Sean O'riada

When Concertina Meets Concerto

When Concertina Meets Concerto

When Concertina Meets Concerto

The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra marked St Patrick's Day with a performance of a new concerto for concertina by Niall Vallely, a set by the group Moxie, and Seán Ó Riada's 'Mise Éire'.

Published on 20 March 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.

The Challenge to the Gaeltacht Remains

The Challenge to the Gaeltacht Remains

The Challenge to the Gaeltacht Remains

‘Aisling?’, a new show of music, song, dance and literature directed by Darach Mac Con Iomaire and commissioned by Ealaín na Gaeltachta, was presented as a central part of ‘Bliain na Gaeilge’ – a year-long celebration of the Irish language.

Published on 11 October 2018

Barra Ó Séaghdha is a writer on cultural politics, literature and music.

Interweaving Lines

Interweaving Lines

Interweaving Lines

What is the common heritage between traditional Irish tunes and Baroque dances? Adrian Scahill reviews a new recording on the RTÉ Lyric FM label.

Published on 28 June 2018

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

A Guide to a Global, Hybrid Music

A Guide to a Global, Hybrid Music

A Guide to a Global, Hybrid Music

Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin's reissued book 'A Short History of Irish Traditional Music' stands the test of time, writes Aileen Dillane, and contains new material on female musicians as well as the expanding presence of Irish music

Published on 13 September 2017

Aileen Dillane is an ethnomusicologist and musician based in the Irish World Academy, University of Limerick.

This is Curatorship

This is Curatorship

This is Curatorship

Since 2006, Louth Contemporary Music Society has been commissioning internationally renowned composers such as Arvo Pärt and Terry Riley, hosting ambitious concerts, and has issued several recordings.

Published on 16 September 2015

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

Big Book, Small Back Room

Big Book, Small Back Room

Big Book, Small Back Room

Reading the Companion to Irish Traditional Music, Ciaran Carson reflects on the many ways traditional music has changed in recent decades, but also how much it has stayed the same.

Published on 29 February 2012

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 Long Now

The Long Now

The Long Now

Our society lives on a short fuse. The current economic turmoil and the cuts in arts funding demonstrate the lack of a long-term perspective. Michael Cronin asks how our society can escape the tyranny of the moment.

Published on 1 November 2008

Michael Cronin holds a Personal Chair in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Dublin City University. His latest book is Translation goes to the Movies, published by Routledge.

In Praise of the Ceili Band

In Praise of the Ceili Band

In Praise of the Ceili Band

There’s a burst of applause before the band launches into a set of reels: the pace is immediately fast and furious, and you can hear the audience in the background, whooping and hurrahing above an excited buzz of conversation.

Published on 1 January 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'.

Letters: Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Experimental Traditional Music

Letters: Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Experimental Traditional Music

Published on 1 November 2007

Fintan Vallely lectures in traditional music at Dundalk Institute of Technology. He is author of several biographical and ethnographic books on the music, and is editor of the A-Z reference work Companion to Irish Traditional Music.

The Crack Goes On

The Crack Goes On

The Crack Goes On

Writer, poet and flute-player Ciaran Carson remembers the traditional music group Planxty and reviews a recent book on the pioneering band.

Published on 1 January 2007

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'.

‘Because it's our own’: Breandán Breathnach 1912-85

‘Because it's our own’: Breandán Breathnach 1912-85

‘Because it's our own’: Breandán Breathnach 1912-85

Uilleann piper, writer, publisher, organiser, and one of the great music collectors, Breandán Breathnach’s name is known throughout the world of Irish traditional music for his five volumes of Ceol Rince na hÉireann as well as for his wide

Published on 1 May 2005

Nicholas Carolan is Director Emeritus of the Irish Traditional Music Archive.

The Price of Happiness?

The Price of Happiness?

Has too much been sacrificed by Irish traditional music in embracing the values of modern Ireland? Barra Ó Séaghdha takes some snapshots of a country with 'societal amnesia' and wonders where all the slow airs have gone...

Published on 1 July 2004

Barra Ó Séaghdha is a writer on cultural politics, literature and music.

Letters: Seán Ó Riada, his life and work

Letters: Seán Ó Riada, his life and work

Letters: Seán Ó Riada, his life and work

Dear Editor, I’m a little puzzled to see in Jürgen Simpson’s review of Tomás Ó Canainn’s 'Seán Ó Riada, his life and work' that there is apparently little in the book about Ó Riada’s drink problem....

Published on 1 July 2004

Steve McGrail was a singer, musician and writer from Scotland. He wrote several articles for The Journal of Music and was a great supporter of the magazine from its very first issue. Steve sadly died on 11 May 2016, aged 69.

Identity on Parade

Identity on Parade

A conference held in Virginia, USA, on ‘Re-imagining Ireland’ invited an array of Irish artists and intellectuals to discuss the modern Irish identity – but entirely omitted classical music. Raymond Deane explores why.

Published on 1 July 2003

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.

The National Ear: Part 1

The National Ear: Part 1

The National Ear: Part 1

In the first of two extracts from his forthcoming book, Ceol-Áras: music and broadcasting in Ireland 1926-2001, Richard Pine describes the context of musical life in Ireland when RTÉ was established.

Published on 1 January 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.

Ó Riada is Dead – Long Live Ó Riada!

Ó Riada is Dead – Long Live Ó Riada!

Ó Riada is Dead – Long Live Ó Riada!

Composer Raymond Deane tackles the ongoing 'Ó Riada myth'.

Published on 1 January 2001

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...'.