGuiggan reviews.
Playing with the Post-digital The 2023 Music Current festival took place last week (12–15 April) at the Project Arts Centre in Dublin, featuring works by Francis Heery, Jaki Irvine, Michael Maierhof, Jessie Marino, Simon Steen-Anderson and Michael Beil, with performers Nadar Ensemble, Dublin Sound Lab and more. Adrian Smith reviews.
Seóirse Bodley at 90 The Irish composer Seóirse Bodley is 90 this month and two of his works will be performed at the New Music Dublin festival this week. Adrian Scahill looks back over his music and his innovative work in integrating Irish traditional music into his compositional voice.