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Royal Blood: “We definitely didn’t want to rip ourselves off”

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Melanie C: “I think, as time goes on, I become more and more proud of everything that we achieved.”  (Photo by Jo Hale/Redferns)

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The Choice Music Prize  Irish Album of the Year 2016 winners Rusangano Family, who won for their   album ‘Let The Dead Bury The Dead’ (Self Released).     Photograph:  Graham Keogh

Picture This win the Song of the Year prize for their tune Take My Hand

Patrick O’Laoghaire: “I have this curiosity about singers who sound really young and totally naive and innocent, and they also sound like they’re 100. I like that ‘somewhere in-between’ place.” Photograph: Alex Gonzales

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JOE CHESTERThe Easter Vigil *** Bohemia Records

CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAHThe Tourist ***CHYSY Inc

JESCA HOOPMemories Are Now ****Sub Pop

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Nucleus, Yangaroo and Subwoofr are the latest Irish generation of tools and services for musicians that hope to shake up the music(...)

Elbow: Craig Potter, Guy Garvey, Mark Potter and Pete Turner

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At just 25, the singer already has Grammy nominations and praise from the likes of Elton John powering her career

MENACE BEACH Lemon Memory *** Memphis Industries

Singer Mick Pyro. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The former Republic of Loose frontman has morphed from booze-guzzling showman to reveal a more thoughtful, serious side as he prep(...)

Cathy Belton remembers Santa leaving muddy boot prints on the living room carpet

Actor Cathy Belton wants Santa to lay his sacks of magic on the hearths of the Simon Community and the Fr Peter McVerry Trust

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Stuff your turkey, ban the ham, roll away the lard-laden roasties

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ENEMIESValuables ****Topshelf Records

RAF RUNDELLThe Adventures of Selfie Boy Pt 1 ****1965 Records

Wallis Bird once heard Santa’s bells as he flew across the sky.

Musician Wallis Bird would like her present to go to someone who has nothing

Today FM presenter Ian Dempsey would like a bike . . . if it wasn’t for the lycra

PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTINGLive at Brixton ***Test Card Recordings

Avenged SevenfoldThe Best of 2005-2013 *** Warner

WALPURGIS FAMILYLive Your Life Around It ****Popical Island

Boxer Paddy Barnes asked for a bike almost every single year

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IAN WHITTY & THE EXCHANGECash Crop ***Self-released

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MICK FLANNERYI Own You *** Universal Music Ireland

Dominic Philips, Paul Noonan and David Geraghty from BellX1. Photograph: Johnny Savage

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WALLIS BIRDHomeMount Silver/Caroline International4

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Watford four-piece’s second album combines brawny vocals and mod-infused indie-rock

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