Celtic Connection or Talented Imitator? Axel Klein, who has written a number of works on Irish classical music, has recently published a voluminous biography of the almost totally unknown Irish-American, Paris-resident composer Swan Hennessy. Is his music worth reviving? James Camien McGuiggan reviews.
Less Sweet Life The duo Lemoncello featuring Laura Quirke and Claire Kinsella have recently released their second EP 'Oil and Water'. Shannon McNamee reviews.
Dukas Beyond Disney A recently published book by Laura Watson on the French composer Paul Dukas is the first full-length academic study of the artist in English and explores his range of music and his music criticism. Brendan Finan reviews.
Humours of the Sea Singer Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh's latest album 'Thar Toinn / Seaborne' explores themes of the ocean and our cultural connection to it. Sadhbh O'Sullivan reviews.
Language of Trauma Singer-songwriter Hilary Woods recently released 'Birthmarks', a follow up to the acclaimed 'Colt'. Andrea Cleary reviews.
‘The funding model for public service media … is not working’: Eoin Brady Leaves RTÉ Lyric FM Senior producer and manager of Lyric FM record label leaves station for university role.
Synthesis of Traditions In the fifth review from our new Traditional Music Writer Mentoring Scheme, supported by the Arts Council, Miceál Mullen reviews the debut solo album by composer and pianist Ryan Molloy.
Nostalgia, Decay and Defiance 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 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 A new feature-length documentary on the great piper Liam O'Flynn was broadcast on TG4 at the weekend. Toner Quinn reviews.