Dakota Fanning: “If you’re not challenging yourself, that’s no fun.” Photograph:  Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

For the longest time, Dakota Fanning was framed as an “old soul” by her invariably impressed co-stars. Glenn Close deployed the phrase when, in 2005, (...)

Johnny Depp presenting his film The Libertine, at Glastonbury. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

Johnny Depp has apologised for joking about assassinating US President Donald Trump during an appearance at Glastonbury Festival. The Hollywood actor(...)

 Louis Armstrong (fourth left) and his Stompers in  Chicago in 1927. Armstrong arrived from New Orleans in 1922. Photograph:  PhotoQuest/Getty Images

Irish visitors to Chicago this year will find their eyes drawn to the 1916 banners fluttering from lampposts on Michigan Avenue, the Windy City’s main(...)

File photo taken in 2012 shows Canadian singer and poet Leonard Cohen taking off his hat to salute in Paris.  Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Leonard Cohen, the legendary singer-songwriter whose work inspired generations, has died at the age of 82. A post to his official Facebook page anno(...)

Philip King pictured in Dún Chaoin on the Dingle Penninsula in Co Kerry. Other Voices is usually filmed in St James’s Church in Dingle but the latest recording was made in Austin, Texas. Photograph: Don MacMonagle

The growth of the Irish live music show Other Voices is not a typical example of small business expansion. However, there are valuable lessons to be l(...)

Rita Coolidge and Kris Kristofferson in 1977. Photograph: by Ron Galella/WireImage

In 1977, Rita Coolidge was 33 and one of the most in-demand rock vocalists in LA. The legendary Delta Lady of the song had won two Grammys for perfor(...)

 Musicians Philip Donnelly, left, and John Prine

Philip Donnelly is an Irish musician, singer/songwriter and music producer who spent over a decade working in the US after touring there with Donov(...)

We know what the kids are looking for. They want movies that create impeccable role models, avoid all but the mildest conflict between generations,(...)

The boss: Sinéad O’Connor. Photograph: Donal Moloney

It’s a baking hot summer day, and off Pearse Street in Dublin, in a building above a bookmaker’s, Sinéad O’Connor is leaning out of a window, smoking.(...)

Country/Western singer Johnny Cash in recording studio. (Photo by Michael Rougier//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Johnny Cash was a conflicted soul, torn between God and the devil, pop and country music, family life and the temptations of the road. He was a(...)