Jim McCann in 1966: Photograph: Michael O’Reilly

“Strange how potent cheap music is,” Noël Coward observed. The career of Jim McCann, a folksinger who performed as a solo artist and a sometime member(...)

Geraldine Branagan, Phil Coulter and Eamonn Campbell at the funeral at Mount Jerome, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Jim McCann was “one of the brightest, wittiest, and sweetest men I ever knew,” songwriter Phil Coulter said at the singer’s funeral in Dublin. “He wa(...)

Ireland’s players singing ‘Ireland’s Call’. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Ireland’s Call. It’s just a song, right? Four-line verse, four-line chorus, key change, four-line chorus again. Shoulder to shoulder, all that malarke(...)

Hozier: no theatrics, no posturing

One day in spring this year, Andrew Hozier-Byrne was walking down Parliament Street in Dublin with his guitar case. He had just returned from an Am(...)

Camille O’Sullivan and Feargal Murray. Photograph: Alan Betson

Camille O’Sullivan is a singer and actor. She became an architect and, after a near-fatal car crash in 1999, a full-time performance artist. She now t(...)

Northern Ireland’s Paddy Barnes celebrates winning gold in the light flyweight category at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Photograph: Ian McNicol/Inpho.

The BBC dedicated six channels to their coverage of the Commonwealth Games. For a conglomerate of minority sports, it got quite a showing.A corner of (...)

Kicking off last year’s Kilkenny Tradfest: Dervish, Dónal Lunny, Sharon Shannon, Phil Coulter and more are in town for this year’s festival. Photograph: Evelyn McNamara

You didn’t get a float ready in time; you’ve had your fill of vintage cars and floral tractors; green doesn’t suit you or crowds don’t agree with y(...)

Pat Hume with her husband and former SDLP leader John Hume and Bill Clinton walk across the Peace Bridge. Photograph: Jonathan Porter

We learned two things from Bill Clinton’s visit to Derry: the first was that the former US president wants politicians to get on with it and co(...)

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(...)

A choir in tune with its sexuality

The Glória choir are wearing black tonight, accented with a rainbow of ties in solid colours for the men and big red-silk flowers for the women. When (...)