Chloe Howl: tunes and chutzpah

Another weekend, another festival for music fans to flock to in search of sonic thrills. Indiependence has been pulling the crowds to Mitchelstown,(...)

Singer David Gray continues his return to the Irish stage at the Groove Festival in Bray, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

TraidphicnicThe traditional arts and music festival with a difference takes place in An Spidéal,Co Galway this weekend.Traidphicnic is an access for a(...)

The high priest of Co Mayo

Heading whesht to Mayo for the Westport Festival of Music and Food, I was a bit apprehensive. Not only had we been spoiled by the bash in Ballinlough,(...)

Sophie Ellis Bextor wows fan at Westport Festival at the weekend. Photograph: Tony Kinlan

Pirate queen Grace O’Malley would “most certainly approve” of the shenanigans in the grounds of historic Westport House over the weekend. That is acco(...)

Beautiful reunion: Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott

Waffler. Nerd. Lovable grouch. These are all categorisations that Paul Heaton willingly identifies with, but he has put those arguably dubious qual(...)

Success can change a musician, but it seemed to alter the career trajectory of David Gray more drastically than most. After all, this was the young(...)

Between now and September, a weekend will not pass without a festival or big music show of some stripe or other to tempt you with its wares. The bi(...)

Video: Other Voices exclusives 6:52

This Sunday sees the Other Voices television series return to our screens, with highlights (...)

And So I Watch You From Afar are bringing the colour

No sooner was I lamenting the loss of Helium’s hooley in Ballymahon than Light Colour Sound pops up in Paulstown, Co Kilkenny, shouldering it’s way(...)

Crosscare staff member Denis Middleton serving customers Teresa Adams, Anne Grimes and Dazy Maher at the Crosscare Cafe on Portland Row. Photograph: Alan Betson

“I feel welcome here,” says Gillian as we sit on couches at Crosscare’s Community Cafe on Portland Row in Dublin’s north inner city. She’s on m(...)