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The Journal of Music Podcast
The Journal of Music
Weekly interview-based podcast brought to you by the Journal of Music. Presented by editor Toner Quinn.
May 22, 2020
How Should the State Respond to the Covid-19 Arts Crisis?
As in many sectors of the economy, artists and everyone who works in music and the arts are facing an extraordinary challenge. What needs to be done? How much will it cost? And how will the government respond? We begin with some extracts from a debate on the arts that took place in Dáil Éireann, the Irish parliament, last Thursday 14 May, and editor Toner Quinn then speaks to Louise Donlon, director of the Lime Tree Theatre in Limerick and a former member of the Arts Council, and musician and independent consultant Dermot McLaughlin. Listen on Soundcloud (https://bit.ly/3eaAVwI) or on Apple Podcasts (https://apple.co/2zcgocz), Spotify (https://spoti.fi/3cWgWlc) or Google Podcasts (https://bit.ly/2WWhYZ8) . Recent podcasts included interviews with music video and film-maker Myles O'Reilly, Dervish singer Cathy Jordan and fiddle-player Kevin Burke. Browse all of our recent podcasts here: https://journalofmusic.com/podcasts To support the Journal of Music, visit www.journalofmusic.com/support
May 6, 2020
Irish Music Through the Lens – An Interview with Myles O'Reilly
For the past decade, film-maker Myles O’Reilly has been documententing the Irish indie and folk music scenes, creating videos with Lisa Hannigan, Martin Hayes, Ye Vagabonds, Lisa O’Neill, Radie Peat from Lankum and more, and he also filmed the Christmas Eve busk on Grafton street with Glen Hansard, Bono and Sinead O’Connor. Myles is a musician himself and toured and recorded under the name Juno Falls for many years before he turned to film making. For this podcast, editor Toner Quinn spoke to Myles about his own background in music, his first videos with Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Rónán Ó Snodaigh, the video ‘Knots’ with Lisa Hannigan, working with Ye Vagabonds, Glen Handsard, Radie Peat and Peter Broderick, his work with Dónal Dineen on the series This Ain’t No Disco, and his new documentary on singer Liam Weldon. For more on Myles’ work, visit https://arbutusyarns.net/ The Journal of Music podcast is issued on Wednesdays. Listen below on Soundcloud or on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Podcasts. Recent topics include ‘COVID-19: Artists Around the World’ (including contributions from Jennifer Walshe, Simon Jermyn, Anna Murray and Martin Hayes) and interviews with singer Cathy Jordan and fiddle-player Kevin Burke. Browse all of our recent podcasts here. To support the Journal of Music, visit www.journalofmusic.com/support
Apr 29, 2020
Podcast: 'Folk music... can't be underestimated as a source of huge inspiration': An Interview with Cathy Jordan of Dervish
The traditional Irish group Dervish recently celebrated thirty years together and received a BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Lifetime Achievement Award. Their most recent album is the Great Irish Songbook which features artists such as David Gray, the actor Brendan Gleeson, Andrea Corr and Rhiannon Giddens. For this Journal of Music podcast, editor Toner Quinn spoke to singer Cathy Jordan about the early days of the group, the band’s recordings over the years including At the End of the Day and Travelling Show, the experience of performing at the Eurovision Song Contest and the impact that had on the band, the new album, writing her own songs and the importance of folk music. For more on Dervish, visit www.dervish.ie. To support the Journal of Music, visit www.journalofmusic.com/support The Journal of Music podcast is issued every Wednesday. Listen on Soundcloud or on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Podcasts. Recent topics include ‘COVID-19: Artists Around the World’ (including contributions from Jennifer Walshe, Simon Jermyn, Anna Murray and Martin Hayes) and interviews include fiddle-player Kevin Burke and singer Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh. Browse all of our recent podcasts here.
Apr 15, 2020
Podcast: From the Bothy Band to the Celtic Fiddle Festival – An Interview with Fiddle-player Kevin Burke
Through his work with traditional music groups such as the Bothy Band, Patrick Street, Open House and Celtic Fiddle Festival, his duo albums with the late singer and guitarist Mícheál Ó Domhnaill, and the solo albums If the Cap Fits, Up Close and In Concert, Kevin Burke has had a major influence on modern Irish fiddle-playing. In this podcast interview below, editor Toner Quinn talks to Kevin about learning music in South London, moving to Ireland in the 1970s to play with Christy Moore, joining the Bothy Band, his work with Ó Domhnaill, Patrick Street and the Celtic Fiddle Festival, and his thoughts on teaching Irish traditional fiddle. For more on Kevin Burke, his new tune book The Solo Albums and his most recent album Sligo Made, visit www.kevinburke.com. The Journal of Music podcast is issued every Wednesday. Listen below on Soundcloud or on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Podcasts. Recent topics include ‘COVID-19: Artists Around the World’ (including contributions from Jennifer Walshe, Simon Jermyn, Anna Murray and Martin Hayes), ‘COVID-19: The Impact on Festivals’, ‘COVID-19: What Now for Music and the Arts?’, and ‘The Next Twenty Years of New Music in Ireland: What Do We Need to Do?’ and interviews have featured Bothy Band piper Paddy Keenan, singer Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, singer Daoirí Farrell, harper Laoise Kelly, author of Cowboys and Indies – The Epic History of the Record Industry Gareth Murphy, and creator of Other Voices Philip King. Browse all of our recent podcasts here.
Apr 8, 2020
COVID-19: Artists Around the World
In this week’s podcast, editor Toner Quinn speaks to four Irish artists who are abroad during the COVID-19 crisis and finds out what impact the pandemic is having where they are. The contributors are composer Jennifer Walshe in London, bass guitarist Simon Jermyn in New York, composer Anna Murray in Tokyo and fiddle-player Martin Hayes in Asturias, Spain. The Journal of Music podcast is issued every Wednesday. Listen on Soundcloud or on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. Recent topics include ‘COVID-19: The Impact on Festivals’ and ‘COVID-19: What Now for Music and the Arts?’ and interviews have featured Bothy Band piper Paddy Keenan, singer Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, singer Daoirí Farrell and harper Laoise Kelly. Browse all of our recent podcasts here.
Apr 1, 2020
COVID-19 – The Impact on Festivals
In this week’s podcast, editor Toner Quinn speaks to four people who run music festivals in Ireland but who have had to cancel or postpone the event because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The contributors are Louise Tangney from Vantastival, Anna Lardi Fogarty from Music for Galway and Cellissimo, Elaine Fitzgerald from the Cork International Choral Festival and Declan McCarthy from Fiddle Fair. The Journal of Music podcast is issued every Wednesday. Listen on Soundcloud or on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. Recent topics include ‘COVID-19: What Now for Music and the Arts?’ which included contributions from fiddle-player and composer Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Angela Dorgan of First Music Contact and Ireland Music Week, Gerry Keenan of the Irish Chamber Orchestra and clarinettist Deirdre O’Leary of Crash Ensemble. Recent interview guests include singer Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, singer Daoirí Farrell and harper Laoise Kelly. Browse all our recent podcasts here.
Mar 25, 2020
COVID-19 – What Now for Music and the Arts?
In this week’s podcast, editor Toner Quinn speaks to four people in music whose work has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and we ask, with so many concerts and festivals cancelled, what now for music and the arts? The contributors are fiddle-player, composer and Frames band member Colm Mac Con Iomaire; Angela Dorgan, CEO of First Music Contact and Ireland Music Week; Gerry Keenan, CEO of the Irish Chamber Orchestra; and Crash Ensemble clarinettist Deirdre O’Leary. The Journal of Music podcast is issued every Wednesday. Listen on Soundcloud or on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. Recent guests include Bothy Band piper Paddy Keenan, harper Laoise Kelly, author Gareth Murphy and singer Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh. Browse all our recent podcasts here.
Mar 18, 2020
‘New Music in Irish… Means the Language is Alive’: An Interview with Singer Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh
Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh is an artist with a unique voice. For thirteen years she sang with the Irish traditional music group Danú, touring the world, winning two BBC Folk Awards and being awarded the TG4 Gradam Ceoil singer of the year. She has since developed her work as a soloist, releasing albums such as the song collection Foxglove and Fuschia and Aeons, an album of electronica, as well as winning an RTÉ Folk Award in 2018. Her new recording, Thar Toinn / Seaborne, continues her work of introducing new repertoire in Irish and reimagining traditional songs. Muireann tells Toner about what inspires her work, her musical upbringing, the challenges of touring and performing, and her approach to singing. The Journal of Music podcast is issued every Wednesday. Listen on Soundcloud or on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. Recent guests include Bothy Band piper Paddy Keenan, harper Laoise Kelly and folk singer Daoirí Farrell. Browse all our recent podcasts here. For more on Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, visit www.muireann.ie.
Mar 11, 2020
The Next Twenty Years of New Music in Ireland – What Do We Need to Do?
On Saturday 29 February 2020 as part of the New Music Dublin festival, which was held at the National Concert Hall and nearby venues, the Journal of Music held a panel discussion event marking twenty years of publication. The theme of the discussion was ‘The Next Twenty Years of New Music in Ireland: What Do We Need to Do?’ and featured contributions from composer and guitarist Benjamin Dwyer, flautist Lina Andonovska, composer and harper Úna Monaghan and lecturer in musicology and music critic Adrian Smith. The discussion was chaired by editor Toner Quinn. Listen on Soundcloud, Apple Podcasts or Spotify.
Mar 4, 2020
Finding Your Voice as a Folk Singer: An Interview with Daoirí Farrell
In 2017, a year after the album True Born Irishman was released, Dublin folk singer Daoirí Farrell won two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. It was a remarkable achievement for a singer who only started singing publicly in his mid-twenties. In this podcast interview, Daoirí speaks to editor Toner Quinn about his development as a singer, how he dealt with challenges along the way, and his recent recording A Lifetime of Happiness.
Feb 26, 2020
Why Now is the Time to Start a Record Label – An Interview with Gareth Murphy
Gareth Murphy, author of Cowboys and Indies – The Epic History of the Record Industry, has recently written two major articles for the Journal of Music: ‘2020 – Where is the Money in Today’s Music World?’ and ‘It’s Up to Us: How to Grow Your Record Label in the 2020s’. He says that the music business isn’t just coming back to life right now, it may actually be bigger than before, and so now is the ideal time to start a record label. But starting a label is a risky business and it requires a rare set of skills. Toner Quinn speaks to Gareth about what type of person should consider starting a label and how to avoid the classic pitfalls. The Journal of Music podcast is issued every Wednesday. Listen on Soundcloud or on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. Recent guests include Philip King of Other Voices, Bothy Band piper Paddy Keenan and harper Laoise Kelly. Upcoming guests include traditional singer Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh and opera singers Raphaela Mangan and Amy Ní Fhearraigh…
Feb 19, 2020
From River of Sound to the TG4 Gradam Ceoil – 25 Years of Change in Irish Music: An Interview with Laoise Kelly
For the third episode of the the Journal of Music’s new podcast, editor Toner Quinn interviews the pioneering Irish harper Laoise Kelly, who was recently announced as the recipient of the prestigious TG4 Gradam Ceoil award. When Kelly appeared on the River of Sound television programme in the 1990s playing dance tunes on the harp – as opposed to the traditional repertoire of songs and Carolan tunes – it woke up a new generation to the potential of the instrument. The past couple of decades have seen an extraordinary rise in the number of Irish harpers, and the figures may be at an historic level. Laoise tells Toner about her musical upbringing, about the impact the programme had on her career, and why she wants Ireland to be proud of the harping tradition. This interview took place in the National University of Ireland, Galway. Listen on Soundcloud, Apple Podcasts or Spotify.
Feb 12, 2020
Remembering the Bothy Band: An Interview with Paddy Keenan
For the second episode of the Journal of Music’s new podcast, editor Toner Quinn interviews the legendary uilleann piper Paddy Keenan, an original member of the influential 1970s traditional music group the Bothy Band. Keenan’s solo recordings and his piping with the band have had a profound impact on Irish traditional music over the past five decades, but it has also been a difficult personal journey for the musician. Growing up as a member of the Traveller community, he suffered prejudice which made him almost entirely reject the pipes, even causing him to lose out on an opportunity with the Beatles. Instead, he joined the counter-culture in London in the 1960s, eventually returning to Ireland and becoming a member of the one of the most important Irish music groups of the twentieth century. This interview took place in the National University of Ireland, Galway, following an Arts in Action concert given by Keenan. For more on the Journal of Music, visit https://journalofmusic.…
Feb 4, 2020
What Next for Other Voices? – An Interview with Philip King
For the first episode of the Journal of Music’s new podcast, editor Toner Quinn interviews Philip King, creator of the Other Voices television series, musician and broadcaster. Other Voices has become an extremely popular platform for a new wave of indie artists, both in Ireland and internationally. As well as being a recorded-for-television concert series, it is also a festival that takes place in Dingle every December, and a travelling festival experience, building connections through music from Texas to Berlin and from Cardigan to Belfast. Philip spoke to the Toner about the ideas behind the series, about the role music can play in society, and about his own musical background. Subscribe to the Journal of Music podcast on Apple Podcasts or Spotify or follow us on Soundcloud.
Jan 23, 2020
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