It is all too easy to cherry-pick the influences of this Dublin and Waterford sextet: echoes of folk acts Laura Marling, Fleet Foxes and (although the(...)

Billie Holliday singing Strange Fruit: There will never be a protest song as potent and affecting

To continue the protest theme in The Ticket this week, a look at the bleak future for all forms of popular music. Over the past three decades, there h(...)

Dublin band Villagers have been nominated twice for the Mercury Prize. Photograph: Rich Gilligan

Dublin band Villagers face tough competition from soul singer Laura Mvula to claim the Mercury Prize,the Booker Prize of the music world, tonight . Bi(...)

Laura Marling plays at Crawdaddy at the Electric Picnic in 2010. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

When it comes to open-air music festival shenanigans in the current economic climate, 10 is a big number. At this stage you’ve laid out your stall, yo(...)

Sing out sisters

The most beautiful song ever written about love and loss is Emmylou Harris’s From Boulder to Birmingham. Written just after the death of her beloved G(...)

‘What these moments led me to consider, between the bastardisation of the manifestation of a daydream of the brain of an architect, and the sim(...)

Much of Laura Marling’s press has focused on her precocious talent, her ability to craft songs with a maturity unsurpassed by her peer(...)

Marika Hackman may look like just another girl with a guitar, but dig deeper into her music and you’ll unearth surprising quirks and dark twist(...)