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The Silencing of An Spidéal – Why Catherine Martin Needs to Set Out a New Vision for the Arts

The Silencing of An Spidéal – Why Catherine Martin Needs to Set Out a New Vision for the Arts

The Silencing of An Spidéal – Why Catherine Martin Needs to Set Out a New Vision for the Arts

The experience of one village in the west of Ireland shows that the new Minister for Arts faces a serious challenge, to change the way we think about culture and its role in our society, writes Toner Quinn.

Published on 1 July 2020

Toner Quinn is editor of the Journal of Music.

The Truth About Country Music in the USA

The Truth About Country Music in the USA

The Truth About Country Music in the USA

Music is playing its part in the new battle of ideas in American politics, and perhaps none more so than country. But where does it sit – on the right or the left – and who decides?

Published on 6 June 2018

Mark Allan Jackson is a country music fan and editor of a new collection of essays published by University of Massachusetts Press, The Honky Tonk on the Left: Progressive Thought in Country Music. He teaches popular culture and folklore at Middle Tennessee State University.

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.