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Nakia and the Blues Grifters: “[The Health Alliance for Austin Musicians] has played a major role in cultivating the Austin music scene by keeping artists healthy and on stage. If you’re not sick you won’t have to miss a gig.” Photograph: Ben Porter

Some say all true art comes from suffering. Reenie Collins from the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM) would argue the contrary. “A happy, he(...)

Louis Walsh: 'I say things I shouldn’t say and as I’m saying it I know I shouldn’t say it.' Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

“I never wanted to be on TV,” says one of Britain and Ireland’s biggest TV stars. “It was never part of the plan. Never, ever. I just wanted to be a m(...)

Matt Murphy (85) and Michael O’Sullivan (58) pictured got married in Dublin on Friday to avoid inheritance tax. Photograph: Collins

Matt Murphy and Michael O’Sullivan, the friends who said they would marry to avoid taxes, went through with the ceremony on Friday at Dublin register (...)

Frankie Cosmos

Friday, July 28th JFDR Connolly’s of Leap, Cork, 8pm, €12, connollysofleap.com. Also Sat, Kasbah Social Club, Limerick, 9pm, €10, dolans.ie; Sun, Rói(...)

In 1979, British inflation was 18 per cent, Margaret Thatcher was elected British prime minister, the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan, Sony launched (...)

“Country is just the blues played by hillbillies . . . It’s all the blues for me.” The grandees of the Country Music Association might feel the collar(...)

Ralph Steadman cartoon of Hunter Thompson, from the 2008 documentary Gonzo: The Life and Work of Hunter S Thompson directed by Alex Gibney

One day in 1970 Ralph Steadman was out on a boat, covering the America’s Cup yacht race and feeling seasick. The illustrator’s companion on the water(...)

Paddy O’Flaherty: Described by colleages as a “fantastic” radio broadcaster. Photograph: Trevor Ferris

The death has occurred after a short illness of well-known BBC journalist Paddy O’Flaherty, the BBC announced on Tuesday. He was 73. A popular broadc(...)

Wilfully unpredictable: Neil Young. Photograph:   Ross Gilmore/Redferns

Before Neil Young takes the stage for this sprawling performance, two “farmers” sprinkle seeds across the stage, a bucolic scene that harkens back to (...)

Director of SXSW Interactive Hugh Forrest: “The tight connection with the community is one of the things that helps keep the event relevant, fresh and cutting-edge”

South by Southwest (SXSW) did not put Austin, Texas on the map, but in a city that has attracted every beatnik, bohemian, artist and musician in the (...)

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