Lesley Roy’s Maps is Ireland’s Eurovision entry for 2021

Plus: the first Eurovision, the most covered song, the year with more than one winner

Moby: ‘It’s ill-advised to let your sense of self and wellbeing be informed or even controlled by people you have never actually met.’ Photograph: Travis Schneider

The musician on cancel culture, the Natalie Portman controversy and disgrace

NY-based Irish musician delivers a singular album of choral ambient music

The Beatles

Also: Nazareth’s name origins, rockin’ Irish with Jon Snow, a Woody Guthrie winner

Paul Weller: ‘I wouldn’t like to think what my health would have been like if I hadn’t stopped the drink and the drugs.’ Photograph: Sandra Vijandi

The Modfather turned lifestyle counsellor is back on form on Fat Pop (Vol 1), his new album

Joanne Murphy: ‘I try to put away a bit of money every week, I’ve never really had to save up for anything I’ve wanted to buy.’

Me & My Money: Joanne Murphy, MC, motivational speaker and endurance athlete

Doran has just about enough of his own thing going on, even if doubts linger

Rory Gallagher. Photograph: Andrew Putler/Redferns

Plus: Kurt Cobain’s best in the world and the hard rockers condemned by Russia

Patrick Hayes, Director of Financial Operations/CEO, Soldo  

Me & My Money: Patrick Hayes, Director of Financial Operations/CEO, Soldo

The Scottish band are older, and their new songs are tinged with melancholia

Taylor Swift: ‘I’ve come too far to watch some namedropping sleaze...’ Photograph: Beth Garrabrant

Plus: Irish Sugababes cover, soundtracking a French musical and a graphic novel

‘I don’t think money buys happiness, but I do believe that money buys us choices, freedom and opportunities.’

Me & My Money: Sarah Gillespie, founder, Rinka children’s fitness

The reliably acidic Dundalk man is back with a milder, more introspective album

Michael D Higgins –  Dance Remix, a remix of an RTÉ interview with the president (caricature by DonkeyHotey)

Plus: Sarah Corcoran before Pillow Queens, covering Prince, smashed guitars for sale

Des Travers, chief executive of DPD Ireland

Me & My Money: Des Travers, chief executive, DPD Ireland

Album smacks of an exercise in passing time rather than any significant progressive enhancements

Plus: Boybanders attempt a U2 and an alt.country star goes to Hollywood

Siobhán Harton: ‘I’ve saved mainly for travel. I love to travel and experience new places and new cultures.’

Me & My Money: Siobhán Harton, artist/illustrator  

Second solo album has a sense of displacement and disquiet throughout

John Spillane in  Passage West, Cork. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Plus: Brian McFadden covering Damien Rice and the ‘truest American songwriter’

Me & My Money: George Murray, head performance analyst, Munster Rugby

This is music that brings you on a hushed trip from late night to early morning

Plus: The woman with the most Grammys and that legendary Phil Lynott photo

Declan O’Rourke. Photograph: Laurence Watson

The ‘obsessive’ Dubliner learned to let go after bringing the Jam man in as producer

Cowboy Junkies, 1960s showbiz, Gainsbourg, The Who, The Fall and Carole King

Niamh O’Connell, founder, Esmerelda Botanicals Perfumery

Me & My Money: Niamh O’Connell, founder, Esmerelda Botanicals Perfumery

The former Microdisney frontman’s new collection reminds you just how good he is

Plus: Elizabeth Moss rips a post-punk classic, around the world with metalheads

Karl Fitzpatrick, president, Chevron College

Me & My Money: Karl Fitzpatrick, president, Chevron College

Pillow Queens on Other Voices. Photograph: RTÉ

Just in time for St Patrick’s Day, an entirely Irish-themed quiz from Tony Clayton-Lea

Record producer Joe Meek in 1964: A pioneer of  recording practices such as sampling, overdubbing and reverb.

Velvet Mafia author on overlooked figures and roles they played in pop culture

Body Project owner Gillian Hynes: I am currently investing in developing an app for our online studio

Me & My Money: Gillian Hynes, owner, Body Project

After the death of her mother, Catharina Jaunviksna found solace in the studio

Lady Gaga. Photograph: Andreas Rentz/Getty

Plus: Bryan Ferry’s Virginia Plain, the man also known as Seal, a statue in honour

Ger Toher: ‘No one expects or will even accept cash anymore, and this is one pandemic silver lining for me.’

Me & My Money: Ger Toher, chief operating officer, CarsIreland.ie

Album is as even-handed a collaboration as they come, rooted in shared experiences

Rory Gallagher jamming with Colm Quearney at the Guinness Storehouse on August 12th, 1992. Photograph:  Paul Goulding

All things Rory in honour of what would be the Donegal-born guitarist’s 73rd birthday

Sara Mitchell: ‘I do not believe money makes you happy but having a bit of disposable income can make life easier.’

Me & My Money: Sara Mitchell, co-owner Poulet Bonne Femme

Brit-heavy compilation goes some way to placing the pre-punk scene in context

David Gray performing  at Dublin’s Convention Centre in June 2011. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Plus: LSD in the studio coffee, Phil Lynott’s rock opera role, Pink Floyd’s musical nod

Kieran McCarthy: ‘I shop for clothes twice a year, in January and the summer sales. Otherwise, I only buy things I need.’

Me & My Money: Kieran McCarthy, co-presenter of RTÉ1’s Cheap Irish Homes, and founder of KMC Homes

With tension replaced by release, songs are offered in what amounts to sublime calm

U2 at the time of their Achtung Baby album and tour. Photograph: Anton Corbijn

Plus: Suzanne Vega located, Scarface sampled, Bowie’s Buddha directed

CMAT: ‘I’m making people become interested in personal problems by being entertaining.’ Photograph: Sarah Doyle

The singer on mental health, hyperfemininity and using humour as a shield

Jennifer Rothwell: ‘I believe your health is your wealth.’ Photograph: Kieran Harnett

Me & My Money: Designer Jennifer Rothwell on her pandemic spending habits

The band continued sandblasting everyone in their path while stretching out creatively

Paul McCartney and  Nancy Shevell leave after their marriage ceremony at Old Marylebone Town Hall in London on October 9th, 2011. Macca wrote My Valentine for Shevell. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Reuters

A special loved-up quiz on all things music and St Valentine’s Day

xyMaths.ie CEO Conor Purcell: ‘I am a big believer in investing.’

Me & my Money: Conor Purcell, CEO at xyMaths.ie

The theme is 2020-oriented, and the songs move from feverish to disorientated

The Staves: sisters Jessica, Camilla and Emily Staveley-Taylor releasing first new album in six years. File photograph: Sequoia Ziff

Jessica and Camilla Staveley-Taylor on reshaping themselves after the death of their mother

Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters playing the RDS in August 2019. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

An all-things-Foo quiz to mark 25 years and a 10th album, Medicine at Midnight

Ciara McEnteggart, director of Perspectives Ireland: ‘I think it should be a lot more acceptable to negotiate how much we pay for things.’  

Me & My Money: Ciara McEnteggart, director of Perspectives Ireland  

‘Primitive’ pop band provides melodic hooks and retro pop-laden beats

Plus: It’s a Sin’s star turn and another cover for Dancing in the Moonlight

Ray Cuddihy: ‘Because I’m trying to get my own place, now is probably the first time in my life that I’ve thought seriously about money.’

Me & My Money: Ray Cuddihy, aka Múinteoir Ray, from RTÉ’s Home School Hub

A dramatic debut album that shows the singer’s vulnerability and focus

Declan O Rourke performing  at the Olympia Theatre in August 2013.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Plus: Vogue’s first cover boy and Victoria’s Secret’s garage rock theme tune

Stacey McDermott  believes in paying a fair price and, if she feels the item is way overpriced, she won’t buy it.

Me & My Money: Stacey McDermott, head of people and culture at Leveris

An obvious recalibration in their second album won’t do the band a bit of harm

David Gray. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

In honour of The Irish Times Health Month, a special quiz on medically relatable music

Dónal Traynor of Community Finance Ireland: ‘It’s taken me a long time to really appreciate that being of sound mind and body will always trump one’s financial position.’  Photograph: Barry Cronin

Me & My Money: Dónal Traynor, chief executive, Community Finance Ireland

David Bowie: January 8th would have been his 70th birthday

To mark the fifth anniversary of David Bowie's death, a special music quiz on all things Ziggy

Sleaford Mods’  Jason Williamson and Andrew Fearn. Photograph: Alasdair McLellan

Singer Jason Williamson on what Brexit has shown him and creating a new album during lockdown

Acoustic tracks fly higher and louder thanks to added oomph of production techniques

Tim Burgess of The Charlatans in festival mode, 2015. Photograph: Stuart C Wilson/Getty

The Charlatans frontman on why he will not monetise his hugely successful Twitter series

Irish music stars on the rise in 2021

CMAT, Just Wondering, Gemma Dunleavy, Malaki and more of Ireland's best

Plus: Otis Redding’s duet, an unusual Funky New Year, formerly known as LaDonna

The Academic ‘have a lot of dates in the diary for 2021 and we would love nothing more than to be out playing shows’. Photograph: Enda Bowe

The Academic, Mick Flannery and Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh among those offering streamed shows

Plus: Vashti Bunyan’s winter colours and a charitable Slipknot sort of Christmas

Brian O’Brien: ‘I find it quite distasteful to see people pushing for every euro on a transaction if there is a significant power imbalance.’

Me & My Money: Brian O’Brien, partner at Cork-based management consultants 3SIXTY 

Best of 2020: top album-makers

The year of the pandemic produced outstanding, thoughtful music across all forms

Songwriter’s compilation honours ‘the time it takes to come to a full form’

Paul McCartney performing at the  02 on December 20th, 2009. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

An all-Macca special marking the release of his latest solo album, Paul McCartney III

Carmel Doyle chief executive of Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation: “It’s important to have enough money and to know when enough is enough.” Photograph: Colm Mahady/Fennells

Me & My Money: Carmel Doyle, chief executive of Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation

This album has seeped into our heads, song by song, and is an exercise in sheer simplicity

An all-Young special marking the 50th anniversary reissue of After the Gold Rush

Richard Fitzmaurice, chief executive of office space company The View: “In business I have gambled as I have taken risks that I felt had to be taken.”

Me & My Money: Richard Fitzmaurice, chief executive and co-owner of The View

Everything here lays out, with a typical minimum of fuss, their low-fidelity aesthetic

Robbie Williams  at Croke Park in June 2006. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Plus: Depp’s Tom Petty video, supergroup LSD, covering the entire Sgt Pepper

Thumper. Photograph: Ruth Medjber

Other Voices, Together in Electric Streams, Hibernacle and more aim to end the year on a high

Thom Yorke, Phil Selway and Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead: Steven Hyden  pitches Kid A as “an overture for the chaos and confusion of the 21st century”. Photograph: Samir Hussein/Referns

Peter Frampton, Steven Hyden, Ronen Givony, Stephen Morris, Brian Eno and Jeff Tweedy

Cormac McCloskey, managing director of Errigal Contracts. Photograph:  Simon Jacobs

Me & My Money: Cormac McCloskey, Co-founder/director, Errigal Contracts

Tiresome preference for whimsical song titles aside, the narratives galvanise the listener

Shane MacGowan  at the Olympia Theatre on  March 14th, 2003. Photograph: Haydn West

Plus: Lou Reed’s literary Walk, that bogus Beatlemania, eight decades in the top 5

Ballymaloe Foods general manager Maxine Hyde: ‘I’m not naturally organised and end up losing spare change, so I really prefer to use my card everywhere.’

Me & My Money: Maxine Hyde, general manager, Ballymaloe Foods

The Dublin producer's debut flows with grace but prickly, singular edges are never too far away

Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses  at London’s O2 arena in October 2010. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

It’s time for rock’n’bread rolls in this special Music Quiz-Food Month mash-up

Aaron Hannon: “I’m a little embarrassed to say that I rarely make a big purchase without an Excel sheet comparing prices and features.”

Me and My Money: Aaron Hannon, national director, F1 in Schools Ireland

AC/DC: New album features a dozen songs co-written years ago by the Young brothers and retrieved from the band’s vaults

The hard rockers know what their fanbase wants and need, and deliver accordingly

Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy at Dublin’s RDS on February 22nd, 1982.   Photograph: Terry Thorp

Plus: Small Axe to grind, crowding out the Billboard Hot 100, covering Serge & Jane

Suzanne Parker

Me & My Money: Suzanne Parker, Parker Law Solicitors

New solo album is dedicated to the memory of his mother and brother

Plus: rapper Nealo’s metal beginnings, where are Picture This from, Katie Melua's nine million bicycles

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