Musicians and Identity – Why There Was Such a Strong Reaction to Minister Heather Humphreys' Comments The response from musicians to comments last week by Minister Heather Humphreys about reskilling and retraining was visceral, although her words were not directed towards them. Colm Kelly explores why.
Is Great Music Always Subversive? A major book by American writer Ted Gioia, published last autumn, explores the history of music and many overlooked traditions, and argues that the best music has almost always been subversive. James Camien McGuiggan reviews.
A Hero's Disruption It has been an exceptional year for the post-punk Dublin band Fontaines D.C., and this week, just over a year after their debut 'Dogrel', they release their much anticipated second album 'A Hero's Death'. Jake Tiernan reviews.
The Punks Next Door Dublin band Silverbacks have just released their debut album 'Fad'. Andrea Cleary reviews.
A Story of Resilience A recently published book by Alf McCreary on the history of the Ulster Orchestra tells the story of persistence in the face of extraordinary challenges. Lucy Hayward O'Leary reviews.
Up to the Surface Jazz musician Aengus Hackett has just released his debut EP of electronic music under the alias Penji. Don O'Mahony reviews.
The Silencing of An Spidéal – Why Catherine Martin Needs to Set Out a New Vision for the Arts The experience of one village in the west of Ireland shows that the new Minister for Arts faces a serious challenge, to change the way we think about culture and its role in our society, writes Toner Quinn.
Exploring Schubert's Year Sharon Carty and Jonathan Ware's new album is a collection of Schubert songs centred around the four seasons. Tara Broderick reviews.
Against the Party Line of Western Music Jennifer Walshe's recent album, 'A Late Anthology of Early Music Vol. 1: Ancient to Renaissance', uses Artificial Intelligence to reimagine the taught history of Western music. Brendan Finan reviews.
On Life's Wave Brigid Mae Power's 'Head Above the Water', released on Fire Records earlier this month, is the third album from the Galway singer-songwriter. Shannon McNamee reviews.