Glen Hansard: ‘When you meet a master, you know it. There’s a frequency coming off them, and whatever that high, sweet air is, when you come across it you feel different’

Now 45, the Frames frontman feels he is getting better at songwriting, and is happier ‘in my skin and in my songs’ – although he r(...)

Tough Love Records, 4 stars

John Lennon and Paul McCartney with George Martin (left) and Neil Aspinall at Abbey Road studios. Photograph: Henry Grossman/Govinda Gallery

A new immersive show hopes to recreate the Abbey Road studio sessions – so why is Apple unimpressed?

Rory Gallagher playing with Taste in Denmark in 1970. Photograph: Jorgen Angel/Redferns

He cut his teeth in the showbands, but when he formed Taste, Rory Gallagher became rock’s first Irish international guitar hero. A(...)

Anti Records, 4 stars

Balloon Ranger Recordings, 4 stars

Bella Union, 4 stars

Polydor/Universal, 4 stars


A downhome atmosphere, good crowd and a quality line-up of mostly Irish acts

Singer Lianne La Havas: “I absolutely love doing what I do, but if you forget you love it, then it can be a very miserable job.” Photograph: Paul Bergen/AFP/GettyImages

Lianne La Havas was raised in London, but a trip to her family’s home in Jamaica with her mum opened up a whole new world of influ(...)

Jimmy Page: “I hear how inspiring my guitar playing is for young musicians. And that’s how I learned: listening to other guitarists, trying to get a sound all of my own.” Photograph: Damon Winter/New York Times

The band’s founder has just finished years of work on their studio back catalogue, with no little relief. And although he apprecia(...)

Fifty years ago today, Bob Dylan strapped on his electric guitar at Newport folk festival and changed musical history, a story tol(...)

Hardly Art, three stars

Niall McGarry: ‘I generally see clothes as good value and a good investment.’

‘As an entrepreneur money is obviously important to me’

Belfast-based Joe O’Sullivan: oncology consultant and musician.

Experiences at work helped an oncology consultant write his first album

A glimpse into folk music’s past that reminds us how it has shaped the present

Jenny Taaffe: “I believe in ‘if you buy cheap, you buy twice’, so I will never look for the cheapest price, but I definitely like to get value.”

‘In terms of business I am a risk-taker. I’m an entrepreneur through and through’

Sarah Murphy, Hepsebah O’Reilly and Dee Fahy from Westport, Co Mayo at the O2 arena for the Taylor Swift concert. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Pop star’s 3Arena gig pleases her adoring fans but drags between her clever songs

Sarah Cracknell: 18-year gap between her two solo albums. Photograph: Paul Kelly

The St Etienne singer’s second solo album, Red Kite, nods to Morricone and 1960s garage without resorting to pastiche

David Webster: “I bought my really good quality bespoke tailor-made black tie suit about 12 years ago. I end up going to quite a few black tie events each year and it hasn’t required a replacement”

David Webster, GM Powerscourt Hotel, Resort and Spa

Glen Hansard never dreamt the band would last so long

Margaret Burke: “I’ll generally ask for a discount, especially if I’m buying more than one item”

Marketing Manager, Weight Watchers Ireland

Old favourite: WB Yeats. Photograph: George Grantham Bain Collection/Library of Congress

A century and a half to the day since William Butler Yeats was born, Edna O’Brien, Paula Meehan, Philip King, Caitriona Yeats and (...)

Jason Flynn: Sometimes I think the effort of shopping around doesn’t justify the saving I might make

‘My boyfriend reckons I’m the easiest person in the world to up-sell to!’

Flür remains defined by the Robot outfit nearly three decades after quitting the revolutionary electronica ensemble. That’s okay (...)

Teeling Whiskey Company founder and managing director Jack Teeling: “I was never an extravagant spender.”

‘The investment in my ongoing executive education has really stood to me’

Foo Fighters lead singer Dave Grohl on stage at Slane on Saturday.

Contentious village politics and traffic delays aside, Slane Castle concert returns in style

Jennie Flynn: “I think you have to be a bit of a gambler to be an entrepreneur”

I do a lot of research online but I try to spend my money locally, if I can

Rachel Doyle, chief operations officer, Professional Insurance Brokers’ Association: ‘As far as I’m concerned you can never be too young to start planning for your retirement.’

‘I’m very bad at haggling, even in countries where it is expected’

Fight Like Apes co-founders Jamie Fox and MayKay Geraghty tell Tony Clayton-Lea about the five years from their second to their th(...)

‘I love the art of selling, so I am known to haggle from time to time’

The temptation to mix rock music and classical is often too great for most musicians

Conor Rhatigan: “We all want be comfortable and have nice things.”

Owner of independent menswear store, Castle & Drury, Dublin

Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images

Weller talks punk rock, drink and drugs. And why, as he releases his 12th solo album, at the age of 56, he likes being an old dad (...)

Laura Kelly: ‘I am always prepared to pay a little more to ensure I get a higher-quality product or service.’ Photograph: Ger Lawlor

‘It is important for me to be financially secure, but I am not motivated by it’

Laura Marling isn’t the kind of needy artist whose primary aim is to be understood by fans of her music and songs

Marling is back in London after an LA adventure and a painful knock-back with a new album and a fresh outlook

Wayne Kramer: ‘I had a duty, in that everything I had learned about how democracy functions tells me to not be quiet, to say something, to take ethical action. And that’s what I did’

Detroit’s MC5 blazed a trail in the late 1960s with blistering proto-punk and radical politics. Time has mellowed Kramer, but it h(...)

Matt Flannery: “I prefer to shop local where I can, as there’s so many added benefits. It’s easy to exchange a product; or if it’s not entirely what you are looking for, you can always ask them to order in the correct product.”

‘I couldn’t imagine a world without a smart phone’

Therapy? are, from left, Michael McKeegan, Andy Cairns and Neil Cooper

The east Antrim band began life with simple ambitions and saw their mid-1990s flirtation with the mainstream as a welcome bonus. A(...)

Anne O’Dwyer:  “I’ve played a few games of roulette and blackjack but never for big amounts – I’m an accountant at heart, so risk-taking doesn’t come naturally to me”

I’ve no problem negotiating and haggling when I’m in work mode, but for some reason I’m not so good at it when it comes to persona(...)

Frank McNamara: ‘I will search for the cheapest place online before I begin the physical shopping – much better time management.’ Photograph: Jason Clarke Photography

As long as I have enough to feed my family . . . I’m happy

Tori Amos is releasing special remastered versions of her hit albums Under the Pink and Little Earthquakes on April 10th. Listen t(...)

My house cost €385,000 and is highly unlikely to ever return to positive equity, so it will always be my most extravagant/foolish(...)

Duke Special

Duke Special’s latest album, Look out machines, is released on Friday, April 3rd. Listen to it here right now and read our four-s(...)

Trusted Advisor Group chief executive  Paul Sutton: ‘Most people have had a tough time over the past few years. It is during these tough times that you come to realise your own true values and resilience.’

‘It’s nice to have money but, for me, it’s not as important as it used to be’

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