Gerry Leonard (on right) playing live with David Bowie

Leonard was heckled by Bowie before becoming part of his inner circle for 15 years

Thin Lizzy: Phil Lynott at the Hammersmith Odeon, in London, in 1976. Photograph: Erica Echenberg/Redferns

The Thin Lizzy founder – Ireland’s first bona-fide rock star – died on January 4, 1986. Friends recall the man they knew

Time flies when the music’s fun, as this entirely random retrospective shows

It took until 2010 before Apple Corps allowed Beatles albums to be released on the iTunes Store, the streaming service developed by Apple Inc 15 years ago.

Band’s entire back catalogue will be on streaming services as of 12.01am on Thursday

Jansen Plateproduksjon, 4 stars

 The Priests, Fr. David Delargy, and brothers Fr. Martin O’Hagan and Fr. Eugene O’Hagan, pictured in Dublin. ahead of the concerts around Ireland, Christmas with the Priests.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Fame hasn’t changed The Priests from being plain, ordinary men of the cloth, writes Tony Clayton-Lea

Gavin James: “I’d write songs during the day, and then try them out in front of a crowd at night – my songs would always sink or swim.” Photograph: Tommaso Boddi/Getty

As the US opens its arms to Dubliner Gavin James, and Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran take him into the fold, he is going from Temple Bar(...)

Who said looking back was boring? Try telling that to Brand New Retro

 U2 performs on stage in the ‘iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE’ show  at the 3 Arena , Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Social history, personal memories feature against backdrop of innovative performance

Jigsaw Records, 4 stars

Tracy Chapman. Photograph: Morena Brengola/Getty Images

It has been nearly three decades since Chapman shot to fame but she still feels like she’s ‘not the ideal person for the job’

Director David Lynch. Photograph: Ilya S Savenok/Getty Images

A live tribute to the songs and music of David Lynch brings together an eclectic group of artists

Elvis Costello: his vivid, lyrical book is among rock’s very best autobiographies. Photograph: Frank Micelotta/Getty

The singer has written an acutely self-aware, scathingly honest and passionate autobiography

The 38 Tonnes Marching Band from France on Oliver Plunkett St, Cork. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Debate over Guinness Jazz Festival’s definition of the genre becomes an argument

Marty McFly (Michael J Fox) and Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) in ‘Back to the Future Part II’: futuristic depiction of this coming Wednesday

From fingerprint technology to flying cars, just how accurate were the trilogy of films' predictions?

Saul Williams: “I started to earn money from reading poems. I didn’t even know you could do that.” Photograph: Geordie Wood

After Williams recited his first poem on stage in 1995, his ascent was rapid

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!’

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