Singer Róisín  Murphy on stage in London last year. Photograph: Simone Joyner/WireImage

The Olympia **** “Who is the real Róisín Murphy?”, asks Róisín Murphy, near the end of her powerhouse performance at the Olympia, her first headline(...)

Saoirse Ronan arrives for the British Independent Film Awards   in December. “In terms of acting talent, it’s almost ridiculous the extent to which Irish male and female actors punch above their weight internationally.” Photograph: Will Oliver

Before the Oscar nominations are revealed this week, it is impossible not to assume multiple nominations for the Irish. When that happens, you have to(...)

 Katie Holly at her three-bedroom home on Wolseley Street. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Amid the current debate about the under-representation of women in Irish film and theatre, producer Katie Holly is breaking all the rules. Havi(...)

Aching sincerity: Seal was “always a pretty confident person” Photograph: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty

‘You’ve got Seal on the line for the next 20 minutes.” “Brilliant,” I say. “Brilliant,” says a familiar honeyed voice doing a bad Irish accent. “Ha, I(...)

Mother and daughter Louise Conville and Jacqui Costigan, from Carlow at Electric Picnic. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Fifty thousand people arrive at Stradbally in a Wacky Races traffic jam of campers, buses and jalopies. They’re here to commune with nature via massiv(...)

Blur’s headline set on  Saturday night is expected to be one of the highlights of   Electric Picnic 2015. File photograph: PA

For the first time in its 11-year history, the Electric Picnic will have more than 50,000 people on site at Stradbally, Co Laois, this weekend. What (...)

Damon Albarn and the  Blur who have been confirmed as headliners for this year’s Electric Picnic

Blur have been confirmed as one of the headline acts for this year's Electric Picnic. The former Britpop stalwarts have just released their fir(...)

Duncan Wallis (second from left) of Dutch Uncles describes their new album as like ‘Grace Jones fronting Talking Heads’

Weirdos. Oddballs. Eccentrics. When it comes to his band Dutch Uncles, Duncan Wallis has heard it all. It’s meant in the most complimentary manner,(...)

She’s one of the most compelling singers to ever grab a microphone and glare down the barrel of an audience, but how much do we really know about G(...)

Musician Adrian Crowley, who is currently working on his first fiction collection. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill
On song at Cuirt

So which musician would fellow musicians most like to read a book by? That was one of the questions journalist Jim Carroll put to his panel of (...)