‘One thing that stands out immediately about Touts is the abrupt nature of the songs. Both lyrically and musically, they are straight to the point and clinical. No extra fat, no pretentiousness’ writes Jake Tiernan, in the second review from our new Music Writer Mentoring Scheme, supported by Galway City and Galway County Arts Offices.
How can we ensure that we have the infrastructure to support all Irish music into the future? Why have we not achieved this already? In an essay written to mark the twentieth anniversary of the music and arts station RTÉ Lyric FM,Toner Quinn, Editor of the Journal of Music, asks the question: what is holding us back?