RM Hubbert: his other main asset – and here X Factor wannabes will break down in jealous tears – is his lacerating wit

The musician RM Hubbert has the sort of backstory that you can’t make up, and he’s smart enough to use it in a set. About 15 minutes into a recent sol(...)

Finbar Furey: ‘I knew I’d never be able to play the pipes as well again,’ he says of an injury to his shoulder. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Finbar Furey loves the idea of his music bringing people together. This happened at the World Cup in 1994, he says, when Holland were playing Irela(...)

Hozier: no theatrics, no posturing

One day in spring this year, Andrew Hozier-Byrne was walking down Parliament Street in Dublin with his guitar case. He had just returned from an Am(...)

Alt-J: “We get to go home after touring to live completely normal lives, and then go back on tour to play at being rock stars. It’s incredible, and we’re hoping that’ll continue for a long time,”

Sudden success doesn’t always translate into sudden rushes of blood to the head – not if you’re a member of Alt-J, anyway. It seems that the remaining(...)

Andy Parfitt, former controller of BBC Radio 1, who will speak at the Radiodays Europe conference in Dublin next week

How can radio managers get the best out of on-air talent? According to former BBC Radio 1 controller Andy Parfitt, who will address this questi(...)

The Beatles in 1967: ‘Paul filled the vacuum after Brian Epstein died. I think John was a bit begrudging. George was very introverted. Ringo was depicted as the joker, but I thought he was quite wise’

Paul Howard, biographer of Tara Browne, the 1960s peer, scenester and alleged subject of the Beatles song A Day in the Life, is chatting to film-maker(...)

Well-written, with his wry and arch sense of humour much in display, there is perhaps a bit too much score-settling at times in Morrissey’s Autobiography. Photograph: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

First it was being published by Penguin, and then it was pulled at the last-minute; then it was being published by Penguin Classic (home to Virgil,(...)

“Teenage dreams so hard to beat.” The words from the Undertones’ joyous hymn to young love have been swabbed out by the overzealous authorities. Photograph: Pacemaker

Living in the North, you learn to value the small things that make you feel normal, the things that make you feel connected to a wider, more multi-dim(...)

Ayse Hassan, Gemma Thompson, Jehnny Beth and Fay Milton of Savages

‘I used to stay up late to listen to John Peel as a teenager. I’d sneak into the kitchen, so I wouldn’t wake up my parents, and dance in my soc(...)

Stars on 45: Richard Dormer and Michael Colgan in Good Vibrations
Middle-aged kicks

Richard Dormer ’s time has surely come. The amiable Northern Irish actor and writer, now 43, has been working hard for the last two decades. At(...)