This “docu-cantata” by Donnacha Dennehy featuring Alarm Will Sound, conductor Alan Pierson, soprano Katherine Manley, and sean nós singer Iarla Ó Lion(...)

The Hunger: Iarla Ó Lionáird and Katherine Manley in Donnacha Dennehy’s opera. Photograph: Jack Vartoogian

THE HUNGER Abbey Theatre, Dublin ★★☆☆☆ It was the composer Donnacha Dennehy’s discovery of Annals of the Famine in Ireland, a first-hand report by th(...)

Sean-nós singer Iarla Ó Lionáird at  rehearsal: “I’m sort of the everyman.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The sean-nós singer Iarla Ó Lionáird is digging a grave on a special earth-filled platform in Wesley House off Dublin’s Leeson Street. Standing near h(...)

Malcolm Proud will give an organ recital at St Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny, on Saturday, August 17th.

Saturday August 17  Kilkenny Arts Festival kilkennyarts.ie There are two appealing concerts in the closing days of Kilkenny Arts Festival. Satur(...)

The Last Hotel: Claudia Boyle as  the elegant Irish woman

The Last Hotel Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh **** It seems like an innocuous question, asked by a chatty Irish woman of a hesitant English couple w(...)

Claudia Boyle  who stars in The Last Hotel by Donnacha Dennehy

Opera plots tend to revolve around love and sex, power and death. The story of Donnacha Dennehy’s new opera, The Last Hotel, ticks at least one of (...)