Album and Concert Reviews

Sometimes Startled
A new album on the Diatribe label features South African pianist Jill Richards performing six of Kevin Volans' études, while the composer plays a number of works by Liszt. Mark Fitzgerald reviews.
Ambient Natural World
'Chimp', the new solo album from violinist and singer Diamanda La Berge Dramm, is a collection of avant pop with words by Steven J. Fowler. Brendan Finan reviews.
Recent Releases (8 July 2022)
A round-up of recent releases including Fidelio trio, Farah Elle, the Ficino Ensemble and Michelle O'Rourke, Myles O'Reilly, Pat Fleming, Anna Mullarkey, David Keenan and Anna Mieke. To submit your music for inclusion, please email [email protected]
In-Depth Experience in West Cork
Returning for its first live festival since 2019, the West Cork Chamber Music Festival took place from 24 June to 3 July with over 100 concerts. James Camien McGuiggan attended for three days and reviews a number of events.
A Win for Smaller Offerings
The Body & Soul festival returned on 17–19 June with a reduced capacity and a line-up including CMAT, Róisín Murphy, Pillow Queens and Jon Hopkins. Andrea Cleary reviews.
New Releases of the Week (24 June 2022)
A round-up of recent releases including Robocobra Quartet, Seán Keegan, The Carole Nelson Trio, Ailbhe Reddy, Maria Kelly feat. Sive, TRÚ, and Ragerra. To submit your music for inclusion, please email [email protected]
A Royal Conflict
Irish National Opera's production of Donizetti’s 'Maria Stuarda' opened in the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin at the weekend, ahead of dates in Cork, Wexford and Limerick. Brendan Finan reviews.
Natural New Directions
Violist Nathan Sherman and percussionist Alex Petcu have recently released a new album that includes commissions from Benedict Schlepper-Connolly and Kate Moore as well as works by Ian Wilson and Berio. Brendan Finan reviews.
New Releases of the Week (27 May 2022)
A round-up of recent releases including Just Mustard, Sorcha Richardson, Brídín, Ed Sheeran and Denise Chaila, and O Deer. To submit your music for inclusion, please email [email protected]
Representing Ireland's Damaged Past
Farpoint Recordings have recently released 'SacrumProfanum' by composer Benjamin Dwyer, a work for ensemble and tape inspired by the medieval Sheela-na-gig carvings found in Ireland. James Camien McGuiggan reviews.