Criticism

CD Reviews: Ronan Browne & Peter O'Loughlin's Touch Me If You Dare Emer Mayock Ronan Browne & Peter O’LoughlinTouch Me If You DareCeirníní Cladaig/Claddagh Records (CCF35CD)Touch Me If You Dare is the successor to Ronan Browne and Peter O’Loughlin’s 1988 release The South West Wind. At that time Tommy...
CD Reviews: The McCarthys' Family Album Máire O'Keeffe The McCarthysThe Family AlbumMaree MusicThe Family Album is a collection of traditional dance music recordings put together by the McCarthys, one of the most respected and highly regarded families in Irish traditional music. Jacqueline, Marion, Bernadette...
CD Reviews: Niall and Cillian Vallely's Callan Bridge Ciarán Somers Niall and Cillian VallelyCallan BridgeCompass RecordsThe sleeve notes of this album, written by Don Meade, refer to the ‘near-telepathic musical understanding’ and ‘note for note synchronicity achieved in their duet selections’. The...
Live Reviews: Jennifer Walshe's Now Wash Your Hands Scott McLaughlin Now Wash Your HandsProgrammed by Jennifer Walshe Project Theatre, Dublin, 22 March 2003.Michael Maierhof – Splitting 5James Saunders – #220303Amnon Wolman – Peter and the WolfPeter Edwards – For a moment, windowsJennifer Walshe –...
Letters: Up North! Reviews Brian Kilfedder Dear Editor,The reviews of the recent so called ‘up-worth’ festival seemed to be written in advance! How can colleagues review concerts of other colleagues’ work (with vested interests) objectively? This smacks of hypocrisy – didn’t...
Letters: Up North! Reviews Steve Nixon Dear EditorWhy does the Dublin-based music media discriminate against Cork musicians? Why did you not review Mark O’Leary’s concert at the Nordic Council music festival?The performance he gave was outstanding, yet it’s Dublin’s third-rate...
Live Reviews: Vox 21 John McLachlan Vox 21Bank of Ireland Arts Centre, Dublin 2, 23rd January 2003Dwyer – Quasi una fantasia Boulez – Dérive I Carroll – Three Chunky Lumps Deane – March oubliée / Catacombs / Seachanges (with Danse Macabre) Mostly Modern...
Live Reviews: Roger Doyle & Friends Scott McLaughlin Roger Doyle & FriendsMermaid Arts Centre, Bray, Co. Wicklow25th January 2003with Trevor Knight (piano/keyboards) and Tim Redfern (interactive video)Salome; Budawanny 2002; The Nightshow from Babel; The Idea and its Shadow; 3 Pieces; Passade; Improvisation;...
Live Review: Deirdre Gribbin's Empire States Scott McLaughlin National Symphony Orchestra / William Eddins, conductor / National Concert Hall, Dublin / 31st January 2003
Live Reviews: Horizons: John McLachlan Simon O'Connor National Symphony OrchestraWilliam Eddins, conductorNational Concert Hall, Dublin4th Feb 2003Horizons 1 – Featured Composer: John McLachlanMcLachlan – Concerto for Chamber OrchestraLutoslawski – Jeux vénitiensFoss – Ode for OrchestraMcLachlan...

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