The contemporary music ensemble Concorde is celebrating its thirty-fifth year in existence. Stephen Graham talks to the ensemble's founding Artistic Director and pianist, Jane O'Leary, about the ways in which life has changed for the group in the last three and a half decades.
Three interesting gigs are happening at Whelan's venue in Dublin from 9 to 11 March, with performances from Tieranniesaur, Patrick Kelleher & His Cold Dead Hands and Natural Snow Buildings.
The winner of this year's Choice Music Prize was announced at an event featuring all ten nominated acts at the Olympia Theatre, Dublin, on Thursday, 8 March.
MC Jerry O'Reilly will be teaching some more easy set-dances to music from Colm Delaney on concertina, Peter Staunton on accordion and Phil Gaynor on drums. There will also be sean-n?s dancing from Sibeal Davitt and Mary Bath Taylor, and songs from Alison O'Donnell and Katerina Garcia.
Acts confirmed for the small Kildare pub for the year ahead include Johnny Duhan, Ger Wolfe, Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart, Peter Mulvey, John Spillane, Otis Gibbs, Woodbine, Richard Gillewitz, Sara Grey and Kieron Means, and Jeff and Vida.
Ivernia, Manchester's first Irish orchestra, will debut at Manchester Cathedral on Sunday, 11 March 2012, as part of the Manchester Irish Festival.
Crash Ensemble's Free State VII, featuring the work of eleven young composers, will take place on 5 April at the National Concert Hall, Dublin.
Born in New York in 1925, Robert B Sherman won two Oscars for his film scores, which also include Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the Aristocrats and Winnie the Pooh.
Music is the Key, by consultant speech and language therapist Karen O'Connor, describes how children with autism, Asperger's Syndrome, dyspraxia and other developmental challenges can benefit from music-based therapy.
The violinist Hugo Ticciati performs as part of NewSoundWorlds on 21 March at the National Concert Hall in Dublin.
The Journal of Music talks to Ois?n Mac Diarmada of T?ada about recording Le Ch?ile with S?amus Begley.
The new award, which is presented in association with the American Ireland Fund, will be bestowed at an event in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on Thursday, 8 March.
The Callino Quartet and clarinettist Sarah Beaty play four dates around Ireland in late-March.
The maximum amount for the Arts Council's music commissions award is ?10,000. Submissions should be made by Thursday, 15 March 2012.
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