I was 29 at the time, and I’d felt, both physically and emotionally, a little like garbage, for about as long as I could remember. I’d experienced chronic depression, fatigue, irritable stomach, and lightheadedness, as well as the acne. I’d spent the last two years trying everything I could think of to clean out my body

One night, the April before last, I was standing in my bathroom, brushing my teeth and scrutinizing my face in the mirror. As usual, I was assessin(...)

‘You always want to be the baddies, as well. Well, he’s not a baddie but he’s not the most lovable.’ Michael Ball on playing Mack Sennett in Mack and Mabel. Photograph: Manuel Harlan

In June this year, Michael Ball was awarded an OBE for his services to musical theatre. It’s been 30 years since he made his West End debut as Mari(...)

Tracey Thorn’s first book Bedsit Disco Queen was an understated chronicle of life as a musician. It wasn’t overtly confessional, but what made it so c(...)

Avril Stanley at Ballinlough Castle, Co Westmeath, venue for Body & Soul festival from June 19th to 21st. Photograph:  Shantanu Starick

Avril Stanley, originally from Galway, is director of the Body & Soul festival. She lives in Dublin with her son Jarah (6). What first insp(...)

The facade of the Windmill Lane site in Dublin’s docklands.

The demolition of the original Windmill Lane studios in Dublin’s docklands proved an emotional occasion for many U2 fans, whose musical heros were syn(...)

PJ Harvey, Kamikaze The guitars are disgustingly good. Missy Elliot, Get Ur Freak On Missy thrived in a gross section of mainstream hip h(...)

If Kate Bush’s early material has not played a part in Áine Duffy’s musical make-up, we’ll eat our proverbial hat. Unfortunately for the Cork nativ(...)

The new €3.57m West Cork Arts Centre in Skibbereen. Photograph: West Cork Arts Centre

Lyrics from the Kate Bush classic Running up that Hill form part of the inaugural exhibit at Ireland’s newest art centre. Over the past 10 days, the W(...)

Paul Noonan of Bell X1.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill
Review: Printer Clips

Printer ClipsVicar Street, Dublin ***At least three of the participants in this ensemble side project of BellX1’s Paul Noonan would have little proble(...)

It’s human nature to change your mind, but when that mind belongs to a musician, such changes can be viewed as whimsical, petulant, capricious or phar(...)