Culture Notes

Journal of Music are giving away a pair of tickets to the Spatial Music Collective concert in the NCH this coming Wednesday 17 June at 8.30. Email editor@journalofmusic.com to be in with a chance to hear 8.4 – a performance of multichannel electronic and electroacoustic works.

The Irish Composers Collective (ICC) have a new website, check it out

The Hilliard Ensemble are coming to Dundalk on 01 October to perform their Arkhangelos programme as a part of Louth Contemporary Music Society’s Temenos 09 Sacred Songs and Archangels programme.

Midsummer in Temple Bar kicks off this coming Saturday 20 June to celebrate the longest of the year. The CMC are getting involved presenting an evening of “music, conversation and refreshments” Download the weekend programme here.

I still haven’t had a chance to sit and write a little about the Crash Ensemble Double Portraits performance – time is running away from me!

I did make it to Julie Feeney’s launch of her new album Pages in Crawdaddy last week. I like Feeney’s music but knowing the extent of her abilities as a composer/singer/producer/musician/songwriter/educator/theatre artist I was disappointed with the performance on the night. A full complement of strings took to the stage with her (some of the best performers working in Ireland at the moment) but, apart from long bass support on the cello on occasion, didn’t play a note until half way through the performance . When the strings did eventually play the arrangements seemed elegant but safe, not venturing too far from supporting chords. I felt there is much more to Feeney than was ventured in the performance. We were treated to a hint of that “much more” by the first piece on the evening; a solo vocal exercise, which sounded like a Scandinavian folk song, and absolutely tested Feeney’s own vocal abilities – more of that sort of thing please!

The best part of the evening for me was a ten minute support from Eoin & Moley O’Suilleabhain under their performance name Size2Shoes- a lighthearted interlude of what they term “inspirational pop” that was hilarious and desperately entertaining while still demonstrating that these are two young musicians very confidant in their knowledge of music and their vocal abilities. Their very close, high-pitched harmonies can be unnerving at times but exquisite in their perfect pitch. I loved them!

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