Latest Listings

Debut single from Edwina van Kuyk
30 October EVK Music
Mules & Men - "Roscommon County Line"
9 October Self Release
Sundays@Noon Online : Svetlana Rudenko piano, Ronan Guilfoyle bass, Michael Buckley saxophone
25 October Hugh Lane Gallery YouTube/facebook @thehughlane
RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Live – Falla, Granados, Chapí
23 October RTÉ Lyric FM / RTÉ Culture


Digital Concert Planner: 19–25 October 2020
This week's digital concerts from Monday to Sunday. To have your concert included next week (26 October–1 November), please add it to our listings.
New Releases of the Week (16 October 2020)
A round-up of recent releases, including Anna Mullarkey, Indistinct Chatter, Caoilian Sherlock, Inhaler, Emét, Erica Cody and Cli Donnellan. To submit your music for inclusion,...
Government Allocates €8m for Transfer of National Symphony Orchestra from RTÉ
'We will now do all we can to support a smooth and successful transition' – Dee Forbes, Director-General of RTÉ

News – UK

New UK and Irish Folk Albums Chart to Be Launched
First chart to be announced at a live-streamed event from the HOME arts venue in Manchester this Saturday 17 October at 8pm.
New £1,000 Prize Launched for Young Classical Music Critics
Open to anyone living in the UK aged between 16 to 25; deadline for submissions is 2 February 2021.
Wigmore Hall Seeking 12 Composers for 'Lockdown Commission'
New scheme is open to composers in the UK and internationally.


Every Second Feels Real
After emerging onto the scene in 2017, releasing two EPs and performing at many of Ireland's festivals, pop-grunge four-piece Pillow Queens released their debut album last month. Jake Tiernan reviews.
There's Strength in Song
Limerick singer-songwriter Emma Langford's second album 'Sowing Acorns', released last month, is a blend of folk-inspired songwriting and upbeat pop. Shannon McNamee reviews.
Love of the Living Sounds
Composer Karen Power's new album 'human nature' combines recordings of the living world with improvisations from musicians such as Michelle O'Rourke and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh. James Camien McGuiggan reviews.


Leo Rowsome: A Man Ahead of His Time
Helena Grimes
On the fiftieth anniversary of the passing of the great uilleann piper Leo Rowsome (1903–1970), his daughter Helena Grimes reflects on his legacy and remembers her musical childhood in Dublin.
How Can the Arts Plan in This Uncertainty?
The new Covid restrictions regarding indoor and outdoor gatherings have caused even more disruption in music and the arts, just as we thought things might be improving. Is it possible to have confidence about organising an event in this environment, and if not, what needs to be done, asks Shannon McNamee.
John Hume and the Artists That Make Us Think
John Hume's views on the role of artists in a conflict are worth considering today, writes Toner Quinn.
Musicians and Identity – Why There Was Such a Strong Reaction to Minister Heather Humphreys' Comments
The response from musicians to comments last week by Minister Heather Humphreys about reskilling and retraining was visceral, although her words were not directed towards them. Colm Kelly explores why.

From the Archive

Musicians and Conductors Speak Out on RTÉ Orchestral Review
Growing concern from music community over implications for musical life if orchestras diminished –  we speak to conductors Fergus Sheil and Sinéad Hayes, composer and pianist...
Nov 23, 2017
Turn it Up: John Kelly
Toner Quinn
For over a decade, John Kelly has been broadcasting his own distinct mix of music on national radio, first with the BBC, then Eclectic Ballroom on Radio Ireland (now Today FM) and...
Nov 1, 2008
Stevie Lennox
In the third review from our 2018 Northern Ireland Music Writer Mentoring Scheme – supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland – Stevie Lennox writes about This is the Kit...
Aug 23, 2018

Latest Reader Reviews

Hilary Woods - Birthmarks
13 March Sacred Bones Records
Joshua Burnside – Into the Depths of Hell
4 September Independent
Conal Ó Gráda – The Top of Coom
1 June Claddagh Records
Christy Moore – Prosperous (Remastered 2020)
29 August Tara Music
Víkingur Ólafsson – Johann Sebastian Bach
7 September Deutsche Grammophon



Listen Back: The Silencing of An Spidéal – Discussions on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta and TG4
Journal of Music article on the decline of music in An Spidéal discussed on 'Adhmhaidin', 'Iris Aniar' and 'Nuacht TG4'.

Latest Events

Sundays@Noon Online : Svetlana Rudenko piano, Ronan Guilfoyle bass, Michael Buckley saxophone
25 October Hugh Lane Gallery YouTube/facebook @thehughlane
RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Live – Falla, Granados, Chapí
23 October RTÉ Lyric FM / RTÉ Culture
Katharina Konradi soprano; Joseph Middleton piano
25 October Wigmore Hall Online
Jennifer Pike violin; Martin Roscoe piano
24 October Wigmore Hall Online

Latest Jobs and Opportunities

Apply to Play at Sound City 2021
Call for Submissions
15 January Sound City
Musicians Call Out
Call for Submissions
23 October Sofft Productions
Executive Director
9 November The Abbey Theatre
Artistic Director
9 November The Abbey Theatre
Musician Educators
4 November Music Generation Kilkenny

Upcoming Events

Irish Chamber Orchestra -  SCHUBERT &  SCHUBERT DVOŘÁK
22 October University Concert Hall, Limerick
John O'Conor
26 October Online (no physical location)
Ulster Orchestra Chamber Ensembles
27 October Online (no physical location)
Feeling Good with Karen Underwood and John O’Brien
30 October The Everyman, Cork
Halloween Drive-in Movies
31 October Red Cow Moran Hotel
Caca Milis Samhain Cabaret
Musical Theatre
31 October Wexford Arts Centre

Upcoming Deadlines

Resonance Residencies
Call for Submissions
19 October Opera North
Marketing and Relationships Manager
19 October Dublin City Council Culture Company
FUEL Residency Programme
Call for Submissions
20 October Druid Theatre
Digital Communications Officer
21 October National Youth Arts Wales
International Chamber Music Competition
21 October Franz Schubert and Modern Music
Digital Manager
21 October Dublin City Council Culture Company
Chief Executive Officer
23 October University of Atypical
Head of Membership
23 October The Musicians Union
Musicians Call Out
Call for Submissions
23 October Sofft Productions


Arts and Disability Connect 19 October The Arts Council
Strategic Funding 22 October The Arts Council
Arts Centre Funding 22 October The Arts Council
Writers in Schools Scheme 23 October The Arts Council
Bursary for Young Irish Singers 24 October Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition