Ryan O’Shaughnessy  performs ‘Together’ in Lisbon, during the first semi-final for the Eurovision Song Contest. Photograph: Armando Franca/AP

Against the bookmakers’ odds, Ireland’s Ryan O’Shaughnessy on Tuesday night qualified for the Eurovision Song Contest final with his song Together. O(...)

Eurovision Song Contest winner 2016 Jamala representing Ukraine celebrates in Stockholm, Sweden. Photograph: Michael Campanella/Getty Images

The winner of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest is Ukraine with a surprisingly powerful and political song. ‘1944’ was sung and written by Jamala, a w(...)

 Mans Zelmerlow and Petra Mede, the hosts of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest  in Stockholm. File photograph: Jessica Gow/AFP/Getty Images

The voting process for the Eurovision Song Contest will be updated in the biggest change to the system since 1975. Under the new method of compiling (...)

Irish pride: Dana celebrates winning the 1970 Eurovision, in Amsterdam. Photograph: Keystone/Getty

This month marks the 60th time that Europeans will gather around their electronic hearths to participate in the annual festival of song, performance, (...)

 Anastasia and Maria Tolmachevy of the Tolmachevy Sisters from Russia perform on stage during the first semi final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen, Denmark. Photograph:  Ragnar Singsaas/Getty Images

Global tensions found their way into Eurovision Song Contest last night: the announcement that Russia had qualified for Saturday night’s final was met(...)

Sounds Irish: The Dubliners in 1966. Photograph: Brian Shuel/Redferns/Getty
An A-Z of music in Ireland
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  • October 19, 2013, 01:00

Air The air, or slow air, is a piece of traditional music that is generally not set in a given time signature and is without a regular sense of metre.(...)

Ryan Dolan visiting Bladins International School of Malmö

Ireland will be the 26th and final country to perform tonight in the Eurovision Song Contest final. For the first time this year, the run(...)

Björn Ulvaeus, Christer Björkman, Ash, Benny Andersson and Martin Österdahl. Photo: Karin Törnblom.

A new Abba song in the Eurovision Song Contest? Not exactly - but close enough to count as a major coup for the organisers of this year's songf(...)