Nuala O’Connor has found a novel way into the life of the reclusive poet
Interview: McAlmont & Butler came, saw and briefly conquered with their uplifting song ‘Yes’ at a time when macho Britpop ruled. The partnership was meant to be temporary – and yet here they are
Navan’s Brian Byrne has taken a break from scoring Hollywood films to set a James Joyce poetry collection to music
Concert promotion is in his blood – and he’s the man big names like Ed Sheeran still want to deal with
O’Conor has done what many people thought impossible by putting Dublin on the piano map via the Dublin International Piano Competition. But now he worries for its future
The affable Antrim band have been around for 10 years and, with another album about to drop, they have designs on another decade
The thoughtful jazz trumpeter was only 17 when he met saxophonist Steve Coleman and everything changed. His driving ambition is to keep things raw and to present his true self
There’s a difference between having a band and being in a band, says the solo artist and former Frames fiddler
Billionaire Azerbaijani pop star Emin, already big in Russia, has set his sights on Ireland
The Edinburgh band put the pop into hip-hop and have always avoided the pissed-off persona of the typical hip-hop artist. Despite their showmanship, there’s a serious intent behind many of the songs
“Sometimes we’re proggy, sometimes dark metal, sometimes we are really melodic. We spend time trying to write and craft our music properly” - Biff Byford talks metal longevity with Ronan McGreevy
The singer-songwriter, whose new box set is a reworked retrospective of her career, is still refreshingly out of sync with the times
On the eve of the release of My Favourite Faded Fantasy, Reykjavik resident Rice talks to us
Weary from promoting new album ‘Tough Love’, Jessie Ware talks (in a croaky voice) about getting lifted by her fans, and getting encouragment from such collaborators as Miguel, Ed Sheeran, Dev Hynes and BenZel
The former Sex Pistol on his London-Irish upbringing, his new memoir, and why there’s no tension between his quest for integrity and accepting a part in a Lloyd Webber musical
New bands to check out from Brooklyn, Stockholm and Washington DC
Your weekend soundtrack from Nils Frahm, Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch, Elliot Smith, Kendra Morris, Júníus Meyvant, Natalie Prass, Arca and others
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Only one living Irish composer is part of the NCH’s seven-concert series for the 1916 centenary
Many years ago I wrote about music for a while under a female pseudonym. It was a real eye-opener
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