Criticism

CD Reviews: The West Ocean String Quartet & Matt Molloy Adrian Scahill The Guiding Moon, West Ocean Records, WORCD 101 The West Ocean String Quartet’s second CD exemplifies the continuing interest of musicians in extending the boundaries of traditional music, in this case framing the music within the context of an art music...
CD Reviews: Malachy Bourke & Donnacha Dwyer Ciarán Somers Bourke and Dwyer: Traditional Irish Music on Fiddle, Pipes and Bodhrán Bourke and Dwyer is a CD by two well-known musicians, Malachy Bourke (now Galway-based but formerly Dublin) and Donnacha Dwyer (Dublin), containing thirteen tracks of both instruments...
Live Reviews: Cork Folk Festival Pat Ahern Cork Folk FestivalVarious venues, Cork City5-10 September 2006After last year’s lavish Capital of Culture edition, Cork Folk Festival 2006 presented a positively minimalist face to the world. Gone were the big concerts in the big venues. In their place,...
Live Reviews: Sean Carpio, Simon Jermyn and Joachim Badenhorst Barra Ó Séaghdha Sean Carpio, Simon Jermyn and Joachim BadenhorstSean Carpio’s front room14 September 2006It was the first evening of three on which drummer Sean Carpio and a varying selection of musical accomplices were due to play in his flat as part of the Drama Festival...
Live Reviews: Iarla Ó Lionáird / Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill Barra Ó Séaghdha ESB Beo Celtic Music Festival, NCH, Dublin / 5 August 2006
Live Reviews: Debashish Bhattacharya Barra Ó Séaghdha (chaturangi – 22-string guitar) / Farmleigh Salon Series (programmed by Improvised Music Company), Farmleigh, Castleknock, Dublin, 17 July 2006
Live Reviews: Si Schroeder and Boxes Paul Watts Si Schroeder and BoxesCrawDaddy, Dublin11 May 2006It’s been something of a running joke in Dublin’s music underground that Simon Kenny, who’s been the one constant in the Schroeder family of bands (Schroeder’s Cat, Schroedersound and...
Live Reviews: Garry Walsh, Máire Breathnach, Dave Hennessy & Donal Clancy Pat Ahern Garry Walsh, Máire Breathnach, Dave Hennessy & Donal ClancyMusic Network Tour, Briery Gap, Macroom21 May 2006The traditional music repertoire consists of many parts. There are the old tunes, which were handed down with the Ten Commandments, or so...

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