Ted Nugent performs  prior to the arrival of  Donald Trump and Mike Pence for their final campaign event of the 2016 presidential election. Photograph: Jeff Kowalsky/AFP/Getty

When Donald Trump was asked about his position on the arts during his campaign, his answer revealed a lot. He replied by referencing the decorative pl(...)

 Bruce Springsteen performs on stage during The River Tour at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid, Spain this week. Photo:  EPA/JP Gandul

‘I’m standing on his stage, in Nowlan Park, Kilkenny, with my band Delorentos’ Ro Yourell, musician I’ve been a fan of the Boss all my life, sinc(...)

Saul Williams: “I started to earn money from reading poems. I didn’t even know you could do that.” Photograph: Geordie Wood

Struggling for recognition never came into it for US poet, writer and actor Saul Williams. On a dodgy phone line from Paris, a city he lived in fro(...)

Bringing It All Back Home, Philip King’s TV series, introduced many of us to the Kentucky-born singer-songwriter Jean Ritchie. As a Fulbright schol(...)

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(...)

“After any seasonal scandal escapes from the shadows, we revert to our well-practised, handwringing default mode. Expressions of grave concern are chimed out with calls for transparency and accountability, as though we had never thought of these before.” Photograph:  Collins

The concept of ombudsman, with its origin in Nordic lands, has been adopted and developed throughout the world and is recognised as being compl(...)

There’ll be an evening of Pete Seeger banter and song in Sandinos in Derry tonight, organised by anti-fracking activist Teknopeasant (aka Conor(...)

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(...)

Pylons – the final frontier and a  dangerous space for Captain Kenny of the Enterprise economy

It was like an episode of Star Trek yesterday, with a touch of The Wombles and some American folk music thrown in for good measure. Pylons – the final(...)

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(...)