Singer songwriter Paul Simon onstage at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, with fellow artists prior to the Seamus Heaney tribute in association with Poetry Ireland and Dublin City Council as part of One City One Book. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

On Wednesday, April 23rd, Poetry Ireland and Dublin City Council hosted a magnificent event in the National Concert Hall to commemorate and celebrate (...)

Traditional musician Donal Lunny playing at the launch of MusicTown in The Mansion House last night. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Rock band Bell X1, folk singer Lisa O’Neill, traditional legend Donal Lunny and classical pianist Fionnuala Moynihan were among the performers (...)

Kicking off last year’s Kilkenny Tradfest: Dervish, Dónal Lunny, Sharon Shannon, Phil Coulter and more are in town for this year’s festival. Photograph: Evelyn McNamara

You didn’t get a float ready in time; you’ve had your fill of vintage cars and floral tractors; green doesn’t suit you or crowds don’t agree with y(...)

The Olllam

Traditional music tends to concentrate much of its energies on the summer season, when long evenings lend themselves to the seepage of sessions outsid(...)

Renewable energy powers the music of Andy Irvine. He’s always in hot pursuit of new perspectives, and his more recent live performances have been i(...)

Masterclass: school stalwarts Donal Lunny and Paddy Glackin
Trad’s slow-burning winter warmer

Through good times and bad, Ireland has never wanted for festivals. Traditional music is awash with gatherings: fleadhanna, summer schools, sessions a(...)

The Leitrim Equation 3
  • Music
  • December 6, 2013, 00:00

Accents local and regional have been central to our traditional music for generations. But they have have morphed over the years as the world has s(...)

Reference archive: singer Eddie Butcher at Féile na Bóinne in 1977. Photograph: Joe Dowdall/ITMA
Thinking outside the squeeze box

A quarter of a century is a long time by anyone’s reckoning. Governments form and fall, families begin and grow up, and artists come and go, their rep(...)

John Grant at Airwaves: does full dramatic justice to his talents as a songwriter and performer. Photograph: Thyrza Ging

For those given to flying to music festivals, Airwaves is fast becoming an essential destination. It’s easy to see why. On the main festival front, 11(...)

Sounds Irish: The Dubliners in 1966. Photograph: Brian Shuel/Redferns/Getty
An A-Z of music in Ireland
  • Books
  • October 19, 2013, 01:00

Air The air, or slow air, is a piece of traditional music that is generally not set in a given time signature and is without a regular sense of metre.(...)