Niall Byrne

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Willie Meighan of Rollercoaster Records in Kilkenny

Speaking to people about their passion and their time spent working in music is a pleasure, but all the talk of work evaporates in the face of life-ch(...)

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 (...)

Donal Scannell (left) with Jimmy Chamberlin and Matthew Luhn.

Disruption is an often-uttered word around tech but in the world of the music industry, it’s often met with hostility and resistance. Established labe(...)

Julie Cooper: “As an independent promoter, you have to as you do everything, you book the show, you run it, you’re the production person on the day, you might drive them from the hotel, or they might stay in your house, so you’ve got to love it.”

As an independent promoter, Julie Cooper knows how difficult it is to establish a foothold in a landscape dominated by big players. “I’d be reaching (...)

 Sting and Andy Summers performing with The Police at Croke Park in 2007, one of the gigs safety officer and event controller Sophie Ridley was responsible for. Photograph: Eric Luke

With so many gigs, festivals and shows happening on a regular basis, it’s easy to forget the amount of work that goes into putting on a well-run event(...)

Conor Wilson: Promoting music and putting on spaces for dancing and entertainment is something he’s always done. Photograph: Babs Daly

Earlier this year, Conor Wilson packed up his metropolitan Dublin life as commercial manager with Gay Community News (GCN) and co-founder of the gay c(...)

Angela Dorgan, head of First Music Contact and organiser of the annual Hard Working Class Heroes festival. Photograph: Ruth Medjber

Angela Dorgan has been called the fairy godmother of Irish music on more than one occasion. As the head of First Music Contact for more than 20 years,(...)

Inside De Barra’s, the folk club in Clonakilty.  Photograph: debarra.ie

As the keeper of the flame at De Barra’s, the folk club in Clonakilty, west Cork, that is known for its associations with artists such as Noel Redding(...)

‘140 musicians from 80 bands  drifting in and out of seven rooms to play, alongside the audience in an old radio and recording centre’

When I last spoke to Mary Hickson about Sounds From A Safe Harbour, the first edition of the festival hadn’t yet taken place and Hickson was in her la(...)

Some of the acts that will grace  Body & Soul’s Bandstage stage include Síomha, Penrose and WOB!

While it’s the big acts such as the xx, A Tribe Called Quest, Chaka Khan and Duran Duran that will dominate the headlines from Electric Picnic this we(...)

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