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Ireland . . . and all that jazz

The Jazz Age? In Free State Ireland, the moral guardians weren’t having any of it. A free music festival in Dublin looks back at the Anti-Jazz Campaign of 1934 – and celebrates the rise in Ireland of ‘The Devil’s Music’

IT WAS like cocaine for the feet. We’d always been fond of a good hands-by-your-sides dance, but this new foreign music was something altogether different. The first decade of the Irish Free State coincided with the Jazz Age and the viral spread of what was essentially the world’s first pop music. New-fangled contraptions such as the wireless and the gramophone were bringing its infectious rhythms to every corner of the civilised world.


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Drowned in Sound‘s review of WOMAD Charlton Park 2012

WOMAD occupies something of a niche in the world of festivals. Largely marginalised in the mainstream music press, it is simultaneously a festival for 'everyone' and one geared at a very specific audience. Now in its 30th year, WOMAD isn’t likely to make a bid for wider public awareness anytime soon. The organisers appear content with their festival not being a household name, and why wouldn’t they be? Despite being a relative obscurity, WOMAD manages to pull in over 20,000 fans with admirable regularity. A sizeable percentage of attendees are returning customers.


Source : Drowned in Sound

Irish Music in South Africa

Fresh from his group the Fidelio Trio’s mini-tour of South Africa at the start of this month, violinist Darragh Morgan, alongside oboe player Alison Lowell, will perform music by Irish composers Donnacha Dennehy (Overstrung), Ed Bennett (String Factory) and Linda Buckley (Exploding Stars) at the Unyazi Electronic Music Festival in Durban, South Africa, on 12 September.


Source : The Journal of Music

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