Reviews

Arc of the Seasons
Galway songwriter Anna Mullarkey has recently released her debut album 'Spéir', commissioned by Galway 2020. Shannon McNamee reviews.
Sweet Siblings
Irish National Opera's most recent production was a version of 'Hansel and Gretel' directed by Louis Lovett and Muireann Ahern. Tara Broderick reviews the Galway performance.
New Music Up a Notch
Ireland's largest contemporary music festival New Music Dublin took place at the National Concert Hall and nearby venues last weekend and featured twenty concerts and twenty-two world premieres. Adrian Smith reviews.
The Land From Which it Came
In the fourth review from our new Traditional Music Writer Mentoring Scheme, supported by the Arts Council, Moya Sweeney reviews the latest recording from the Donegal traditional group Fidil.
A New Time for the Irish Language and Classical Music
A new collection of Irish-language art songs, written by a range of Irish and international composers, is being premiered in three concerts at the National Concert Hall. Brendan Finan reviews the first concert which took place on 15 February.
Transforming the Traditional Sound
In the third review from our new Traditional Music Writer Mentoring Scheme, supported by the Arts Council, Ciara O'Leary Fitzpatrick reviews a Music Network concert in Cork featuring Galician piper Anxo Lorenzo, Dónal O’Connor, Jim Murray and Jack Talty.
Voices Louder Than Ever
Galway 2020's music programme is under way, with 'Imagining Ireland', a concert of female artists including Lisa O'Neill, Radie Peat and Sorcha Richardson, at the Black Box Theatre last Monday. Shannon McNamee reviews.
The Dublin Camaraderie
In the second review from our new Traditional Music Writer Mentoring Scheme, supported by the Arts Council, Sadhbh O'Sullivan reviews Daoirí Farrell at Temple Bar TradFest, a concert in which he was joined by a range of artists including Seán Keane of the Chieftains.
Characters that Might Disappear into Thin Air
David Keenan's debut album 'A Beginner’s Guide to Bravery' displays obvious talent, but it is lost in his love for the past, writes Andrea Cleary.
The Waiting Place
Singer-songwriter Aoife Nessa Frances has just released her debut album 'Land of No Junction', a collection of songs rooted in the experience of millennial life. Andrea Cleary reviews.