Top row: Rory Gallagher, Public Enemy and David Bowie; bottom row: John Coltrane, The Rolling Stones and Aretha Franklin. Photographs: Fin Costello/Redferns, Suzie Gibbons/Redferns, Richard E Aaron/Redferns, Gai Terrell/Redferns and Estate of Keith Morris/Redferns, all via Getty Images

Every minute of the day more than 100 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube. It’s an inventory that will include a huge swathe of this, that and th(...)

The boss: Sinéad O’Connor. Photograph: Donal Moloney

It’s a baking hot summer day, and off Pearse Street in Dublin, in a building above a bookmaker’s, Sinéad O’Connor is leaning out of a window, smoking.(...)

Bobby Womack on stage during a concert at the Jazz Fest Vienna 2013. Photograph: Georg Hochmuth/EPA

US soul singer and songwriter Bobby Womack has died, his publicist said on Friday. He was 70.The cause of his death was not yet known, according to hi(...)

Record shop owner Randy Roberts: “The attitude to playing music here is very similar to Ireland, where I remember guys would head out with their whistle or whatever to meet their mates and play.”

It’s been generally sunny and hot this past week in Salvador, but when the rain strikes, as it often does at some stage over the afternoon or early(...)

When Patricia Bardon sings Carmen at the National Concert Hall this Saturday, it will be her Dublin debut in a part she has performed as far away as Los Angeles. And that’s just one of the roles in a vast repertoire of which an English opera critic wrote: “I have never seen her give anything less than a world-class performance.”

As a young singer growing up in Dublin, Patricia Bardon used to dream of becoming another Aretha Franklin, or even a Tina Turner. Tragically, it was n(...)

The Sylvers perform on Soul Train in 1976. Photograph: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

It’s time for Soul Train to leave the station again. The classic US black music show introduced TV audiences to a host of r’n’b, soul and hip-hop acts(...)

Muscle Shoals

Since the 1960s, the largest city in Colbert County, Alabama, has been celebrated as the home of the Muscle Shoals Sound. That sound, a fusion of coun(...)

Congregation of the  Romanian Pentecostal Church near Mulhuddart. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Changes in the practice of religion in Ireland can be witnessed in industrial estates dotted around the country.Dozens of warehouses on obscure back r(...)

Sound and vision: musician and director Dave Grohl arrives at the SXSW screening of Sound City, his film about the famous LA recording studio of the same name. Photograph: Michael Buckner/Getty Images

The best documentaries usually turn out to be the ones with the best stories and characters. A keen documentarian will always relish coming acr(...)

Nothing’s fur ever: Dionne Warwick in 1960. Photograph: Tony Russell/Redferns

As Wilkins Micawber says in David Copperfield : “Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen pounds nineteen and six, result happiness(...)