‘We discovered that we had this really easy rapport with each other in the studio as musicians.’ Above, Jeff and Spencer Tweedy

Most kids grow up with dreams of being an astronaut, a superhero, or maybe – if their parents are lucky – something slightly more sensible, such as(...)

 Musicians Philip Donnelly, left, and John Prine

Philip Donnelly is an Irish musician, singer/songwriter and music producer who spent over a decade working in the US after touring there with Donov(...)

It’s Q4 and we all know what that means. Between now and December 24th, the race is on in the retail world to flog enough stuff to keep everyone ha(...)

David Bowie, Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

For the proto-punks and New Romantics-in-waiting, David Bowie’s 1972 appearance on Top of the Pops, performing Starman in full Ziggy Stardust regalia,(...)

It’s human nature to change your mind, but when that mind belongs to a musician, such changes can be viewed as whimsical, petulant, capricious or phar(...)

This year’s IMRAM highlight, The Bob Marley Project, is on at the Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire, this Friday, October 10th, at 8pm

Once upon a time … I was a reader, but not a reader of literature in Irish. I was a speaker of Irish, or a kind of Irish, having been brought up speak(...)

Dave Fanning: “The J1 is one of the most important things you do as a student”

DAVE FANNING Music journalist and broadcaster Massachusetts, 1974 On my first day in New York I ordered a “baggle”, meaning a bagle. I ordere(...)

“I am realistic to my detriment,” Woody Allen says. “There is no God. There is no purpose to the universe. One day the sun will burn out. Earth wil(...)

Ed Sheeran: four nights in a row at Dublin's O2 in October

One season ends and another begins. As the outdoor shows run out of road, it’s time to return to the indoor halls, clubs and arenas. Many would arg(...)

Hundreds of visitors have arrived in Donegal this weekend for the annual Bob Dylan festival.  Photograph: Peter Thursfield/The Irish Times

Like rolling stones and complete unknowns, they arrived on the shores of a Co Donegal lough this weekend for what has become one of the biggest Bob Dy(...)