Marian Finucane: Sidesteps any creeping unpleasantness during a discussion on rural crime.

Gangs roaming with impunity, innocent families kidnapped for petty sums, terrified householders arming themselves to protect elderly relatives, a G(...)

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(...)

Bringing It All Back Home, Philip King’s TV series, introduced many of us to the Kentucky-born singer-songwriter Jean Ritchie. As a Fulbright schol(...)

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. (...)