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There was always something a little different about Saint Sister. When the Northern Irish duo first arrived on the scene in 2014, it wasn’t just Gemma(...)

Mezzo-soprano Gemma Ní Bhriain: the first of three recitals in the Dublin Song Series

The human voice is everywhere in the world of music. Whole traditions and genres depend on it. Without it there would be no love songs, no choirs, no (...)

The Gloaming: The Gloaming: “women in our musical world need more access, more support, and more respect”

The National Concert Hall is a sacred space in the history of The Gloaming. Not many acts can claim to have played their first gig on Earlsfort Terrac(...)

Following an extended hiatus, the second album from New York-based duo HDLSS (that’s Headless with the vowels gone Awol) is a sumptuously detailed whi(...)

You may not recognise the name, but Chris Merrick Hughes’s back catalogue precedes him. A member of Adam & The Ants before co-writing Tears For Fe(...)

English pianist Julius Drake: expressive vehemence

Francis Humphrys, director of the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, has chalked another piece of music off his bucket list. Sunday night saw the festi(...)

Crash Ensemble, who performed as part of the Drogheda Arts Festival.

Lists of the year’s best this or that, or of people’s favourite reading or listening, are obviously entertaining. But they are altogether more of a ch(...)

Gerald Barry: His “treatment somehow intensifies, if that is imaginable, the topsy-turviness of Lewis Carroll’s imagination”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Musical taste is as complex and confounding as the rules of attraction. You can argue about it, but taste is one of those things that people don’t hav(...)

Laura Jurd with her band Dinosaur

The first record in your collection is not generally something you feel inclined to advertise. It was probably some long-forgotten adolescent pop, the(...)

In ‘Müntzers Stern’ by German composer Jakob Ullmann (above), the words of the text can be heard, but at a volume so low they cannot be readily deciphered

Ten years ago I interviewed the Paris-based American composer Tom Johnson before a concert he gave in one of Siobhán Cleary’s Ireland Promoting New M(...)

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