“After any seasonal scandal escapes from the shadows, we revert to our well-practised, handwringing default mode. Expressions of grave concern are chimed out with calls for transparency and accountability, as though we had never thought of these before.” Photograph:  Collins

The concept of ombudsman, with its origin in Nordic lands, has been adopted and developed throughout the world and is recognised as being compl(...)

There’ll be an evening of Pete Seeger banter and song in Sandinos in Derry tonight, organised by anti-fracking activist Teknopeasant (aka Conor(...)

The singer, song collector and songwriter Pete Seeger, who has died aged 94, spearheaded the American folk music revival of the 1960s and spent a long(...)

Pylons – the final frontier and a  dangerous space for Captain Kenny of the Enterprise economy

It was like an episode of Star Trek yesterday, with a touch of The Wombles and some American folk music thrown in for good measure. Pylons – the final(...)

Luke Kelly performing in a London club circa 1964. Photograph: Brian Shuel/Redferns

Luke Kelly died 30 years ago today, aged just 43. His legacy consists of his own achievements, and his influence, which lives on in the intonations of(...)

Pete Seeger, who helped create the modern American folk music movement, co-wrote enduring songs like If I Had a Hammer and in turn became a leading voice for social justice, died yesterday at the age of 94.

Pete Seeger, who helped create the modern American folk music movement, co-wrote enduring songs like If I Had a Hammer and in turn became a leading v(...)

Temper-Mental MissElayneous

Once upon a time music was the news. Accounts of battles, rebellions and atrocities travelled from place to place in songs. There were patriotic an(...)