Alison O’Donnell: has just released her second solo album Climb Sheer the Fields of Peace

In another life, Alison O’Donnell may have been a household name. We could have been meeting in an upmarket restaurant that she had been chauffeured t(...)

Surrendering to the yarragh: Van Morrison at Orangefield High, his old school in Belfast, in August 2014. Photograph: Exile Productions

Van Morrison’s music as I hear it holds a story – a story made of fragments. There is in his music, from the very first, a kind of quest: for the m(...)

Nigel Mooney scored what, for an Irish jazz musician, amounted to a smash hit when his 2005 debut album, All My Love’s in Vain, reached the heady h(...)