From: Journal of Music in Ireland [info_at_thejmi_dot_com]
Sent: 14 November 2007 00:19
Subject: JMI shortlisted for Golden Spider / Nov-Dec JMI out now! shortlisted for a Golden Spider award

We are delighted to announce that the new JMI website has been shortlisted for a Golden Spider Award, Ireland's premier internet and digital media awards. Out of over one hundred nominees, is one of six finalists in the "Best News and Digital Media Website" category and the only magazine to be shortlisted.

The site was designed by Simon Doyle and was unveiled in May 2007. The minimalist front-end was dreamed up by Simon O'Connor, Art Director for the print edition and PPAI 'Designer of the Year' in 2006. There are now over 650 articles on Irish musical life online and we continue to add new, creative features as we explore the potential of the website. The JMI Gig Guide, which can be emailed from the website at the touch of a button, is proving to be a terrific resource for those interested in live traditional, jazz, classical and contemporary music.

The Golden Spider winner will be announced at a ceremony on November 22nd. Visit

Visit our Golden Spider shortlisted website at


Small Country, Think Big - Nov-Dec JMI available now!

The November-December issue of the JMI: The Journal of Music in Ireland  is now available by subscription, online and in shops nationwide.

In our lead article, John McLachlan looks at the first ten years of the Crash Ensemble, the maverick contemporary music group spearheaded by composer Donnacha Dennehy. As McLachlan writes, "Their programmes always reflect the messy reality of music today...." and significantly, "They have pushed the contemporary music culture in Ireland in a direction that it simply wasn’t going heretofore". In his editorial, Toner Quinn suggest why the country's size may have helped the Crash Ensemble to thrive: "It allows us to be flexible, to change fast and move quickly, it forces us to confront and adapt to ideas from other musics, and it can, on occasion, mean good ideas travel fast."

Elsewhere, Fintan Vallely argues that there is now an urgent necessity to teach traditional singing. He describes as absurd the notion that singing 'can't be taught' and he points out that the traditional singing community is both dwindling and increasing in average age. On the other hand, Breandán Ó hÉaghra, writing in Irish, questions the idea of a new Irish language music station for young people. Successful pop artists don’t need another radio station, he  argues. What is needed is a multi-cultural context for contemporary songwriting in Irish. Can a new station provide that?

Also in this issue, Kevin Stevens remembers Jazz legend John Coltrane who died forty years ago, Christopher Fox considers the legacy of American composer Morton Feldman and Séamas de Barra reads a history of music publishing firm Boosey & Hawkes, commenting that "The Irish composer’s reaction to this book is likely to be wistful envy as he reads of the extent to which a dynamic and resourceful publisher can shape a compositional career." Plus extensive CD and live reviews (see below), a two-month guide to music across the nation and much, much more...

For the bigger picture in traditional, jazz and contemporary music in Ireland, check out the JMI



CD Reviews
ConTempo Quartet, Máirtín O’Connor, Garry O’Briain, Cathal Hayden
Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh
Eliot Grasso
The Smith Quartet 
Ciarán Farrell

Live Reviews
Niwel Tsumbu and Clear Sky Ensemble
Tomasz Stanko Quartet
Masters of Tradition
Music 21
Opera Theatre Company
Ryoji Ikeda
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir