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'You can already see the historic changes in the musical landscape': 74% of Radio Stations Increase Airtime for Irish Female Artists

'You can already see the historic changes in the musical landscape': 74% of Radio Stations Increase Airtime for Irish Female Artists

'You can already see the historic changes in the musical landscape': 74% of Radio Stations Increase Airtime for Irish Female Artists

RTÉ 2FM increases its airtime for womxn from 10% to 45%.

Published on 28 October 2020

'It's choosing men over women for whatever reason. I don't know why, but it has to change': Irish Female Artists Received Just 8% of Top 20 Radio Airplay

'It's choosing men over women for whatever reason. I don't know why, but it has to change': Irish Female Artists Received Just 8% of Top 20 Radio Airplay

'It's choosing men over women for whatever reason. I don't know why, but it has to change': Irish Female Artists Received Just 8% of Top 20 Radio Airplay

Survey of 27 stations over the last twelve months reveals significant disparity in playlisting.

Published on 24 June 2020

A Harp at Home

A Harp at Home

A Harp at Home

RTÉ Lyric FM celebrated its twentieth year with a gala concert on 1 May featuring the premiere of the very first concerto for Irish harp, written by Ryan Molloy. Tim Diovanni reviews.

Published on 7 May 2019

Tim Diovanni is a music journalist from New York and a graduate student in musicology at the TU Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama.

How Sounding the Feminists Put Music and Gender in the Spotlight

How Sounding the Feminists Put Music and Gender in the Spotlight

How Sounding the Feminists Put Music and Gender in the Spotlight

In less than two years, the Sounding the Feminists movement has changed the conversation in the Irish contemporary music scene and put the issue of gender equality and composers firmly on the musical map, but, asks Adrian Smith, can it have

Published on 11 April 2019

Adrian Smith is Lecturer in Musicology at TU Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama.

Sounding from the Page

Sounding from the Page

Sounding from the Page

Known for his innovative music broadcasting, John Kelly's first collection of poetry, 'Notions', which has just been published by Dedalus Press, finds beauty in the small things, writes Laura Sheary.

Published on 15 November 2018

Laura Sheary is a writer and musician based in Belfast. In 2018 she took part part in the Journal of Music/Arts Council of Northern Ireland Music Writer Mentoring Scheme. Laura was a member of indie pop band Staring at Lakes and now performs with Kyoto Love Hotel.

New Music on the Margins

New Music on the Margins

New Music on the Margins

The 'Music of Our Time' concerts struggle to find an audience on mid-week afternoons. Adrian Smith examines how a lack of regard for new music and a lack of vision impact the series.

Published on 11 October 2018

Adrian Smith is Lecturer in Musicology at TU Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama.

Against Resignation: An Interview with Raymond Deane

Against Resignation: An Interview with Raymond Deane

Against Resignation: An Interview with Raymond Deane

Is there a lack of solidarity among composers? Will classical music ever become a part of Ireland's national consciousness? And have young Irish composers unwittingly subscribed to a code of musical prohibitions influenced by the US?

Published on 3 October 2018

Adrian Smith is Lecturer in Musicology at TU Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama.

The New Normal?

The New Normal?

The New Normal?

The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra has just announced its 2018/19 season. Adrian Smith looks at the range of music on offer – from contemporary and classical to traditional – and considers some of the overall trends in programming.

Published on 31 May 2018

Adrian Smith is Lecturer in Musicology at TU Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama.

Glorious Shambles

Glorious Shambles

Glorious Shambles

Gerald Barry's inspirations come from many sources – his new Organ Concerto, performed in Dublin in May, was partly inspired by a cat mourning the loss of atonality – or was it? Adrian Smith reviews.

Published on 10 May 2018

Adrian Smith is Lecturer in Musicology at TU Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama.

A Visibility Mission: The RTÉ Lyric FM Record Label

A Visibility Mission: The RTÉ Lyric FM Record Label

A Visibility Mission: The RTÉ Lyric FM Record Label

The RTÉ Lyric FM label, established over a decade ago, has now released over forty recordings. Garrett Sholdice listens to the latest six – and considers the 'visibility mission' for Irish music that the label is engaged in.

Published on 21 July 2015

Garrett Sholdice is a composer and a director of the record label and music production company Ergodos.

Turn it Up: An Interview with Broadcaster John Kelly

Turn it Up: An Interview with Broadcaster John Kelly

Turn it Up: An Interview with Broadcaster John Kelly

For over a decade, John Kelly has been broadcasting his own distinct mix of music on national radio, first with the BBC, then Eclectic Ballroom on Radio Ireland (now Today FM) and Mystery Train on RTÉ Radio 1, establishing a reputation as a

Published on 1 November 2008

Toner Quinn is editor of the Journal of Music.

CD Review: Ceol agus Foinn – Music and Songs from the Willie Clancy Summer School

CD Review: Ceol agus Foinn – Music and Songs from the Willie Clancy Summer School

CD Review: Ceol agus Foinn – Music and Songs from the Willie Clancy Summer School

Ceol agus Foinn: Music and Songs from the Willie Clancy Summer SchoolRTÉ 280CDReleased to coincide with the thirty-fifth anniversary of the Willie Clancy Summer School, this generous double CD also celebrates Raidió na Gaeltachta’s...

Published on 1 July 2008

Adrian Scahill is a lecturer in traditional music at Maynooth University.

The Little Bag of Spuds

The Little Bag of Spuds

The Little Bag of Spuds

Ciaran Carson’s second column in a series – in which he maps the learning of a tune – takes him into the virtual.

Published on 1 May 2008

Ciaran Carson (1948–2019) was a poet, prose writer, translator and flute-player. He was the author of Last Night’s Fun – A Book about Irish Traditional Music, The Pocket Guide to Traditional Irish Music, The Star Factory, and the poetry collections The Irish for No, Belfast Confetti and First Language: Poems. He was Professor of Poetry at Queen’s University Belfast. Between 2008 and 2010 Ciaran wrote a series of linked columns for the Journal of Music, beginning with 'The Bag of Spuds' and ending with 'The Raw Bar'.

The Bag of Spuds

The Bag of Spuds

The Bag of Spuds

The first in a series of traditional music columns by Ciaran Carson

Published on 1 March 2008

Ciaran Carson (1948–2019) was a poet, prose writer, translator and flute-player. He was the author of Last Night’s Fun – A Book about Irish Traditional Music, The Pocket Guide to Traditional Irish Music, The Star Factory, and the poetry collections The Irish for No, Belfast Confetti and First Language: Poems. He was Professor of Poetry at Queen’s University Belfast. Between 2008 and 2010 Ciaran wrote a series of linked columns for the Journal of Music, beginning with 'The Bag of Spuds' and ending with 'The Raw Bar'.

Ní ón ngaoth a fuair sé é: Aloys Fleischmann, 1910–92

Ní ón ngaoth a fuair sé é: Aloys Fleischmann, 1910–92

Ní ón ngaoth a fuair sé é: Aloys Fleischmann, 1910–92

Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin reviews a biography of the composer Aloys Fleischmann and remembers a seminal figure in Irish musical life.

Published on 1 May 2007

Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin (1950–2018) was one of Ireland's best known musicians. He made over ten CD recordings of his own compositions and arrangements performed by the Irish Chamber Orchestra under his direction. As a pianist, he is widely acknowledged as having originated a unique Irish piano style out of an Irish traditional base. Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin was Professor of Music at the University of Limerick where he founded the Irish World Music Centre in 1994, which has now grown into the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance.

RTÉ Living Music Festival: A Personal View

RTÉ Living Music Festival: A Personal View

A preview of RTÉ LMF 2004 from the Artistic Director.

Published on 1 January 2004

Raymond Deane is a composer, pianist, author and activist. Together with the violinist Nigel Kennedy, he is a cultural ambassador of Music Harvest, an organisation seeking to create 'a platform for cultural events and dialogue between internationals and Palestinians...'.

The National Ear: Part 2

The National Ear: Part 2

The National Ear: Part 2

The story so far: in the first extract from his book on music and broadcasting (JMI Vol. 3 No.

Published on 1 March 2003

Richard Pine, Director of the Durrell School of Corfu, is a former Concerts Manager in RTÉ. He is the author and editor of books on Irish music history and of definitive studies of Oscar Wilde, Brian Friel and Lawrence Durrell.

RTÉ's First RTÉ Living Music Festival

RTÉ's First RTÉ Living Music Festival

A preview by Artistic Director Raymond Deane of the first RTÉ Living Music Festival on 2-27 October, 2002, at the Helix, Dublin 9, with Featured Composer Luciano Berio.

Published on 1 September 2002

Raymond Deane is a composer, pianist, author and activist. Together with the violinist Nigel Kennedy, he is a cultural ambassador of Music Harvest, an organisation seeking to create 'a platform for cultural events and dialogue between internationals and Palestinians...'.

Changes in Music Education in Ireland: Part 1

Changes in Music Education in Ireland: Part 1

Changes in Music Education in Ireland: Part 1

Ita Beausang charts the changes in music education in Ireland in instrumental tuition, music in schools, and third level music education.

Published on 1 May 2002

Ita Beausang has recently retired from the School of Music and Drama in the Dublin Institute of Technology, where she held various teaching and administrative positions. Her research interests include music education in Ireland, Anglo-Irish music and music criticism.

Another Partial Portrait

Another Partial Portrait

Another Partial Portrait

A review of Portrait of the Irish Artist directed by Seán Ó Mordha and broadcast on RTÉ 1 on 16 December 2001.

Published on 1 January 2002

Raymond Deane is a composer, pianist, author and activist. Together with the violinist Nigel Kennedy, he is a cultural ambassador of Music Harvest, an organisation seeking to create 'a platform for cultural events and dialogue between internationals and Palestinians...'.