Great Lakes Mystery, aka Gareth Anton Averill

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Róisín O: “Anytime we’d get together – when my uncles would be home from America – we’d have sing-songs and stuff. It was just normal in our house.”

Often referred to as daughter of Mary Black or sister of Dan from Coronas, the singer is finding her own voice

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Guy Garvey: “Most people don’t realise till they’re nearing 40 that you’re allowed to feel more than one thing at one time”.

A new band, new relationship, and a struggle with strange lyrics – Guy Garvey’s mid-life crisis seem like an awful lot of fun

Tara Erraught: ‘I was taught right from the beginning: you never, never look at a review until the run of the show is finished’

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The former Westlife star never packed in his pop career and you won’t find him with the ‘headbangers’ on ‘Big Brother’

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Jeffrey Lewis and Peter Stampfel: “It’s sort of like Peter and I are like two old holdouts from the earlier decades of Manhattan bohemianism who just  happen to still be around here,” says Lewis

Duo are unlikely but happy musical collaborators

Angela Dorgan of HWCH, Neil Harrison and Keith Lawler, co founders of  Firstage app with the band Bitch Falcon at Windmill Lane Studios. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

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Brian Byrne: ‘I wanted to go to college, learn to be a good piano player and maybe get a job in Billy Joel’s band’

Navan’s Brian Byrne has taken a break from scoring Hollywood films to set a James Joyce poetry collection to music

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The cast of a new Irish production of Handel’s opera Agrippina talk about the gruelling demands of modern opera singing, the lonel(...)

Parquet Courts (including Austin Brown, foreground): a band with a pre-internet era outlook. Photograph: Ben Rayner

They’ve been called as much, but they’re more interested in achieving longevity

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The Londoner came to light singing with Clean Bandit and Tinie Tempah. Now her own album is about to drop, and not even heartache (...)

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Andrew Moore and Peter and David Brewis: for Drifters the trio fell into the same improvisational methods they practised when they first began playing together more than 15 years ago

They have made their name as one of the most imaginative guitar bands in contemporary rock, so composing music for a 1929 document(...)

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The underground guitar duo from Mexico are now playing arena-sized shows with the likes of Robert Plant in Montreux. So what’s nex(...)

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Interview: A winner at the Brits this year, Paloma Faith still feels she’s an outsider

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The Dresden Dolls frontwoman has been accused of exploitation for using Kickstarter to finance her albums and for seeking voluntee(...)

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Duncan Wallis (second from left) of Dutch Uncles describes their new album as like ‘Grace Jones fronting Talking Heads’

The English band’s new album might centre on a theme of domesticity, but it’s far from mundane

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Tobias Jesso Jr: owes his career to a series of fortuitous coincidences

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