Preserving Ireland’s past – for the love of it

TULSK, Ireland - Finding pieces of wood mixed in with turf in an Irish peat bog is nothing unusual. Recognising those rods as part of a trap that prehistoric man used to impale deer in 1,200 BC requires someone with skill and know-how. One such person is Christy Lawless, 70, an amateur archaeologist from County…Read more Preserving Ireland’s past – for the love of it

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…

“Never forget” — the Yellow Star Houses of Budapest…

Irish professional photographer Nigel Swann says one of the most telling details of his photograph of one of the “Yellow Star Houses” of Budapest didn't hit him until he examined it later – the name “Jakab” spray-painted on the apartment block's front door. “It just jumped out at me and there was this 'Jakab' graffiti…Read more “Never forget” — the Yellow Star Houses of Budapest…

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

Stage Invasion – Ivan Fischer’s “explosive” Beethoven Fifth

Was it an orchestra take over? The audience could have been forgiven for gasping during a performance by the Budapest Festival Orchestra of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony in Budapest this past weekend when two dozen or more young musicians, clutching everything from flutes to violins to double basses, rushed on stage from the wings, without warning,…Read more Stage Invasion – Ivan Fischer’s “explosive” Beethoven Fifth

En Route: ‘Faux Americana’ sweeps France

ROCAMADOUR, France - So these are the slogans emblazoned on the T-shirts, jackets and sweatshirts that people -- many of them French  -- are wearing in the heavily touristed Perigord region of France this summer: -- "America's Highway Route 66 the Mother Road" -- "University of California Berkeley Deluxe Classics" -- "Authentic 77 Stage Shape…Read more En Route: ‘Faux Americana’ sweeps France

En Route: The sweet life in Perigord

GROLEJAC, France - It looked for the longest time like Agnes Lacoste, a woman with a striking silvery mane, would have no customers for her "Barbe a Papa" (cotton candy) stall at a nighttime "marche gourmand" in the Perigord village of Grolejac. The paella, grilled duck breast and bottles of rose wine were going down…Read more En Route: The sweet life in Perigord