Jean Ritchie recording Séamus Ennis playing the uilleann pipes in March 1952. Photograph: George Pickow Image Collection/James Hardiman Library

‘Séamus Ennis was unique,” wrote Ciarán Mac Mathúna, about the singular piper, folklorist and broadcaster on his death in 1982. “Of course every pe(...)

John Renbourn, who has died aged 70, was a founding member of the 1960s progressive folk group Pentangle. Best known for his collaborations with fello(...)

By the letter: Neil Young’s covers album is only available on vinyl, and it’s  a stunner. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

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Marc O’Reilly isn’t exactly a household name, despite a critically acclaimed debut album in 2011. Human Herdings (...)

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He’s a former member of José González’s backing band who released his first album on cult Scottish folk label Fence. You might have James Mathé (ak(...)