What is a 25-year-old Chicago-based acoustic guitarist doing picking up the scent of the 1970s British folk-jazz movement? Well, Walker li(...)

If medals were awarded for service beyond the call of making Ireland safe for country music, then Niall Toner would be bent over with the weight of(...)

Songs have lives. And great songs can have great and interesting lives. Take Blackbirds, a haunting song of murderous circumstance first h(...)

Hollyweird actor supreme Chuck Norris ludicrously warned in 2012 that “a vote for Obama would bring a thousand years of darkness”. It set (...)

If David Lynch were to reset Blue Velvet in the wilds of West Cork, then Anna Mitchell’s evocative, dark songs of life and love’s painful kiss woul(...)

The Unthanks tend to lark about onstage, but when they play they infuse their work with a rare sensuality and seriousness. Sisters Becky and Rachel(...)

Alex Highton’s second album surfaced towards year’s end, but any waves of wonder were lost in the pre-Christmas shemozzle. The Scouser sin(...)

Eric Bibb: Blues People
  • Music
  • December 18, 2014, 16:00

Rosewood, Florida, was not a place to be if your skin was black in January 1923. Nor should it have been a place to be if your skin was wh(...)

Leonard Cohen: Live in Dublin
  • Music
  • December 11, 2014, 16:00

“Tonight I’ll promise you that we’ll give you everything we’ve got . . .” And so Leonard Cohen and his merry men and women kicked off their sh(...)

Lynne Hanson: River of Sand
  • Music
  • December 4, 2014, 16:00

With a cover which references Géricault’s classic painting of foreboding, The Raft of the Medusa – as did The Pogues on Rum, Sodomy and the La(...)