Paul Brady: ‘Music costs money to make. It has value. It should not be given away free. Shame on you, U2.’ Photograph: Joe St Leger/The Irish Times

Paul Brady has publicly criticised U2 over the band’s deal with Apple to release their new album for free to iTunes users. The Irish singer songwriter(...)

 Nina Carberry (left) and Jane Mangan after they were presented with the Mary Hyde cup having tied  as leading women rider for the national hunt season, on day one of the Galway Festival. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

In the grander scheme of things, the only tip that mattered on the first evening of Galway’s Race Week was to be found in the blue and gold colours i(...)

Singer songwriter Paul Simon onstage at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, with fellow artists prior to the Seamus Heaney tribute in association with Poetry Ireland and Dublin City Council as part of One City One Book. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

On Wednesday, April 23rd, Poetry Ireland and Dublin City Council hosted a magnificent event in the National Concert Hall to commemorate and celebrate (...)

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh bid farewell to President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina at the end of their official visit at Windsor Castle this morning. Photograph: Getty 1:47

The Queen bid farewell to President Michael D Higgins this morning, drawing to a close a historic four-day state visit to the UK. The p(...)

Avril MacRory: “People can make a film in their bedroom or on their iPhone that can reach the cinema.”

Better television may be one of the more unexpected benefits to come out of the global recession but, according to Avril MacRory, chief executi(...)

Reach for the bars
Festival Fit: Breaking Trad

The bar for this year’s festival gigs has been set unexpectedly early. It’d be easy to be dismissive of Temple Bar Tradfest, writing it off as an e(...)

Jazz musician Ahmad Jamal, left, plays Dublin’s Vicar Street this evening.

Temple Bar Tradfest, DublinDubliners should take the time this weekend to pop along to one of the TradFest events taking place in the city centre. On (...)

Sounds Irish: The Dubliners in 1966. Photograph: Brian Shuel/Redferns/Getty
An A-Z of music in Ireland
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  • October 19, 2013, 01:00

Air The air, or slow air, is a piece of traditional music that is generally not set in a given time signature and is without a regular sense of metre.(...)

Seamus Heaney’s remains are carried by his sons Michael (left) and Christopher (centre) and their uncle Barry Devlin  at the Church of the Sacred Heart Donnybrook. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Poet Seamus Heaney’s last words were in a text message to his wife Marie last Friday, minutes before he passed away, his son Michael said yesterday. “(...)

A piper leading the funeral of Seamus Heaney through Bellaghy yesterday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Seamus Heaney was laid to rest yesterday evening in a country churchyard in south Derry under the shade of sycamore and ash trees.“May the green sods (...)