Through its intriguing and innovative arrangements and sequencing of its component parts, Michael Walsh’s first solo album, Quarehawk, has such a strong narrative arc it could easily be the soundtrack to a biopic.
Brian (J.B.) Vallely could be genuinely said to be a Renaissance man – since the founder of the Armagh Pipers Club is, of course, also one of Ireland’s foremost painters and a stalwart of the Armagh Athletics Club.
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.
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.