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The Harp and Soul of Ireland The Harp and Soul of Ireland Toner Quinn Irish harping has been given recognition by UNESCO. It is an important moment for Irish music, writes Toner Quinn.
Beneath the Brightness Beneath the Brightness Anna Murray Cellist and songwriter Vyvienne Long has recently released her new album 'A Lifetime of High Fives', twelve new songs featuring Laetare Vocal Ensemble and ConTempo Quartet. Anna Murray reviews.
Sharing With Somebody Sharing With Somebody Andrea Cleary Dublin singer-songwriter Sorcha Richardson has recently released her debut album on Faction Records. Andrea Cleary reviews.
Miracle in Drumcondra Miracle in Drumcondra Adrian Smith The 7th Fidelio Trio Winter Chamber Music Festival took place last weekend, featuring the Apple Hill String Quartet and world premieres by Brian Irvine and Louis Karchin. Adrian Smith reviews the Saturday and Sunday concerts.
Missing the Main Theme Missing the Main Theme Adrian Smith John Kinsella's 11th symphony received its world premiere last weekend, conducted by Jean Deroyer. Adrian Smith reviews.
What Now for RTÉ Lyric FM? What Now for RTÉ Lyric FM? It is now over three weeks since RTÉ announced that it was closing the Lyric FM studios in Limerick and moving production of the national music and arts radio station to Cork and Dublin. What does this mean for the station's content and staff, and will the decision be reversed? The Journal of Music spoke to the Head of Lyric, Aodán Ó Dubhghaill.
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.

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