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Irish composer: Jennifer Walshe. Photograph: Blackie Bouffant

“It was a Jennifer Walshe sandwich.” The cellist Adrian Mantu was speaking to the audience, introducing the Irish composer’s Minard/Nithsdale and desc(...)

Louise Walsh and Derek Maher with their sons, Thomas and Matthew. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan

When Waterford-born Louise Walsh looks out of her sun-room to see the early morning sun rise every day, the Dublin-based mother of two no longer turns(...)

Ruba Shamshoum, part of the new generation of women artists emerging from Newpark (now DCU) jazz programme

Saturday, November 25 BAN BAM The Complex, Dublin; 4pm, €25 (full-day ticket)/€20 (performances only); improvisedmusic.ie It’s probably going to tak(...)

Oscar Ghiglia: ‘When I play, it is as if I were teaching, in a way, and vice versa’

I meet Oscar Ghiglia at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he is due to give a masterclass. He turns up 45 minutes late, an amiable, garrulou(...)

Palestinian singer Ruba Shamshoum is at the Hotter Than July festival in Smithfield, Dublin

Sunday July 30th Hotter Than July Smithfield, Dublin, from 3pm, Adm free improvisedmusic.ie Now in its fourth year, Hotter Than July is Dublin’s eq(...)

Dublin vocalist Aoife Doyle’s debut release was a typical jazz singer’s album: a collection of other people’s tunes, delivered with all the craft and (...)

Selected highlights chosen by Michael Dervan, Jim Carroll, Tony Clayton-Lea, Siobhán Long, Aidan Dunne, Peter Crawley and Cormac Larkin GOOD FRIDAY (...)

Thea Byrne, aged 10, during music class at Scoil Mhuire gan Smál in Carlow, where pupils have been learning how to sing, play tuned percussion, violin and the cello since it partnered with Music Generation. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

On Thursday, Taoiseach Enda Kenny unveiled a Government initiative aiming to give every Irish child access to musical education within five years. S(...)

Children taking part in a Music Generation event earlier this year. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Young people don’t have to be the next Mozart to gain benefits from music education. They don’t have to spend all day working on their musical theory (...)

Starting with a blank sheet: David Power, uilleann pipes and whistles;  Maeve Gilchrist, harp; Colin Dunne, dance; Tola Custy, fiddle

Early birds might already know this: the sun rises in Dunsink Observatory some 25 minutes and 21 seconds (precisely) after it peeps over the horizon (...)

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