Bela Bartok

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Galway ConTempo Quartet: ‘For me, the pinnacle of the RTÉ residency was that we got the chance to do the Beethoven cycle and the Béla Bartók cycle around the country’

The four members of the Galway ConTempo Quartet, who relocated from Romania to the west of Ireland to become the Galway Music Residency’s ensemble-in-(...)

Banjo’s golden couple, Abigail Washburn and Béla Fleck. Their first album together was an instant hit and won them a Grammy for best folk album in 2016. But they admit that, at first, working together on new material was a struggle

The banjo has to be the “Marmite” of musical instruments. For the haters, this odd-looking cross between a drum and guitar is an object of ridicule, a(...)

Paddy Fahey: Modesty prevented   him from going into a studio as he didn’t want to appear “swell-headed” to his neighbours.

Born: August 1916 Died: May 31st, 2019 Irish traditional music lost one of its finest composers and players in the passing of Paddy Fahey at the ag(...)

Colin Currie: ‘You’re either on the note or you’re off.’

“Depending on how you cut it,” Colin Currie says wittily, “percussion is one of the newest old instruments or the oldest new instrument in classical m(...)

Il Bravo: nominated for best opera and best costumes. Photograph: Clive Barda/ArenaPal

A stunning, shape-shifting lament with a bravura star performance. A room-spinning take on an unstaged Samuel Beckett novel. A vivid mingling of forgo(...)

Jazz bassist and composer, Ronan Guilfoyle

For a jazz composer, Ronan Guilfoyle had a better start than most. At a time when rock’n’roll was sweeping all before it, the Guilfoyle house in leafy(...)

Pianist Louis Schwizgebel. Photograph: Marco Borggreve

TUESDAY 2 The Tales of Hoffmann Town Hall Theatre, Galway €30/€27 irishnationalopera.ie; also Letterkenny, Thurs; Sligo Sat Soprano Claudia Boyle and(...)

Yurodny produce a rich synthesis of wildly celebratory music and epic songs of loss and longing

At a time when broad swathes of the world are focusing ever inward, music has a funny way of coaxing our gaze outward again. Yurodny embody that outwa(...)

Deirdre Gribbin’s new piece was commissioned for the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, in which her great-uncle fought

The West Cork Chamber Music Festival opened on Friday with a new work by Deirdre Gribbin, commissioned for the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. (...)

HHHDanish label ILK, founded by musicians from the fertile Copenhagen scene in 2003, has been defiantly modernist in its output; those with a taste fo(...)