Maria Somerville: ‘The only gigs I ever get offered are ones that I want to do’ Photograph: Ruth Medjber / ruthlessimagery.com

Last September, Maria Somerville moved from Cornamona in Galway to Dublin. The singer-songwriter feels at her most creative on the shores of the Co(...)

Parangolé P4 Cape 1 (1964). Photograph: Sergio Zalis

At the heart of the Irish Museum of Modern Art’s Summer Rising festival, which culminates on Saturday, is the work of Brazilian artist Hélio Oitici(...)

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,(...)

Icelandic musician Silla

‘Art has a value and a power in wild places,” says artist Luke Franklin of 4 Bothies, during one of the talks at this year’s Drop Everything on Ini(...)

“I love pop music. When that realisation hit, I started working on the idea of making tune that would sound amazing on radio”

On St Patrick’s Day, Daithí Ó Drónaí performed a gig in Dublin’s Mansion House on the same bill as Martin Hayes. Both are fiddle players from (...)

David Gray performing in Dublin in 2011. His latest incarnation is a vocal-led album and Irish tour in a supergroup of sorts, with his band featuring David Kitt, Lisa O’Neill, Mossy Nolan and more. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

David Gray, who gives an extremely enlightening and at times poetic talk at Banter in Foxy John’s pub earlier in the evening with Jim Carroll, has pre(...)

Anyone lucky enough to see Lisa O’Neill over the past year or two will be aware of what a captivating musician she is to watch. Any concerns that t(...)

Half the country might be stomping around the fields of Laois at the Electric Picnic this weekend, but if you believe good festivals come in small pac(...)

May Kay from Fight Like Apes lays down a track at Helium

Imagine my delight when a young lady at a gig last weekend asked me which band I was playing with. What had led her to this assumption? Was I emitt(...)