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  • Ring my Bell X1

    February 5, 2009 @ 4:30 pm | by Fiona McCann

    The boys are back with a new album to be released on February 20th, with that deliciously Talking Headsish “colour of it all” runway single song bringing a bit of the upbeat to some airwaves near you. Just so you can say you knew them when, here’s a bit of back catalogue featuring a death-faking fish and some spikey hair.

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  • When Buffaloes Collide

    January 30, 2009 @ 10:36 am | by Fiona McCann

    Laurence Mackin was at the Sugar Club to see Buffalo Collision.  Read the review here.

  • Fight Like Apes New Vid

    January 29, 2009 @ 11:56 am | by Fiona McCann

    Directed by Eoin Kidney. It’s like Aha’s Take On Me in colour. Kind of. OK, not so much. See for yourselves.

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  • Let the truth be told

    January 14, 2009 @ 12:07 pm | by Fiona McCann

    Irish singer Laura Izibor getting a bit of press across the water, fair play, and this on top of a track on Grey’s Anatomy. Here she is singing her forthcoming Shine – bualadh bos mrs.

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  • Reviews: Peter Planyavsky (organ) – St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin

    November 21, 2008 @ 9:22 am | by Fiona McCann

    This year’s biennial George Hewson Memorial Recital marked a long-awaited return to Ireland by Peter Planyavsky, professor of organ and improvisation at Vienna’s University for Music and Drama. The Viennese thread running through his programme led to crannies of the repertoire that even the more intrepid of organ aficionados might not previously have explored. (more…)

  • Reviews: Tony Christie – Vicar Street, Dublin

    November 18, 2008 @ 11:38 am | by Fiona McCann

    He croons more credibly than most, his phrasing is impeccable and his occasional dance routines impinge minimally on his big band sound. Tony Christie is engaged in the kind of reincarnation that invigorated the flagging careers of everyone from Joe Dolan to Rod Stewart and Tom Jones. (more…)

  • Reviews: IBO/Huggett – St Ann’s Church, Dublin

    @ 11:37 am | by Fiona McCann

    Taking an evening out from its annual festival at Ardee, the Irish Baroque Orchestra came to Dublin with a selection from its two festival concerts. Its programme, Baroque A-Z, yielded a musical lexicon encompassing composers from Albinoni to Zelenka, with Handel, Mondonville, Purcell and Vivaldi included along the way. (more…)

  • Reviews: Cooney, RTÉ NSO/ Altschuler – NCH, Dublin

    @ 11:37 am | by Fiona McCann

    Smetana – Vltava. Dvorák – Violin Concerto. Tchaikovsky – Symphony No 6.

    A packed house for this concert by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra attested to the enduring appeal of a mainstream programme. On offer were a tone-poem, a concerto and a symphony, all dating from the last three decades of the 19th century. (more…)

  • Reviews: Cashell, Johnston, OSC/Daniel – NCH, Dublin

    @ 11:36 am | by Fiona McCann

    Mendelssohn – Hebrides Overture.

    Beethoven – Piano Concerto No 2.

    John Tavener – The Protecting Veil.

    Sophie Cashell, the young Irish pianist who won last year’s BBC2 Classical Star contest, joined the Orchestra of St Cecilia at the National Concert Hall for Beethoven’s Piano Concerto in B flat (the second to be published, but the first to be written). She played with youthful brio and seemed particularly at home in the effervescence of the finale. (more…)

  • Reviews: Ó Lionáird, Crash Ensemble – Imma, Dublin

    November 17, 2008 @ 10:47 am | by Fiona McCann

    Gavin Bryars — Anáil Dé.

    Sean-nós singer Iarla Ó Lionáird was the supporting act at the first appearance of the Gavin Bryars Ensemble in Ireland in 2004. That encounter sowed the seeds of Bryars’s new Anáil Dé (The Breath of God), settings of Irish spiritual texts for voice and an ensemble made up of two violas, cello, electric guitar and double bass. The new work was premiered at Imma on Friday by Ó Lionáird with members of the Crash Ensemble and the composer himself on double bass. (more…)

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