George Enescu could play whole operas from memory and almost everything by Bach

Memory is suddenly in the air. Last Thursday in The Irish Times Siobhán Long discussed the Clare Memory Orchestra with its founder, composer and gu(...)

Composer Dave Flynn. Photograph: John O’Neill

The cross-fertilisation of musical forms is nothing new. Just ask Bach, Dave Brubeck, Chris Thile or Seán Ó Riada. Baroque music has influenced jaz(...)

Between now and September, a weekend will not pass without a festival or big music show of some stripe or other to tempt you with its wares. The bi(...)

Deep Fried Fingers? Dirty Flamin’ Funk? Dublin Fandango Federation? You really want to know the answer? Well, to paraphrase a well-known quote (...)

Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

A quiet, slow day in Feakle. Few are about in the late-summer noontime lull in this part of east Co Clare. Martin Hayes is waiting patiently outside P(...)