American author Suzanne Strempek Shea (l) with Mags Riordan, the subject of her new book, and Leo Moran of The Saw Doctors. Strempek Shea will be reading at this year’s Clifden Arts Festival. Photograph: Suzanne Strempek Shea

A tribute to composer Seán Ó Riada by musicians Micheál Ó Suilleabháin and Mel Mercier and Druid Theatre’s latest Tom Murphy productions are among hig(...)

The end of the summer signals the start of the property season and estate agent DNG is kicking off with an auction on September 24th when it puts 1(...)

Bill Whelan and flautist James Galway on stage at University Concert Hall, Limerick for one of two concerts celebrating Whelan. Photograph: Alan Place/Fusionshooters

** Bill Whelan – An Chistín; Riverdance Symphonic Suite; Linen and Lace; Inishlacken.   In the 1980s, Limerick-man Bill Whelan was(...)

Sorcha Pollak, second from left, rehearses with Maria Buffini, Pádraic Moyles and Siobhán Manson. Photograph: Alan Betson 2:58

Sweating and cursing, I slump to the floor and stare longingly at my handbag, which I know contains a bottle of ice-cold water and a bar of chocola(...)

A troupe of Riverdancers in action. Photograph: Jack Hartin/Riverdance/PA Wire 8:10

Twenty years ago today, in the course of a seemingly ordinary Eurovision Song Contest, a troupe of Irish dancers flashed across the stage of what was (...)

Fernhurst, on Orwell Park, is a very fine Victorian detached house with intricate exterior brick and sandstone detailing. A landmark Monterey p(...)

‘Engaging and sometimes crusty’: Harrison Birtwistle, who gave a public interview at the New Music Dublin festival. Photograph: Getty

In the world of classical music, contemporary music has a bad name. The undesirable reputation attaches itself to new music, too, just as it did in(...)

The  aim of the €6 million Limerick City of Culture project is to “permanently increase the engagement of citizens with arts and culture”, Minister for Arts Jimmy Deenihan told the Dáil last month.

The Government’s inaugural city of culture initiative is no stranger to controversy and confirmation yesterday that three key organisers have jumped s(...)

Fidget Feet at the launch Limerick National City of Culture 2014. Photograph: Sean Curtin

‘Urban, edgy and contemporary” are the aims of the €6 million programme for Limerick’s reign as the first national City of Culture.The year-long progr(...)

Sounds Irish: The Dubliners in 1966. Photograph: Brian Shuel/Redferns/Getty
An A-Z of music in Ireland
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  • October 19, 2013, 01:00

Air The air, or slow air, is a piece of traditional music that is generally not set in a given time signature and is without a regular sense of metre.(...)