Music

Friday 13th January

Album reviews

Rachel Breslin and Simon Maher review “I See You” by The xx, “Oczy Mlody” by The Flaming Lips and “Rennen” by Sohn

Essay: Ed Sheeran, the ordinary becomes extraordinary

Alan Corr with an essay about how he admires artists like Ed Sheeran who make the ordinary into something extraordinary 

Wednesday 11th January

Ireland's showband years

Ronan Collins chats about the enduring popularity of the music from Ireland’s showband era

Tuesday 10th January

Child prodigies celebrated at Music for Galway Midwinter Festival

Finghin Collins, Artistic Director of the Music for Galway Midwinter Festival explains why ‘Prodigy’ is the theme of this year’s festival (i.e.  child musical prodigy) Full details:  www.musicforgalway.ie/midwinter-festival

Essay: "The Joshua Tree" by U2

Daragh Downes with an essay about his ongoing appreciation for U2 as they announce they will be touring their 30-year old album “The Joshua Tree”

The KLF to re-form?

Music journalist Siobhán Kane with a history of the band KLF as rumours abound that they are re-forming later this year

Monday 9th January

Review: "75 Years of Capitol Records"

Jim Carroll reviews the book “75 Years of Capitol Records” (published by Taschen)

Friday 6th January

Album reviews

Lauren Murphy and Eamon Sweeney review “11 Short Stories of Pain and Glory” from Dropkick Murphys, “Reflection” ambient album from Brian Eno and “Sleep No More” from Jack Savoretti

Thursday 5th January

Dermot & Flo at Temple Bar Tradfest

Dermot Byrne (button accordion) and Floriane Blancke (French harp) perform live and chat about their musical collaboration and performing at Temple Bar Tradfest at the end of this month Further ...

'David Bowie: Critical Perspectives', edited by Eoin Devereux, Aileen Dillane and Martin Power

Eoin Devereux, co-editor of a collection of essays about the career of David Bowie - “David Bowie: Critical Perspectives” will be launched next week at the David Bowie Festival in ...

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