KRISTIN HERSHWyatt at the Coyote Palace *** Omnibus

 ‘I feel so ashamed of myself that I didn’t visit her more often, that I didn’t alleviate some of the burden my brother so uncomplainingly shouldered.’

When I did visit I can’t recall staying much longer than 30 minutes each time

Eamonn Lawlor: “I have a suit that is older than I am prepared to admit, which has never worn out and which still fits regardless of my various changes of shape over the years.” Photograph: Brian McEvoy

Éamonn Lawlor, broadcaster and patron of the Irish Freemasons Young Musician of the Year competition

Paul Simon at his office in New York – despite having just turned 75, his creative output is showing no signs of slowing. Photograph: NYT

As he releases a new album, the acclaimed songwriter has little interest in his legacy – ‘Time takes care of that’

Featuring a live take of the artist's off-Broadway musical, recorded by the cast just hours after Bowie died, as well three previo(...)

Jimmy Rainsford and Ryan Hennessy of Athy pop group, Picture This, have a sound that touches a nerve

The Irish pop success story of 2016 talk to Tony Clayton-Lea about working methods, making music and how to maintain a winning pro(...)

Agnes Obel started dabbling in studio recording and production techniques at the age of 17.

The Danish songwriter talks to Tony Clayton-Lea about her new album, Citizen of Glass

Brendan Synnott, managing director of Nationwide UK (Ireland): “I always shop around, whether in person or on the internet.” Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

‘The recession has been really tough, but thankfully we are seeing some progress’

BellX1's first release since 2013's Chop Chop sees the band radically reconfigure their sound

St John’s warm, deep voice is the closest amalgam you’ll hear of Nick Drake and Nico

Oonagh Clarke, MD of beauty distributor French Cosmetics: “I always try to shop local. I appreciate all the hard work that goes into running a small business”. Photograph: Ricardo Guglielminotti

A property in France was the businesswoman’s most extravagant but also best value buy

Keaton Henson: “The intensity, which I’m told is there, comes ironically from my not wanting to be up on stage. It’s never just another day on the road for me.”

The reclusive singer taps the fragility, beauty and discomfort of the emotionally afflicted

Building contractor and TV presenter Ian Hart: “Money is important to everyone, I would think, and anyone that says it’s not is lying.” Photograph: Colm Kerr

Bargain hunting is part of everyday life for the co-presenter on the architecture and renovation series ‘Room to Improve’

THE NEW 52: Let me Sleep, Haven Records, 3 stars

Bay City Rollers: the classic line-up of Alan Longmuir, Leslie McKeown, Eric Faulkner, Derek Longmuir and Stuart Wood, in 1975. Photograph: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty

Simon Spence delves into the dark history of the Bay City Rollers: underage sex, alcoholism, addiction, pornography and penury. It(...)

RSM Ireland  co-founder John Glennon: “Like many people, I lost money when the economy collapsed in 2008.”  Photograph: Jason Clarke

Money not the primary motivation for accounting firm managing partner

After his second album, ‘Post Tropical’, the Dubliner found himself in demand as a songwriter for hire, but decided to keep the so(...)

Paddy Magee, country operations manager  of Renault Group Ireland: “In the last couple of years I have (wisely) invested in shares within the Renault Group.”

‘There is nothing like shopping face to face, getting real customer satisfaction’

JOSEPH: I’m alone, no you’re Not, ATO Records, 3 stars

PASCAL PINON: Sundur, Morr Music, 4 stars

Barry Gray is not averse to haggling and believes in shopping around before making a purchase.

I do all purchases with cards, and buy locally where I can, unless there is a bargain online

Ollie Canning: “Money is nowhere near the top of my priority list”

One of his best spends was on his dog Odie, from Madra animal rescue in Galway

Nichola Beresford: “I just don’t have the haggle gene.”

Waterford-based drinks firm co-owner loves gambling – ‘So I don’t do it’

Loudon Wainwright III: Essentially both memoir-as-theatre and realignment of parental issues, Wainwright describes the show as a “posthumous collaboration”. Loudon Wainwright III: “Family is still a fascinating subject for me”

The musician tackles some of his long-standing family issues in his latest undertaking

Andy Noonan: “The Big Grill Festival, initially quite a risky venture, is going from strength to strength after three years, so all of the hard work setting it up is starting to pay off.”

Andy Noonan, founder and organiser of the Big Grill BBQ Festival

Shura grew up in Manchester as a self-confessed guitar-toting “weird” teenager who was fluent in Russian

Manchester’s Shura is happy to be different – and flattered about being compared to Kurt Cobain and Kylie

Colum McCormack-Crowe: “My husband and I saved up for our honeymoon in the Maldives. It cost about €10,000.  We saved for it together without touching our savings or day-to-day money.”

Colum McCormack-Crowe, presenter on 4FM

Joan Mulvihill: “I’m not a gambler. But I did win a car in my credit union draw in 2002. It was great timing as I’d just bought my first apartment”

Joan Mulvihill, CEO of the Irish Internet Association

David Walsh: “Money is more necessary to me than important.”

‘I learned to haggle watching my father in action at cattle marts and street fairs’

Dr Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson: told in 2013 he had less than a year to live. Photograph: Paul Hackett/Reuters

This rock memoir might not have been written without a second opinion

Joan Baez performs at an anti-Vietnam War demonstration in London, 1965. Photograph: Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

From Billie Holiday to The Clash and on to modern Irish artists Zrazy and Jinx Lennon, activism has a long and illustrious history

Sonya Lennon: “Money is only important to me for the security it gives to my family and me.”

VHI Life Insurance ambassador aware ‘increasingly’ of providing for future

Seamus Quinn: I find that sometimes you can spend a lot of time shopping around and only save a few quid and, when you factor in the cost of the time, it isn’t always worth it.

‘You can spend a lot of time shopping around and only save a few quid’

Niall Breslin: "I’ve wasted too many years being concerned about what people think about me, or what I do". Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The singer on why he doesn't like Irish celebrity culture, and why he’s getting The Blizzards back together

Philip Brady: “I bought a set of golf clubs. For me, it was good value but I’m not sure my wife would agree. Come to think of it, I’m not sure I told her of this purchase.”

‘I much prefer to buy local. Maybe it’s a generation thing, but touching and trying the product is very important to me . . . And (...)

Brendan Shine: “My most extravagant purchase was my current accordion – it was specifically constructed in Italy to my specifications”

“I’m a saver, but I always seem to spend what I save”

Eoin Clarke: “I try to make sure I’m getting the best deal before I buy a product or service.”

Paying for my diploma in digital marketing was definitely money well spent

Martina Sinclair, CEO, Weight Watchers Ireland

‘Life has taught me that even the smallest amount you put away can make a big difference’

Pierce Turner: “I remember the quality of church music when I was growing up”

The same cannot be said of the uncompromising music of the Wexford-born songwriter, who wears his ecclesiastical influences proudl(...)

Bronagh Gallagher: “Proactivity can either choke you or give you a strong spine.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/THE IRISH TIMES

When it comes to her music, Bronagh Gallagher is artist, manager and label boss all in one committed package. ‘Discipline is good(...)

Patricia Molloy: “It gives me a sense of community while supporting local business.”

‘Even if I won a surprise trip to Las Vegas, it’s safe to say I would still have no interest in it’

Karen Burns: “I wouldn’t be worried about having no money in my bank account.”

‘Living in the City of London has many perks but the cost isn’t one of them’

Michael Dawson, chief executive officer of Gift Voucher Shop

‘I believe if something is fair value, and I am not being screwed, then I am happy’

Derry Lindsay, who wrote All Kinds of Everything with Jackie Smith. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

All Kinds of Everything often credited to Phil Coulter - but Ballymun’s Derry Lindsay wrote it with colleague

Eóin MacManus: I have a tendency to compare online and then shop locally as much as I can.

The most expensive thing I have bought is my house, but the most extravagant is a Porsche 911

The stories behind the hub in upstate New York where Americana music was forged

Siobhán Parkinson, publisher, Little Island Books

Investing in shares would come very low on my list of fun ways to spend an afternoon”

Prince performing in LA in March 2005. Photograph:   Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Cork in 1990; Dublin in 2002; and again in 2011, after that no-show in 2008, Prince showed his live game was every note as sharp a(...)

Gordon D’Arcy: I got caught with a bad investment during the recession. Thankfully, I had taken good advice prior to all my undertakings, and so the loss was small enough.

‘Doing a little research on comparison websites before you shop can be helpful’

Lisa O’Neill: “I lose concentration very easily; the page is boring for me to look at.” Photograph: Eric Luke

That might be true, but on her new album, Pothole in the Sky, the Cavan woman has become a self-assured songwriter, a process ca(...)

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