The Lost Brothers are true to their name. These gentle, melancholic Americana tracks lend a faraway look to their musical vision. This is the first(...)

It’s tricky being a musician these days. At least that’s what Richard Thompson thinks. “This is a tough time to be getting into music,” he recently(...)

Something mighty interesting is stirring in Wexford. At the centre is guitarist Paul Creane, who writes and sings all 12 songs on this impressive seco(...)

The Delines: Colfax
  • Music
  • April 25, 2014, 00:00

In writer Willy Vlautin’s monochrome world there are no happy endings – just enough light to keep hope alive. His work with Richmond Fontaine o(...)

O’Hooley & Tidow: The Hum
  • Music
  • March 14, 2014, 00:00

This album seems apt, this being the season of all things green. Belinda O’Hooley and Heidi Tidow are partners in music and life. They seem like st(...)

Bruce Springsteen: High Hopes
  • Music
  • January 10, 2014, 00:00

On the face of it Bruce Springsteen’s 18th studio album is an unlikely collection of covers, re-recordings and surplus songs loosely themed around (...)

Patty Griffin: ‘I don’t have a naturally strong voice. I have to work like an athlete to keep it’

‘I wrote a lot of it before he died. I was kind of bracing myself for that because you know it was going to be big. I was connected to him pretty s(...)

Son Volt: Honky Tonk
  • Music
  • March 29, 2013, 00:00

When country music is good, it can be very good. But it could be argued that although Son Volt’s celebration of the honky tonk strain hi(...)

The Blues were once the well- spring of popular music, but it’s a long time since they ruled the world – though its spirit, and occasionally it(...)

It’s nearly 40 years since Emmylou Harris gave a young Texan singer-songwriter his big break when she signed him up for her aptly named Hot Ban(...)