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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.
2020 – Where is the Money in Today's Music World? 2020 – Where is the Money in Today's Music World? Gareth Murphy The music business isn't just coming back to life right now, it may actually be bigger than before. What has changed, how did it happen, and what does it mean for artists? Gareth Murphy surveys the contemporary industry and asks: Who is making money from music and how?
Making the Case for Ina Boyle Making the Case for Ina Boyle James Camien McGuiggan A recent book on the life and work of the Irish composer Ina Boyle suggests an oeuvre worth uncovering. James Camien McGuiggan explores the arguments.
There Are No Winners There Are No Winners Toner Quinn Last weekend, Irish National Opera gave the first ever Irish performance of an opera by Vivaldi – the story of a formidable woman subjected to ridicule and abuse. Toner Quinn reviews.
Navigating Life and Art Navigating Life and Art Massimo Cattaneo In his second article for the Galway City and County Music Writer Mentoring Scheme, Massimo Cattaneo reviews a performance by harper Úna Monaghan with singer Pauline Scanlon at the Galway Jazz Festival.
A New Irish Musical Language is Developing A New Irish Musical Language is Developing Toner Quinn We have entered a new era in Irish music, writes Toner Quinn, in which a language based on traditional music and song is producing extraordinary work across genres, but is it getting the attention it deserves?
Impossible Craft Impossible Craft Tara Broderick In her latest article for the Galway City and County Music Writer Mentoring Scheme, Tara Broderick reviews Norwegian hardanger fiddle-player Nils Økland and band at the Galway Jazz Festival.
Tracing the Influences Tracing the Influences Adrian Scahill Dave Munnelly's album of newly composed music, 'Aonair', has a certain interiority, writes Adrian Scahill, and avoids explicit references to Irish dance forms.

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