Willis Earl Beal at the Sugar Club, Dublin.

Mark Murphy would previously describe the Sugar Club on Dublin’s Leeson Street as his “spiritual home”, so it came as little surprise when he started (...)

Charles Bradley performing in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2014. the singer dies on Saturday aged 68. Photograph: Ron Harris/AP

Fame came late to the soul singer Charles Bradley, who died on Saturday of cancer aged 68. He did not record his first single until 2002, and made his(...)

George Clinton: coming to a Beatyard near you

The Beatyard festival in Dun Laoghaire has just released its stage times and site map for this weekend’s festival, which takes over the former ferry (...)

You may not be able to tell from the style of music that their band peddles, but Bryce and Aaron Dessner were teenage Deadheads. The guitarists (...)

One of the best music docs of recent years was Twenty Feet From Stardom, about unheralded backing singers. For many years, New Yorkers Sau(...)

So  very chilled out: Ronan Sherman (left) and Dave McCarthy, both from BishopsTown, Cork, and David Stephenson, Monkstown, Co Cork,  at the Body and Soul festival at Ballinlough Castle, Clonmellon, Co Westmeath. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish  Times

In the sprawling Body and Soul festival site at Ballinlough Castle in Co Westmeath, no pole goes unwrapped in bright fabric. There’s hardly a forest c(...)

Charles Bradley is making up for lost time. After spending 40 years banging out soul music in bars from New York to Alaska with no real (...)