Eden One, Ballsbridge owner Charlie Bourne: ‘I definitely prefer using a card. I couldn’t keep track of all my transactions if I used cash.’

Me & My Money: Charlie Bourne, owner of Eden One, Ballsbridge

Ryan Bingham: expect songs from his most recent album, American Love Song

Plus: Caravan Palace, DJ Seinfeld, Xylouris White, Waterparks and The Teskey Brothers

The Canadian band channel Kinks and Pavement in a 30-minute burst of new wave

Paul Foley, The Corkscrew Wine Merchants

Me & My Money: Paul Foley, The Corkscrew Wine Merchants

Slipknot: playing in Ireland to promote latest album We Are Not Your Kind

Set list, stage times, tickets info and more for the masked heavy metal band’s Dublin concert

Masked metal gods Slipknot are in the 3Arena on Tuesday January 14

Also: Snow Patrol, Amy Naessens, Josienne Clarke and Frightened Rabbit revisited

Dundalk singer-songwriter’s debut album is pointer to individualist sensibilities

Autre Monde

What binds these artists ogether is that they’re very good at what they do, so check them out

Dominic Smith of Dominic Smith Expert Electrical. Photograph: Brian McEvoy

Me & My Money: Dominic Smith, chief executive, Dominic Smith Expert Electrical

Tony Visconti: ‘I miss David dearly.’

The musician/producer was a long-time collaborator with the late, great Bowie

Rhys Lewis: playing in Derry and Galway

Rhys Lewis, Shaun Ryder and various performances at the Dublin Bowie Festival

David Bowie at Haddon Hall in Beckingham, Kent, from the  documentary David Bowie: Finding Fame. Photograph: BBC/Alamy/Pictorial Press

Gig of the week: producer Tony Visconti and drummer Woody Woodmansey are guests

Gavin James

Gavin James in Killarney, Walking on Cars in Dublin, ASIWYFA in Belfast

Green Day

Albums and gigs to check out from January to June: Green Day, Slipknot, Diana Ross, Damon Albarn, Tenacious D and more

Pillow Queens will sing in the New Year at Dublin’s Workman’s Club

Pillow Queens, Blizzards, Walking on Cars, Gavin James, Lankum and Christy Moore

Delorentos play Whelan’s on December 23rd

Tried and tested Irish acts, and a few surprises, for Christmas week

Mick Flannery

Plus: Andrew Weatherall, The Coronas, and Club Comfort’s alternative birthday party

 Blondie: Debbie Harry goes deep in her memoir Face It. Photograph: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

New music books from Prince, Allison Moorer, Ian Anderson, Andrew Ridgely and more

Mark Loftus: ‘Aside from the engagement ring, my Mac laptop is basically an extension of my arm.’

Me & My Money: Mark Loftus, The Paddy Box

David Keenan: ‘I’d never been outside of Dundalk before, and I didn’t do the Leaving Cert, so I wasn’t exactly inundated with offers from colleges’.  Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

The singer-songwriter’s move to Liverpool with ‘€70 in my arse pocket’ was a rebirth

Dermot Kennedy

Dublin singer has taken the long road to becoming a world-famous performer

Joy Crookes pictured at St James’s Church, Dingle as part of Other Voices 2019. Photograph: Rich Gilligan

Singer talks family, Bangladeshi and Irish heritage, and finding freedom in her flaws

Dermot Kennedy plays two sold-out shows at 3Arena on Sunday 22nd and Monday 23rd. Photograph: Dave Meehan for The Irish Times

Dermot Kennedy, Damien Dempsey and Hudson Taylor head a big Irish line-up

The result is nothing less than all killer, no filler. 

An uncommon marriage of storylines and music

 Hozier performs at The Grammy Museum  in Los Angeles on on October 23rd. Photograph: Timothy Norris/Getty Images for The Recording Academy

Gig of the Week: Six years after Take Me to Church, he is still well able to cry power

Hozier: playing at 3Arena. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Hozier, Primal Scream and Villagers performing around the country

Best of collection features collaborations with John Grant, Gruff Rhys and others

George Murphy: “I think my worst vice with gambling is cards – I have won $600 or $700 playing in Vegas, but I’ve lost roughly the same.”

Me & My Money: George Murphy, musician

Fontaines DC

Sold-out Irish shows will be a celebration of their success and a genuine homecoming

Fontaines DC play two sold-out gigs in Dublin’s Vicar Street on Saturday December 7th and Sunday December 8th

Dido, Happy Mondays, Aldous Harding, Rufus and Martha Wainwright . . . and Whitney

One of rock music’s most unenthusiastic solo stars, guitarist Mick Ronson came to prominence as the de facto musical director of the group of musicians David Bowie used for several of his early 1970s albums.

The guitarist’s solo work is gathered here, but he was a reluctant rock star

Marian O’ Gorman, chief executive of  Kilkenny Shop. Photograph:  Gerard McCarthy

Me & My Money: Marian O’Gorman, CEO, Kilkenny Group

Björk Björk: promising a “sci-fi pop concert”

Other highlights include Go-Betweens’ Robert Forster, Snow Patrol and Other Voices

St James Church in Dingle, venue for many sublime Other Voices gigs

The celebration of left-of-centre songwriters continues to exceed expectations

Dylanesque tunes stand head and shoulders above the songwriting pack

Peter Brennan, general manager of North Star and Address hotels.

Me & My Money: Peter Brennan, general manager of North Star and Address hotels

 Lewis Capaldi became well-known through recordings he made and released on Soundcloud.  Photograph: Valery Hache/AFP via Getty Images

The singer, often compared to Adele and Ed Sheeran, is to play the Olympia Theatre

Dour kid: former Oasis singer Liam Gallagher plays two sold-out shows at Dublin’s 3Arena on Saturday November 25th and Sunday November 26th

Also: Lewis Capaldi; Sigrid; Rex Orange County; Joseph; Ghost; Shookrah; Jade Bird

Ripple-effect melancholy unlike Mount Alaska’s previously released music

Deirdre Fee: ‘My house was broken into and that was traumatic. It shattered my sense of security and enjoyment in having an open-door policy’

Me & My Money: Deirdre Fee, co-founder of Mobility Genie

Kate Tempest plays Vicar Street on Friday, November 15th

Grab tickets to Laoise, Tinariwen, Tebi Rex , Kate Tempest and The Howl & the Hum

Kate Tempest: has changed from her early performances

English spoken word performer should put on vibrant show at Vicar Street

Five years after her debut, this album is a rebirth for a most unpredictable artist

Bank of Ireland’a head of financial wellbeing Shane Quinlan: ‘I’m a big believer in experiences and being able to bring the family on holidays.’ Photograph: Conor McCabe

Me & My Money: Shane Quinlan, head of financial wellbeing, Bank of Ireland

  Christina Aguilera performs on stage   in New York City in 2018. Photograph: Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve

Tickets, stage times, set list and more for Christina Aguilera’s Dublin concert on the X Tour

Christina Aguilera’s X Tour comes to the 3Arena on Tuesday, in support of her eighth studio album, Liberation.  Photograph: Rebecca Smeyne/New York Times

Lizzo, Whenyoung, Friendly Fires, JoJo Siwa, Greta Van Fleet, The Tallest Man on Earth

Kerry-based artist’s songs brim over with clever ideas and easily spotted influences

Former Microdisney man’s second solo outing in almost 30 years offers earthly delights

Kenneth Rouse: ‘I got a good deal to Disneyland Paris last year and loved seeing the magic through the eyes of my six-year-old daughter’

Me & My Money: Kenneth Rouse, managing director, BNP Paribas Real Estate Ireland

Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys of OMD aka Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark are in Belfast on Wednesday 23rd and Dublin on Thursday 24th

Plus: Sligo Live, October Fires, Craig Finn, Of Monsters and Men, Amanda Palmer, Indigo Girls, EllyD

Lisa Higgins, Sales and Marketing Business Manager for Ireland at HMD Global.

Me & My Money: Lisa Higgins, marketing manager for Nokia mobile maker

Mahalia, whose new album Love & Compromise is out now. Photograph: Niki Kelly

Pop sensation Mahalia on her long-awaited debut album Love & Compromise

Sinead O’Connor is in Galway on Wednesday and Thursday

Also: Squeeze, Two Door Cinema Club, Join Me in the Pines, Daithí, Hot Chip, Le Boom

Guy Garvey & co deliver another measured and often exceptionally good album

Offr CEO Robert Hoban: ‘I rarely have cash on me – a tenner at most.’ Photograph: Keith Arkins

Me & My Money: Robert Hoban, CEO and co-founder of Offr

Belinda Carlisle. Photograph: Noam Galai/Getty

Plus: Boris Johnson sceptic Slowthai, rapper JyellowL and rockers Pulled Apart by Horses

Ireland Music Week: official music showcases from more than 50 Irish acts

The event formerly known as Hard Working Class Heroes is a showcase for Irish music talent

Me & My Money: Julie McLoughlin, printmaker and co-founder, Jando Design

Neil Hannon of The Divine Comedy brings songs from his new album, Office Politics, along with old favourites, to Dublin, Belfast and Cork

The Divine Comedy, Nitin Sawhney, Richard Hawley, Ann Scott, Alma, Deborah De Luca

Cork band prove that being in no hurry doesn’t necessarily mean a lack of focus

Patrick Mulcahy: ‘I am a regular saver, especially for items on the farm’

Me & My Money: Patrick Mulcahy, themindfulfarmer.ie

Review: For all his flaws, he can hold a tune, and this second solo effort is full of them

Gillian Halpin: ‘I love supporting Irish business, and especially Irish women out there doing an amazing job’

Me and My Money: Gillian Halpin, owner of fragrance brand Jane Darcy

 Horslips are due to play Féile ’19. Photograph: Rob Hearne

Horslips, Sinéad O’Connor, and hot tubs await punters making the Trip to Tipp

The 1982 debut from the composer and singer is still challenging

Newgrange Gold’s Jack Rogers: ‘I have become far more card orientated in the last number of years. This can be problematic at times, as tapping can be far too easy.’

Me & My Money: Jack Rogers, Newgrange Gold

Ute Lemper has several produced several albums of Brecht/Weill songs and  is regarded as the duo’s best interpreter

Gig of the week: Line-up includes Camille O’Sullivan, Meow Meow and Gavin Friday

Ute Lemper joins a host of singers celebrating the songs of Bertolt Brecht  at the NCH, Dublin on Saturday September 14th and Sunday September 15th

Camille O’Sullivan, Ute Lemper, Gavin Friday and Cathal Coughlan salute the songsmith

At 72, Iggy can do what he likes, and this quiet, spiritual jazz-tinged album suits him

Happy Food at Home owner Ciara Brennan: “Once you have a purpose and you work hard to make it a reality, the purpose becomes bigger than money.”

Me and My Money: Happy Food at Home owner Ciara Brennan

Christine  and The Queens play the main stage at Electric Picnic. Photograph: Dave Meehan for The Irish Times

Reviews: Florence, Billie, Charli and Christine, plus Hozier and Richard Ashcroft

Electric Picnic 2019:  neither Christine and the Queens (left) nor Charli XCX seemed to know where they were. Photograph: Dave Meehan

From Charli XCX and Billie Eilish to a sea of plastic cups and a big geographical fail

Electric Picnic 2019: Kodaline sure know how to get a festival job done. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Review: The music’s a little lacklustre, but the audience sing along to their hearts’ content

Electric Picnic 2019: The Wha, staunchly determined to get the job done. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Review: The Kilkenny four-piece carry off their set with no small panache

Courtney Barnett: Dylanesque mistress of the contemporary indie rock song. Photograph: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

A Kilkenny teen band, a bewitching sonic machine, and the original pirate materialist


Review: The tent fills with unconditional love for Bonnie Tyler and her trademark huskiness

Inhaler frontman Elijah Hewson on the Rankin’s Wood stage at Electric Picnic 2019. Photograph: Dave Meehan for The Irish Times

Review: Inhaler are casting off the U2 association and marking their own territory

Jessica Pratt playing the Body & Soul main  stage at Electric Picnic 2019. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Review: the Californian singer brings a balmy West Coast vibe to Body & Soul


Expressive Irish hip-hop, a seductive singer-songwriter and the best act of the festival

We love it: Charli XCX performs in the Electric Arena at Electric Picnic, Stradbally, Co Laois on Saturday night. Photograph: Dave Benett/Getty Images

Charli XCX, Shura, Mitski and Róisín Murphy turn Stradbally into pop heaven

Electric Picnic 2019:  Jarvis Cocker renews his creative vows. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Review: A crowd-pleasing show? No. An inside look at a maverick’s progress? Definitely

Electric Picnic 2019: David Keenan’s songs are mini epics. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Review: The singer takes to his biggest stage yet. Money or hype can’t buy what he has

Electric Picnic 2019: The Science of Mindful Eating immersed its sporadically blindfolded participants in natural, experiential sounds and tangible, tactile flora

Jonathan McCrea and Ivan Varian show a blindfolded audience how to eat smartly

An intriguing compilation of alternative sounds from the 1960s counter-culture

Electric Picnic 2019: Billie Eilish will be making her debut Irish open-air performance. Photograph: Rich Fury/Getty

One to arrive early for, one nobody knows about, and one everyone will stay up for

Kevin Aherne: “I’ve invested all my money in our home, my business and family.”

Me and My Money: Kevin Aherne, chef/owner, Sage Restaurant, Midleton

1967: Singer Glen Campbell poses for a portrait playing a Martin acoustic guitar in 1967. Photograph: Donaldson Collection/Getty Images

Book reviews: a round-up of the best music books including the story behind Glen Campbell's classic Wichita Lineman

Electric Picnic 2019: Billie Eilish will be making her debut Irish open-air performance. Photograph: Rich Fury/Getty

From Billie Eilish, Florence and Jarvis Cocker to Freya Ridings and Mango x Mathman

The London African Gospel Choir performs Paul Simon’s Graceland at the National Concert Dublin on Tuesday

London African Gospel Choir plays at National Concert Hall and US songwriter Jason Ringenberg comes to Dundalk

Dublin-based Deeter cracks the nut with album’s insightful charm

Village Vets managing director Charlie Cosgrave: “I believe in paying a fair price where both parties feel they did well out of the transaction.”

Me and My Money: Village Vets managing director Charlie Cosgrave

The might Foo Fighters, Stevie Van Zandt plugging his latest album and Jeff Buckley remembered

The UK/Russian singer’s second album channels Prince, Roberta Flack and Joni Mitchell

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