Album and Concert Reviews | Irish Music Reviews

Sean-nós on Its Own Terms
Muireann Nic Amhlaoidh, Ceara Conway and Inni-K have all recently released CDs that reimagine the performance of Irish sean-nós songs. Adrian Scahill reviews.
Music Out of Time
Music for Galway recently presented the world premiere of Gerald Barry's 'Cello Concerto' and the Irish premiere of Julia Wolfe's 'Wind in My Hair'. Toner Quinn reviews.
Not a Journey But a Place
Last weekend, Louth Contemporary Music Society presented the Irish premiere of American composer Michael Pisaro-Liu's, ‘asleep, wind, voice, poe’. The concert featured London group Apartment House, pianist David Bremner, composer and audio producer David Stalling, and actor Olwen Fouéré. Brendan Finan reviews.
Shades of Drama and Light
Last week, the National Symphony Orchestra performed under Portuguese conductor Joana Carneiro a programme of works by Salonen, Mahler, and Stravinsky, featuring mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught. James Camien McGuiggan reviews.
New Releases of the Week (6 May 2022)
A round-up of recent releases including Cal Folger Day, Seosaimhín Ní Bheaglaíoch, Charlie Piggott, Gerry Harrington and Peter Browne, Sive, Téada, and the Whileaways. To submit your music for inclusion, please email [email protected]
An Ambitious and Diverse Return
New Music Dublin returned last week with a fully live event from 28 April to 1 May, and 39 world premieres. Adrian Smith reviews.
Making Unlikely Things Possible
The Music Current contemporary music festival returned last week post-pandemic and featured international groups Splinter Reeds, Loadbang and Ensemble Garage, Barry Guy and Maya Homburger, and a range of premieres. James Camien McGuiggan reviews.
Two Days in Belfast
The music and sound art festival Sonorities returned this month following a pause due to the pandemic. Drew Stephens attended a cross-section of the event in Belfast on 7–8 April.
Not Its Usual Scream
Pianist Michael McHale has recently released an album that combines the famous Beethoven 'Moonlight' and' Appassionata' sonatas with new works by Linda Buckley and Áine Mallon. Brendan Finan reviews.
New Releases of the Week (22 April 2022)
A round-up of recent releases including Cathal Ó Curráin, Fontaines D.C., Robocobra Quartet, Dermot Byrne and Yvonne Casey, Emét, and Aoife Doyle. To submit your music for inclusion, please email [email protected]