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A New Time for the Irish Language and Classical Music A New Time for the Irish Language and Classical Music Brendan Finan A new collection of Irish-language art songs, written by a range of Irish and international composers, is being premiered in three concerts at the National Concert Hall. Brendan Finan reviews the first concert which took place on 15 February.
‘People want to break down boundaries’: An interview with Nick Roth and Matthew Jacobson of Diatribe Records ‘People want to break down boundaries’: An interview with Nick Roth and Matthew Jacobson of Diatribe Records The Irish record label Diatribe is hosting a stage for five concerts and releasing seven albums during the forthcoming New Music Dublin festival. Directors and musicians Nick Roth and Matthew Jacobson spoke to the Journal of Music about their ideas behind the label, their catalogue of over 30 recordings to date, and the contemporary music and improv scene that they have been documenting.
Voices Louder Than Ever Voices Louder Than Ever Shannon McNamee Galway 2020's music programme is under way, with 'Imagining Ireland', a concert of female artists including Lisa O'Neill, Radie Peat and Sorcha Richardson, at the Black Box Theatre last Monday. Shannon McNamee reviews.
The Dublin Camaraderie The Dublin Camaraderie Sadhbh O'Sullivan In the second review from our new Traditional Music Writer Mentoring Scheme, supported by the Arts Council, Sadhbh O'Sullivan reviews Daoirí Farrell at Temple Bar TradFest, a concert in which he was joined by a range of artists including Seán Keane of the Chieftains.
Podcast: What Next for Other Voices? – An Interview with Philip King Podcast: What Next for Other Voices? – An Interview with Philip King The creator of Other Voices spoke to the Journal of Music about the ideas behind the programme and about the role music can play in society.
Characters that Might Disappear into Thin Air Characters that Might Disappear into Thin Air Andrea Cleary 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 Unguarded Voice Laura Watson 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 Beethoven Connection Toner Quinn 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 The Waiting Place Andrea Cleary 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 The Composer as Raconteur Mark Fitzgerald 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.

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