Surprise surprise: Sheridan Smith as Cilla Black

Back in the heyday of light entertainment, Cilla Black was huge, a proper television personality whose shows Surprise Surprise and Blind Date were rat(...)

Ryan Tubridy was  safely ensconced in the BBC Radio 2 studio as Irish  newspapers dissected 2fm’s latest listenership figures

Not for the first time, Ryan Tubridy will have been glad last Friday to have been safely ensconced in the BBC Radio 2 studios. In Ireland, the head(...)

Their name may bear a resemblance to another famed song-writing duo from the 1980s, but in fact Darren Morrissey and Greg Marshall’s musical in(...)

Singer Donovan gave a lecture on the White Album, one of a series of 12 lectures on each of The Beatles’ albums taking place to mark the 50th anniversary of the band’s only Irish concert. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Beatles were at the height of their powers after the release of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in 1967. They could have luxuriated in the be(...)

Donovan  during a soundcheck ahead of his talk about The Beatles’  White Album on the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ only Irish concert which was being celebrated in  the Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin, tonight.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Renowned folk singer Donovan was to speak tonight in Trinity College Dublin on how he influenced The Beatles’ White Album. Donovan spent eight weeks w(...)

Twist and shout: The Beatles after arriving at Dublin Airport in November 1963, with Paul Russell (left) and  Frank Hall of RTÉ. Photograph: Lensmen Photographic Agency/irishphotoarchive.ie

The journey made by the phenomenon known as The Beatles was remarkably short – just nine years – but their winding road had its share of twists and tu(...)

American country music and western music singer Slim Whitman. Photograph: Edward Miller/Keystone/Getty Images

As a child Ottis Dewey Whitman jnr, who was born in Tampa, Florida, liked to listen to Jimmie Rodgers yodel on the family radio. After leaving high sc(...)

A custom-made electric guitar played by the late John Lennon and George Harrison  sold at a New York auction yesterday for $408,000. Photograph: Julien’s Gallery/Reuters

A custom-made electric guitar played by the late John Lennon and George Harrison of the Beatles sold at a New York auction yesterday for $408,0(...)

Richie Havens: improvised the anthem ‘Freedom’ on stage. Photograph: Getty Images

Richie Havens, who has died of a heart attack aged 72, is best known for his opening performance at the historic 1969 Woodstock festival. (...)

Iggy and the Stooges performing at Mohawk during the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas this month. Photograph: Josh Haner/The New York Times

The gap between the truly great and the merely good is always widening. There has never been so much music, film, literature, TV, art, theatre (...)