Jack O’Rourke:  “It wasn’t a  conscious decision  to write a coming-out song . . . but Silence did seem resonate with a lot of people, both men and women”

A singer-songwriter whose composition about coming out was adopted by Amnesty International in the marriage equality referendum is hoping the song wil(...)

Singer Joni Mitchell: has won eight Grammys in her career

Singer Joni Mitchell is in intensive care in hospital and fans have been asked to “light a candle” for her.A statement on her official website, JoniMi(...)

Perennial comparisons to the greats (Joni Mitchell, Carole King et al) would weigh heavily on any young songwriter’s shoulders. Perhaps that’s(...)

The Europa Hotel in Belfast: The trip promises a stay at the hotel “which was bombed and refurbished a staggering 28 times during the Troubles”. Photograph: Paul Mcerlane/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Funds of Sinn Féin, sorry, Friends of Sinn Féin recently alerted American subscribers to its mailing list about a 1916- themed trip to the Auld Sod. “(...)

Actor/director Steven Berkoff: ‘If there’s anything that the establishment can’t bear, it’s someone who stands out. You could say the same thing about any radical person, starting from Jesus Christ.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

“Not many people realise this, but you don’t actually learn anything at art college any more; however, you do have to go there to find that out.” A(...)

Soundtrack to an era: Joni Mitchell in the 1970s. Photograph: Henry Diltz/Rhino

‘Okay, what do you want to know?” Joni Mitchell opens the conversation with a question that would stump anyone. Where do you start? She’s in her ki(...)

Dave Fanning: “The J1 is one of the most important things you do as a student”

DAVE FANNING Music journalist and broadcaster Massachusetts, 1974 On my first day in New York I ordered a “baggle”, meaning a bagle. I ordere(...)

To hear her music, you would assume that Emma Tricca had spent her life completely immersed in English folk culture. The young Italian’s second album (...)

DAN CROLL It’s time for Dan Croll’s fantasy festival. Where would you hold it? Somewhere with the natural landscape for it, maybe the Minack Th(...)

Wayne Shorter: ‘If there’s a lot of praise, where are the record sales?’ Photograph: Keith Tsuji/Getty

For Wayne Shorter, the past is not just another country, it’s a distant galaxy. Only now matters. It’s what you would expect from an iconic jazz music(...)