Kanye West, a man and artist full of unresolved contradictions

It’s a common complaint that music today just doesn’t have the political edge it used to way back when. For some, the golden age of protest music i(...)

Ian O’Riordan with his signed album at the spot on Dublin’s Leeson Street where he met Dylan in 1995

The plan was to hang around the Point Depot for the afternoon and act like one of the roadies. There is no easy way of getting to Bob Dylan, only t(...)

Restore Our Palace Road Group members (from front) Leo Moran Tom Niland, Cllr Shaun Cunniffe, Connie Goss, Steve Lane, Eleanor Joyce and Andy Newman beside the car park at O’Toole’s SupeValu in Tuam. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Leo Moran never quite thought of himself as a latter-day Woody Guthrie. Musician with the Saw Doctors and, lately, the Cabin Collective, he has(...)

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(...)

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 photographed in Beacon, New York state, in August 2010. Photograph: Andrew Sullivan/The New York Times

Pete Seeger, who helped create the modern American folk music movement, co-wrote enduring songs such as If I Had a Hammer and became a leading voice f(...)

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(...)

From the heart: Christy Moore

Christy Moore is thinking about the songs he never wrote. The ones that remained unfinished, the ones that resisted polishing, the ones that failed to(...)

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(...)

Chris Wood; ‘A lot of writers appear, to my ear, to be trammelled’

Few artists are documenting the reality of this recession with the belly punch that Woody Guthrie landed during America’s great dustbowl Depression. G(...)