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‘We’re rare birds’: Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi

The ties that bind, and the bridges that unite us. These recurring themes  form the basis of the musical alchemy that Rhiannon Giddens (...)

‘Wexford Festival Opera has long traded on its political nous and influence in the corridors of power.’

Silence is golden. But not when you’re an Arts Council client waiting to hear about your annual grant.  Each year the council hears about its ow(...)

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); 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 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(...)

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