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.
The fiddle-player and academic Liz Doherty has just launched 'I Teach Trad', an innovative new programme for teaching teachers of Irish traditional music. She spoke to the Journal of Music about her aims for the course.
'And in a moment the Celt within me stood revealed,' wrote the English composer Arnold Bax on reading Yeats in 1902. But what really was Arnold Bax's relationship with Ireland? Is it true that Ireland was incapable of responding to his music? Just over fifty years since this intruiging figure died in Cork, Irish composer Séamas de Barra looks at his life and music, and his infatuation with Ireland...
Rian is a collaboration between the musician Liam Ó Maonlaí and the choreographer Michael Keegan-Dolan. For Jack Talty at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin, the lines between music and dance began to disappear.
A new generation of musicians and singers is pulling the English folk scene alongside its Irish and Scottish neighbours, pointing to a new era of collaboration – and perhaps even the healing of old wounds, writes Toner Quinn