Sheila O’Sullivan, who works with the Irish Heart Foundation and trains primary-school teachers in PE teaching. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Like many parents, Naomi del Pozo worries about how her two children are going to get the minimum hour’s physical exercise they need every day, now th(...)

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(...)

When you’ve forged such a great reputation on the back of your live performances, it makes sense to try to capture that elusive zeitgeist in f(...)

Live pub recordings sometimes yield a mixed bag that can run the gamut from high-octane energy to raucous and ragged come-all-ye’s. The Burren Back(...)

The riches afforded by this textured tune selection (along with a skein of thoughtfully composed sleeve notes) is a reminder of the benefits of the(...)

Liz Carroll: On the Off Beat
  • Music
  • November 15, 2013, 00:00

What’s in a name? More than you might imagine, as Liz Carroll gamely illustrates with this magnificent collection of original, self-composed tunes.(...)

A Sligo Live trad session in McHughs. Photograph: Declan Courell

Traditional music is showing a remarkable resistance to the recession. Albums are tumbling from mixing desks, live (though largely unpaid) sessions ar(...)

Brilliant: The Green Fields of America

In Drogheda tonight there is an event that is both delightful and deeply puzzling. Mick Moloney’s brilliant group The Green Fields of America will pla(...)

Niamh Ní Charra: Cuz

The riches to be mined from the music of Sliabh Luachra are inexhaustible, and Niamh Ní Charra’s beautifully rough- hewn collection celebrates (...)