Characters that Might Disappear into Thin Air David Keenan's debut album 'A Beginner’s Guide to Bravery' displays obvious talent, but it is lost in his love for the past, writes Andrea Cleary.
Unguarded Voice Christy Dignam of Aslan has recently published a new memoir that tells of his epic private struggle with drugs as well the story of the band's evolution from local heroes to fixtures of the Irish musical establishment. Laura Watson reviews.
The Beethoven Connection The Midwinter Festival in Galway focused on early Beethoven this year, and brought a renowned piano-violin partnership to the west. Toner Quinn reviews.
The Waiting Place Singer-songwriter Aoife Nessa Frances has just released her debut album 'Land of No Junction', a collection of songs rooted in the experience of millennial life. Andrea Cleary reviews.
The Composer as Raconteur A memoir and diary belonging to the composer Brian Boydell (1917–2000) have recently been published in a book titled 'Rebellious Ferment', focusing in particular on his life and work in the 1940s and 50s. Mark Fitzgerald reviews.
The Freedom of Finality In his latest review for our Galway City and County Music Writer Mentoring Scheme, Jake Tiernan reviews the final concert by rock quartet Otherkin as part of their farewell tour.
It's Up to Us: How to Grow Your Record Label in the 2020s There's a reason why some countries export more good music than everywhere else, and it’s down to the health of their independent label scene. But what are the secrets to starting and running a successful record label, and how can you avoid the classic mistakes? Gareth Murphy explains how to survive an unpredictable game.
Life on a Wing Singer-songwriter Mike Hanrahan's book, 'Beautiful Affair: A Journey in Music, Food and Friendship', mixes anecdotes from his musical career, including his time with Stockton's Wing and Ronnie Drew, with his life in cookery. Ian Bascombe reviews.
Leave Fear at the Door In her second review for our Galway City and County Music Writer Mentoring Scheme, Kerri Haberlin reviews a performance by songwriter David Keenan at the Róisín Dubh, ahead of the release of his debut album.
Crossing Distance Four-piece Nava have just released their latest album blending Irish and Persian music. Massimo Cattaneo reviews.