Jack Talty

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Xenia Pestova Bennett introduced Irish listeners to the sounds of the Magnetic Resonator Piano.  Photograph: Paul Hudson

Remember the National Concert Hall’s old Kevin Barry Room? The one which turned Earlsfort Terrace into a destination for experimental and offbeat musi(...)

The 2019 TG4 Gradam Ceoil winners

SUNDAY 17 TG4 Gradam Ceoil 2019 The Waterfront Theatre, Belfast 9pm £26.50/£22.50 waterfront.co.uk Returning to Belfast for the second year in a ro(...)

Surprises lurk around every corner in The Friel Sisters’ second album, Before The Sun. It’s album is packed with tunes rooted in Donegal and Scotland.(...)

For their third album, western genre-busters Ensemble Eriu have, appropriately, drawn inspiration from the later paintings of Jack B Yeats. Like the (...)

Rusangano Family:  a sound and a scene that has energised spaces up and down the land. Photograph: Eric Luke

RUSANGANO FAMILY It is indeed a long, long way from Clare to here. Some of the most exciting music going under the umbrella with its 40 shades of gre(...)

There’s a rich, belly-deep tone underpinning fiddler Aidan Connolly’s debutthat magnetically draws the listener into its ambit. Where fiddle and fiddl(...)

Begley and Talty: “Born into the rich traditions of west Clare and west Kerry, but [they] grew up in the age of sound.”

In Irish mythology, Na Fir Bolg were one of the races that inhabited Ireland before being overthrown by the Tuatha Dé Danann. “Na Fir Bolg” translate(...)

Tony MacMahon: Has struggled with Parkinson’s and with bipolar disorder, and even planned his own assisted suicide.  Photograph: Colm Keating

By rights, this album probably shouldn’t exist at all. Before it was even an idea, there was a major stumbling block in its way: the artist himself. (...)

The renaissance of the concertina continues unabated, bolstered by the release of this thoughtful collection from Ensemble Ériu’s Jack Talty. A self-(...)

Traditional Musician of the Year Máirtín O’Connor

Over the past 17 years, TG4’s annual Gradam Ceoil Awards have made it their business to train a spotlight on a handful of those who have pushed the(...)

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