Ómós: Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin

Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin – musician, composer, academic and artist – died recently after a long illness. Like many musicians before him, he has left a wonderful catalogue of audio and video recordings of his inspired performances of both traditional airs and new compositions. But, uniquely his legacy includes the realisation of his panoramic cultural vision in the form of the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance on the campus of the University of Limerick.

Ómós: Alec Finn

Alec Finn, one of the twin pillars at the heart of the acclaimed traditional group, De Danann, died in November at the age of 74. A multi-instrumentalist who was best known for his prowess on the bouzouki, Alec made a significant contribution to the development of traditional music.

Ómós: Tommy Peoples

The master fiddle-player, Tommy Peoples, died prematurely in August at the age of 69. One of the most influential artists in his field as well as a prolific composer of music in the traditional style, Quiet-spoken and modest, Tommy’s genuine humility belied a prodigious talent.

Drogheda delivers

This year’s Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann will live long in the memory. The sumptuous programme of events involving the cream of Irish traditional music and song resulted in some impossible choices between rival attractions.

Lomax in Éirinn

One of the first things that strikes you about Declan McGrath’s beautifully constructed film about the song collector, Alan Lomax, and his pivotal journey around Ireland is the amazing quality of the soundtrack.