Joyce’s “The Dead” Lives On…

  DUBLIN - One of my most daunting challenges of recent years has been preparing an introduction to James Joyce's famous short story "The Dead" for a 30-strong Irish Joyce reading group that meets at Tom Fitzgerald's pub in Glasthule of a Wednesday morning. This is the last of the 15 stories in Joyce's short-story…Read more Joyce’s “The Dead” Lives On…

Shane MacGowan’s Best Dub B’day Bash Ever

There were so many incredible moments during the three-hour-long 60th birthday tribute to Pogues songster Shane MacGowan in Dublin on Monday night that it's hard to pick the highlights, but here's a try:  Sinead O'Connor walking onstage unannounced to kick off part two with a searing version of "You're the One" Lisa O'Neill and Glen…Read more Shane MacGowan’s Best Dub B’day Bash Ever

Barry, Ades and “Alice” in tune at Dublin music fest…

Soprano Claudia Boyle's voice soaring into the stratosphere singing the word “down” as she plunged into the rabbit hole in Irish composer Gerald Barry's “Alice's Adventures Under Ground” was thrilling but was only one of many highlights of the New Music Dublin 2017 festival. From Thursday, March 2, through Saturday, Dublin's National Concert Hall banished…Read more Barry, Ades and “Alice” in tune at Dublin music fest…

Dublin Cello Fest Goes Outside the Box

The Spike Dublin Alternative Cello Fest (Feb. 10-12) proved beyond a doubt what its co-organisers, cellists Lioba Petrie and Mary Barnecutt, wanted to show: The cello has a life and purpose way outside the classical music realm. During three days of events at a variety of venues, including The Workman's Club, the Hugh Lane Gallery…Read more Dublin Cello Fest Goes Outside the Box