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Kate Ellis: Sraith is a lonely and absorbing meditation for cello and electronics where  Ellis  in effect duets with herself, partnered by the notes she has already played and which then are manipulated by a sound engineer

“Just beyond the confines of Western tuning” is how composer Barry O’Halpin (b. 1987) neatly describes one aspect of his piece grave goods for solo el(...)

Wu Wei played at New Music Dublin 2018: Defrosted at the weekend.

You just can’t envy John Harris, the director of the New Music Dublin festival. At the beginning of March the so-called Beast from the East and Storm (...)

Jonathan Pearson: “I prefer to spend money on things I like doing, rather than saving for a rainy day.”

Are you a saver or a spender? This is a complex one. I do put a small amount away each month but also take out a small amount when needs be. I’ll asha(...)

Bryce and Aaron Dessner performs at The Everyman in Cork, Ireland, 2017. Photograph: Kieran Frost/Redferns

Aaron and Bryce Dessner could certainly be said to be living the dream. As twin brothers and band members of the popular Cincinnati rock band The Nati(...)

J Colleran: “I wanted it to sound like the American artist James Turrell, with different colours and spaces that aren’t real.” Photograph: Philip White 

Jack Colleran is a world builder. He likes to build them up and knock them down. That means abandoning the artist name that gave him a career in music(...)

A Night of Musical Stories: Katie Kim and Radie Peat of Lankum are teaming up for a new project for the MusicTown festival in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Have you heard the one about the traditional folk artist and the ambient pop musician? They met several years ago, became fast friends and are now bri(...)

The Humours of Bandon

At the Imagining Ireland concert at the Barbican earlier this month, Paul Noonan of BellX1 described the multifaceted gig as “a photograph of some of (...)

‘140 musicians from 80 bands  drifting in and out of seven rooms to play, alongside the audience in an old radio and recording centre’

When I last spoke to Mary Hickson about Sounds From A Safe Harbour, the first edition of the festival hadn’t yet taken place and Hickson was in her la(...)

Jonathan Pearson: “You need to be the problem-solver, the agony aunt,  but you also need to be the person to say ‘let’s do something fun’.”

Two large caravan batteries and 150 metres of cable are among the things you may find if you get into a vehicle that Cork man Jonathan Pearson is driv(...)

The bunting is out for the Clonmel Junction Festival.

It’s been performed in London and Dublin and hailed as a work of terrible beauty but now choreographer Michael Keegan-Dolan’s reworking of Swan Lake (...)

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