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Universal Connection Universal Connection Shannon McNamee Northern Irish singer Kitt Philippa's debut album has recently been released on Paragon Records. Shannon McNamee reviews.
An Alchemy That Makes You Wonder An Alchemy That Makes You Wonder Don O'Mahony The second Quiet Lights festival took place in Cork at the weekend. Don O’Mahony attends a selection of concerts including Caimin Gilmore, Lōwli, Lemoncello and Rosa Nutty on Saturday, and Junior Brother and Rozi Plain on Sunday.
Where It All Began Where It All Began Adrian Scahill Andy Irvine has recently released 'Old Dog Long Road, Volume 1', a two-disc retrospective containing live and private recordings dating from 1961 to 2012. Adrian Scahill reviews.
The Covert Voices The Covert Voices Rachel Deckard Rachel Deckard reviews Galway singer Maija Sofia at the Black Gate – our latest review in the Music Writer Mentoring Scheme for Galway City and County.
Are We Ambitious Enough for Irish Traditional Music? Are We Ambitious Enough for Irish Traditional Music? Toner Quinn The inaugural TradTalk conference, a new discussion forum for traditional artists, took place last weekend (16 November). Toner Quinn reflects on some of the issues raised.
Dance Moves in the Banquet Hall Dance Moves in the Banquet Hall Mark Fitzgerald Listening Bodies, a collaboration between the vocal group Tonnta and Kirkos ensemble, took place in Dublin's Smock Alley Theatre at the weekend and featured a four-hour programme of Irish and international work. Mark Fitzgerald reviews.
The High Drama of Homophobia The High Drama of Homophobia Laura Sheary Conor Mitchell's provocative new opera based on the DUP's derogatory comments on homosexuality premiered in Belfast last week. Laura Sheary reviews.
Lankum Won’t Let Ireland Forget Lankum Won’t Let Ireland Forget Toner Quinn Traditional music once comforted us and reassured us, writes Toner Quinn, but not Lankum.
Seeing Beyond Seeing Beyond Toner Quinn The Irish Memory Orchestra and 26 musicians with sight loss gave the world premiere of Dave Flynn's Vision Symphony last weekend. Toner Quinn reviews.
Witness to Suffering Witness to Suffering Tim Diovanni Kirkos ensemble gave a performance of Sebastian Adams' 'Harry Patch' and Robert Coleman's 'Cross' last month in Dublin. Tim Diovanni reviews.

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