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Friends and guests gathered to perform with Andy at Vicar Street in 2012, now on CD and DVD

Andy Irvine 70th Birthday Concert Vicar St DVD/CD

A recently-released DVD and CD capture the electric atmosphere at Andy Irvine's 70th birthday nights at Vicar Street in 2012.

  • You will not doubt The North Sea's conviction and ambition

    The North Sea - Anniversary

    Dublin band The North Sea deliver a hugely Impressive debut bristling with passion and rapture

  • Joe Locke: Effervescent spirit

    Joe Locke Love is a Pendulum

    There is no sense of a musician resting on his laurels in this busily adventurous and, yes, vibrant, album from the American veteran of the vibes, who once incidentally collaborated with the Beastie Boys.

  • Elina Duni's Dallëndyshe: an intriguing marriage of modern, piano-led jazz with passionate Albanian folk song.

    Elina Duni Quartet Dallëndyshe

    An Albanian singer who was raised in Switzerland, Elina Duni teamed up over a decade ago with pianist Colin Vallon during music studies at the Hochschule der Kunste in Berne. Her second LP for ECM applies an open-ended jazz sensibility to Albanian song.

  • Fresu and di Bonaventura: gentle grace and subtlety, and an existentialist looking inward.

    Paolo Fresu/Daniela di Bonaventura In Maggiore

    Take the stark, often wistful trumpet and flugelhorn skills of Paolo Fresu and marry them with the chromatic, orchestral qualities of di Bonaventura's bandoneon. That's what you get on this no fuss, gently insinuating project.

  • There's nothing on concept caper Drones that 2009's The Resistance and 2012's The 2nd Law didn't do better

    Muse - Drones

    There's nothing on concept caper Drones that 2009's The Resistance and 2012's The 2nd Law didn't do better.

  • Master of the double bass: Ron Carter on the first album of his tunes recorded with a big band

    Ron Carter, WDR Big Band My Personal Songbook

    Ron Carter (born 1937) is a legend of the double bass and his collaboration with this Cologne-based Big Band is a richly-varied affair, with some notable solo work among the lush arrangements.

  • Wistful, playful, haunting - Songs of Thessaloniki

    Savina Yannatou Songs of Thessaloniki

    Listeners will be surprised to hear Salonika - the immortal Irish ballad popularised by Cork balladeer Jimmy Crowley - nestling among this eclectic collection which draws on the rich traditions of the Greek city of Thessaloniki.

  • Companionable and curiously open to the listener - Ken Peplowski and Alan Barnes

    Ken Peplowski & Alan Barnes At the Watermill

    There is something warmly intimate about this record, bright as a button, with pep in its step, as two acclaimed jazz veterans interact with a kind of restrained joy.

  • Runs rings around the competition

    Paul Weller - Saturns Pattern

    This 12th solo outing from the Saturnine elder statesman of the post-punk wars runs rings abound the competition

  • A celebration of Chic-like good times

    Snoop Dogg - Bush

    Snoop forgoes the sound that made him famous on this laid back thirteenth solo outing

  • Giovanni Guidi: inspired improvisation from a poet of the piano keys

    Giovanni Guidi Trio This is the Day

    There is a sense of oceanic presence about the best of the pieces on Giovanni Guidi Trio's second album for the ECM label.

  • The UK-based Velocity Trio: experimental daring.

    Dennis Rollins' Velocity Trio Symbiosis

    UK trombone veteran Dennis Rollins cooks up some funk-tinged, bluesy jazz and more moody chamber tunes on this second album from Velocity Trio, which also includes a lively take on Pink Floyd's Money.

  • Cocky synth pop bravado riddled with self-doubt

    The Wombats - Glitterbug

    The Wombats go from indie landfill to hyperventilating synth overkill on this tiresome and tawdry third album

  • Sound & Color is the sound of a band on a questing mission

    Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color

    The surprise break-out band of 2012 ditch the soul, blues, gospel gumbo for a more adventurous follow-up