Saul Williams: “I started to earn money from reading poems. I didn’t even know you could do that.” Photograph: Geordie Wood

Struggling for recognition never came into it for US poet, writer and actor Saul Williams. On a dodgy phone line from Paris, a city he lived in fro(...)

Every now and again, an album wends its way into the ether than shakes up our sense of the known musical world. Cork Gamelan Ensemble do just (...)

Mel Mercier: ‘A wonderful thing about gamelan music is it’s quintessential ensemble music’

The gamelan, a collection of traditional Javanese percussive instruments, has been skirting the periphery of our musical landscape for more than tw(...)

Singer/songwriter Kevin Nolan: ‘I wanted to write about mental anguish and found St Dymphna, the patron saint of mental illness’

I sum up my life with this paragraph: composition, writing, prose, poetry, girlfriend, collaborator, illness (schizo-affective disorder), my father(...)

The Girl Who Believed in Magic Project Arts Centre, Dublin **For her first miracle, in a new performance reportedly inspired by magic, the musician Ju(...)

A performance by comedian Tommy Tiernan; the First Fortnight mental health festival; and Leinster v Ulster are among the events taking place in Dublin this weekend.
What’s on this weekend?

A guide to what’s on around the country this weekend: First Fortnight An ideal tonic to the new year blues, the First Fortnight creative ar(...)

One of the most unusual events at this year’s First Fortnight is Co-Motion at St Stephen’s Green this Sunday at 2pm. Celebrating the healing power (...)

Jennifer Evans: “I operate at an extremely slow pace because I’m trying to understand what I am writing about”

The musical moments that matter are the ones where a connection is made. Jennifer Evans is recalling some of her musical connections down the years(...)

Ed Sheeran: four nights in a row at Dublin's O2 in October

One season ends and another begins. As the outdoor shows run out of road, it’s time to return to the indoor halls, clubs and arenas. Many would arg(...)

Singer David Gray continues his return to the Irish stage at the Groove Festival in Bray, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

TraidphicnicThe traditional arts and music festival with a difference takes place in An Spidéal,Co Galway this weekend.Traidphicnic is an access for a(...)