All the musicians from Into the Tradition on stage at the  NCH

Elemental and meandering, our music, songs and poetry have carved themselves into the fabric of who we are, and this celebration of the last 100 years(...)

Building blocks and recurring patterns: both are in abundance in The Gloaming 2. This five-piece coalition has already blown the door wide open on(...)

Take five: The Gloaming (from left) Dennis Cahill, Martin Hayes,  Thomas Bartlett, Iarla Ó Lionáird and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh. Photograph: Richard Gilligan

The Gloaming are contemplating a trip to the dark side. It’s a week before Christmas and the band are in a former mill in Wiltshire that now houses R(...)

Julie Fowlis

This year’s Temple Bar Tradfest is richly diverse, and features everything from a celebration of Donegal fiddler Johnny Doherty to a children’s céilí(...)

John Banville, Eavan Boland (pictured above) and John Montague are among the line-up for a Yeats 150th anniversary event at the National Concert Hall next month.

Rebellion at Stinging Fly The deadline for submissions to The Stinging Fly February 2016 issue is this Friday, August 14th. In the Wake of the (...)

Leon Walsh Vaughan, Kemal Souleyman and Zach Bay Hammond watch Kojak perform at the Caravan Club Extravaganza as part of the AKA in Kilkenny over the weekend. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

A couple of days at the Kilkenny Arts Festival can be akin to a close encounter with mind-altering substances. Want to change the way you see t(...)

For her solo debut of postcards not so much from the edge as from the heart, harpist Tríona Marshall has gathered an exceptional mix of melodies an(...)

Composer Dave Flynn. Photograph: John O’Neill

The cross-fertilisation of musical forms is nothing new. Just ask Bach, Dave Brubeck, Chris Thile or Seán Ó Riada. Baroque music has influenced jaz(...)

Portrait and landscape artist Mick O’Dea (centre) joined by some of the people he will paint for an evolving Kilkenny Arts Festival series, including (from left) actor Aisling O’Sullivan, Druid director Garry Hynes, actor  Derbhle Crotty  and Kilkenny Arts Festival director Eugene Downes. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Kilkenny Arts Festival renews its classical focus in a new programme revealed today by festival director Eugene Downes. Dominated by the world’s l(...)

Electric Picnic in Stradbally, Co Laois, which takes place in early September. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

JANUARY Yeats 2015 All year A national celebration of the life and work of the Nobel prize-winning poet, with an extensive programm(...)