Most Popular Articles, Reviews and News of 2019

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Most Popular Articles, Reviews and News of 2019

A list of the top ten most popular articles, reviews and news of 2019 on the Journal of Music.

Is there a need for orchestras to become more inclusive? How will the music industry produce revenue in 2020? What is the future of traditional music in Ireland, and are we overlooking women tune composers? These are some of the questions and topics covered in the most read articles, reviews and news items on the Journal of Music in 2019. From January to December, readers also engaged with content covering everything from Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann to the new wave of music inspired by climate change, plus interviews with musicians, and reviews of contemporary, traditional and indie concerts and festivals. 

See below the full list of most read articles, reviews and news of 2019. 

An interview with Radie Peat and Daragh Lynch of Lankum is one of the most read articles of 2019. 


1. Are We Ambitious Enough for Irish Traditional Music?
2‘It’s just not everything I am’: An Interview with Damien Mullane
3. 2020 – Where is the Money in Today’s Music World?
4. ‘What you say when you look at the world’: An Interview with Radie Peat and Daragh Lynch of Lankum
5. Why We Need to Transform Our Orchestras – and How We Can Do It 
6. A New Irish Musical Language is Developing 
7. Why Are We Neglecting the Female Tune Composers? 
8. Look Forensically into My Mind – A New Film on Tony MacMahon
9. Lyric FM Needs a New Vision, Not More Cuts 
10. ‘We’ve got one chance to get this right’: An Interview with Anthony Long


A scene from Abomination: A DUP Opera


1. The New Music Festival Ireland Deserves?: New Music Dublin 2019
2. No Magical Ending for Irish National Opera’s Season: Irish National Opera’s The Magic Flute
3. New Voices Singing Women’s Stories: A TU Dublin Conservatoire and RIAM opera double bill
4. When Concertina Meets ConcertoRTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and Niall Vallely
5. The High Drama of Homophobia: Conor Mitchell’s Abomination: A DUP Opera
6. A Harp at HomeRTÉ Lyric FM gala concert
7. Toast the Nonconformists: Open Ear festival
8. The Freedom of Feakle: Feakle Festival 2019
9. Tradition in the Making: Conor Connolly and Claire Egan
10. Some People are Frightened: Cork Sound Fair 2019


Laoise Kelly was awarded the TG4 Gradam Ceoil Ceoltóir na Bliana/Musician of the Year in November. 


1. Winners Announced for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2019
2. ‘A thoughtful musician and a thoughtful composer’: Remembering Paddy Fahey
3. Laoise Kelly Awarded TG4 Gradam Ceoil
4. 20 Singers Announced for BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2019
5. Songs and Music of the Climate Action Movement
6. RTÉ Announces Shortlist for 2019 Folk Awards
7. Massive Attack Provides New Remix for Extinction Rebellion Short Film
8. €245k Available for Musicians, Bands and Orchestras to Buy Instruments
9. RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Award Winners Announced
10. ‘Is it easier to be a traditional artist in other countries?’: Tristan Rosenstock and Oisín Mac Diarmada Launch Trad Ireland 

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Published on 18 December 2019

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