The quieter moments are the most satisfying on Welch’s fifth album

The Canadians have ditched the pomp in favour of emotive songs that connect

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Paul Noonan and Daithí Ó Drónaíi. Noonan is best known for his role fronting indie stalwarts Bell X1, and the mononymous Daithí as a producer of electronic music.

The former Bell X1 frontman and the electronica artist forge a new musical endeavour

Orla Gartland: ‘I thought that I was the most talented songwriter on a road in Drumcondra, and now I’m like, bottom of the food chain, starting from scratch.’

Dublin musician on life in London, growing a career online and her debut record

Will Young: ‘It was as much about the artist and what they represented, as it was about the songs.’

Two decades after winning Pop Idol, Young’s latest work is a covers album full of experience

English artist’s second album features collaborations Little Mix and Niall Horan

Charlene: seven years after its original release, in 1975, I’ve Never Been to Me began to climb back up the charts.

The singer of the 1980s hit I’ve Never Been to Me has just released a new album


Rapper MuRli and producer Kobina have teamed up for an auspicious collaboration

With Bono’s son Elijah as frontman, Dublin four-piece are a sound prospect

Introduction of beats and electronic elements overhauling many songs in the album

Glossy, well-rounded pop collection mixes schmaltzy love songs and upbeat bangers

The Northern Irish musician’s voice is her greatest strength on an album of two halves

John Grant: “We always knew that it wasn’t all sunshine, lollipops and rainbows, right?”

The songwriter has delved into his early years for his latest album, Boy from Michigan

Amid the political and social turmoil, frontwoman Shirley Manson also gets personal

New members Liam and Elroy Finn add spark to the band’s first album in a decade

Album somewhat lacking precision but Wright’s heart is in the right place

Pretenders frontwoman’s album of Bob Dylan covers is a charming mixed bag

The spectre of trauma hangs over Constance Keane’s debut album

It’s too long and too in thrall to Blue-era Joni Mitchell, but there’s much to like here

Teenage Fanclub: (left to right) Raymond McGinley, Norman Blake, Dave McGowan, Euros Childs and Francis McDonald. Photograph: Donald Milne

Norman Blake on the band’s 10th album, made without bassist and founding member Gerard Love

Lou Barlow’s two tracks are the standouts as J Mascis and co continue in their usual vein

The Brewis brothers – David and Peter.

Flat White Moon is undoubtedly one of the best in the band’s eclectic back catalogue

Reid hasn’t addressed many micro-aggressions women in music industry regularly have to contend with – until now

Cry Baby: Noel Hogan and Bronagh Gallager

Noel Hogan and Bronagh Gallagher have made a new single together – completely remotely

Leagues O’Toole: ‘When the virus first emerged, quite quickly I lost my job – as did most of my colleagues’

MusicTown is online-only for a second year, filling a creative void caused by the pandemic

May sounds completely at ease with the musician and the woman she has become

Songwriter’s eighth album is a low-key affair that does not need to shout to be heard

Cillian and Lorcan Byrne’s debut album shapes their influences into something new

David Balfe throws himself into these songs wholeheartedly, he runs the gamut of anger, pain, nostalgia and sadness

Brian Crosby’s  solo debut is called Imbrium.

After almost three decades in the music industry, Brian Crosby has just released his solo debut

Film-maker Myles O’Reilly’s hypnotic compositions are made to soothe the soul

The core band members: Pádraig Meehan, Barry Brennan and Eddie Lee.

The Mission Sessions is the first full-length album from Those Nervous Animals

You wouldn’t bet against the Kildare singer finding a bigger international audience

A moving second album that draws on everything from misogyny, #MeToo and the cervical cancer scandal

The Bray trio’s second album goes further down the rabbit-hole of soul-pop and r’n’b

The Dublin electro-popper’s debut starts unremarkably, but soon shows promise

Django Django’s fourth album features guest vocals from Charlotte Gainsbourg.  Photograph: Horacio Bolz

The fourth album from the London-based band is aptly titled Glowing in the Dark

Fifth album from Tamara Lindeman and her band is both upbeat and personal

Foo Fighters: Taylor Hawkins, Pat Smear, Dave Grohl, Chris Shiflett, Nate Mendel and Rami Jaffee

Dave Grohl on YouTube drum battles with a 10-year-old, and the band’s Mariah Carey fan

A refreshing collection of songs and one of the first great albums of the year

You never quite know which way any of these songs are going to swing

Aaron Frazer is well versed in classic soul and his first solo foray stays true to his roots.

Baltimore singer’s tender falsetto is leavened by a moderate grittiness

This unexpected release is as wholesome and solid a pop-rock album as you’re likely to hear in 2020

Make-up artist and influence Tara Anderson is looking forward to Christmas in her new home.

Make-up artist and influencer Tara Anderson finally has her dream space to call her own

Los Angeles-based Irish singer-songwriter Ruth-Anne Cunningham

Singer on her favourite memories and the best and worst presents she has received

These live recordings from the band’s Boaty Weekender gigs are a ray of needed sunshine

Paul Kinsella at home with his fiance Mark and their dog Penny.

Festive design tips from Paul Kinsella, Lynn Ferrari, Karen Coleman and Yvonne Purcell

Caroline Foran with Barry Doyle and Caelan Doyle.

Author and podcaster Caroline Foran is looking forward to enjoying the small things

A Gibson guitar is on CMAT’s Christmas wish-list this year.

All I want: Dublin singer Ciara Mary-Alice Thompson on G&Ts with ‘notions’

Nealo: ‘I love Fairytale of New York, because even though it’s overplayed, I have good memories of my dad singing it with my mam cringing in the background.’

Dublin rapper Nealo on New Year’s resolutions and who’s on his naughty list this Christmas

Lottie Ryan: ‘We’d been talking about getting a dog for years’

Radio presenter is excited to make her adorable puppy an official member of the family

Hazel Chu at Mansion House. Photograph: Alan Betson

Dublin’s Lord Mayor says the Covid-19 pandemic has emphasised the importance of family


Such wild disdain for conformity can often be enthralling but it doesn’t quite work here

“The best-smelling man in Ireland”: Bernard O’Shea plans to buy Marty Morrissey aftershave for Christmas. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

Comedian recalls his favourite Christmas memory – buying his wife a vacuum cleaner

Chef Adrian Martin has has been running his London restaurant, Wildflower, from his apartment in Dublin.

Adrian Martin on opening his own restaurant, loss and how to make tasty sprouts

Norwegian musician has managed to wrest something very beautiful from depths of her grief

Accidental spokesman for the Irish Black Lives Matter movement lays out his blueprint for global domination on his debut album

Sophie Ellis-Bextor: perennially-underestimated

Greatest hits collection reborn from pandemic gigs recorded in her kitchen

Debut album from Dublin trio wears its 1990s grunge influences with pride

Arguably the band’s last great album, the reissue sees them at their consistent best

A voice for the millennial generation is overdue. We could have a contender

Sligo-based musician’s softly embellished folk is reminiscent of Mercury Rev

Paddy Hanna accepts that he has made an album that takes time to get to know, but one that is possibly his most beautifully-crafted.

The musician admits there was a low period before he began making his third album

Arguably not too well, though there’s plenty to stir the spirit on reissued vinyl

Zambian-born, Irish-raised rapper has an eloquence, intelligence and ability to engage when it comes to the big issues troubling t(...)

There is plenty to return to in the Bristol punks’ third album – if you have the stamina


The accidental pop star on lockdown, her aesthetic and ‘horrific’ modern pop

The Wicklow native’s fifth solo album is an especially relevant album for these times

It’s a particularly thrilling time for Irish music – here’s our countdown of the finest

After an 11-year hiatus, the trio reconvene with nothing to prove and plenty to say

Coughlan’s emotions dart between aggrieved injustice, acceptance and resilience

The Cork indie band’s album is easygoing, jangly 1990s with grungey basslines

There is gold to be mined with every listen of Conor Oberst and company’s 10th album

This is a somewhat predictable but very fine rock album from the altered line-up

Tor Maries’ one-woman band offers a righteous and amusing critique of our time

Familiarity and foreboding permeate Georgina and Una McGeough’s debut

Perhaps galvanised by these truth-telling songs, her voice has never sounded better

A rewarding marriage of Peter Murphy’s wordplay and Jinx Lennon-esque punk style

Eighth album from country-pop trio mines personal material like never before

A list that reflects contemporary Irish music as much as it pays its respects to the past

Excellent first offering built on post-punk murky basslines and savage riffs

Mike Skinner: ‘I was  absolutely sure that I was never going to make any more Streets music.’ Photograph: Universal

Back with a new mixtape, the man behind The Streets reflects on his career and mental health struggles

At 62, Weller is clearly not interested in resting on his considerable laurels

Los Angeles sisters document personal difficulties on their best album yet

Too often, Legend’s overbearing sentimentality scuppers his talent as a musician

A trio of singers and songwriters with obvious influences – but they make it work

Jeremy Hickey finds a groove that shifts, shimmers, pops and clatters over the course of 10 songs

On the Charlatans frontman’s fifth solo album there’s lots going on in every song, but it never feels overcooked

Theatrical, tongue-in-cheek art-pop which is melodically potent

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Dubliner’s short debut album is certainly not lacking in charm or dynamics

And So I Watch You from Afar man Rory Friers’s wedding gift to his sister is a lo-fi gem

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