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The Journal of Music Podcast

May 22, 2020

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,...


May 6, 2020

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 


Apr 29, 2020

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...


Apr 15, 2020

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 FitsUp Close and In Concert, Kevin Burke has had a major influence on modern Irish...


Apr 8, 2020

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...