Criticism

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: Vijay Iyer Nick Roth VIJAY IYERSugar Club, Dublin27 April 2006Contemporary jazz is an exacting art. As the music grows and absorbs elements from increasingly diverse influences, it seems that as a consequence many contemporary groups are formed to work on very specific concepts...
Live Reviews: Fergus Johnston's 'Brahms Begins the Day' Benedict Schlepper-Connolly Fergus Johnston's 'Brahms Begins the Day'World premiere Brahmsfest, NSO, Baiba Skride (violin), Gerhard Markson (cond.), NCH, Dublin, 28 April 2006Fergus Johnston’s Brahms begins the day is sculpted from unlikely clay: the material ranges...
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...
Live Reviews: Dublin Guitar Quartet Paul Watts Lazybird (The International Bar), Dublin, 12 March 2006This gig served as an album launch for the Dublin Guitar Quartet’s debut album Deleted Pieces, which had just been released a couple of days beforehand on Greyslate Records, and attendance-wise it...

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