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 (...)

Maddie Marlow and Tae Dye at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Photograph: Beth Gwinn/Film Magic

Dolly Parton travelled there from the tiny community of Locust Ridge, Tennessee, at the age of 18. Texan Willie Nelson made his first journey there i(...)

Saxophonist Charles Lloyd’s groundbreaking groups in the 1960s brought post-Coltrane improv to rock audiences, but behind the catchy tunes and dancea(...)

One-time dishwasher. Former encyclopedia, Bible and vacuum-cleaner salesman. Marijuana activist. Country-music renegade. One of the most successful co(...)