The 38 Tonnes Marching Band from France on Oliver Plunkett St, Cork. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

There were two testing questions being asked more than any other in Cork over the weekend – what is and isn’t jazz? More than any other year in its 3(...)

Marcus Miller: ‘I really think that music helped sustain my ancestors through those incredibly difficult times.’ Photograph: Mark Venema/Getty Images

When Marcus Miller came face to face with one of the darkest landmarks in African-American history during a 2010 world tour, he didn’t just curse t(...)

Sunday is the best day for Brick Lane Market, where you can browse for unusual clothes, jewellery and bric-a-brac and and be tempted by the huge selection of ethnic foods
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My girlfriend loves exploring and shopping in markets so I would like to take her to London for a weekend where she could indulge her passion for fash(...)

While drinks companies and sporting bodies never made any secret of their disdain for any sponsorship ban, the FoI records point to a concerted push by a well-resourced and well-informed industry to bring its concerns directly into the heart of Government. Photograph: Inpho/Lorraine O’Sullivan

The drinks industry engaged in a sustained effort to dissuade the Coalition from banning the sponsorship of major sporting events by drink companies, (...)

Legendary drummer Billy Cobham & Spectrum 40 in action at the Everyman for the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival. Photograph: Patrick Hogan/Provision

The co-founder of seminal disco band Chic, Nile Rodgers, has paid tribute to fans in Cork for being among the first in Europe to champion the group in(...)

German jazz band Beat N Blow performing on Patrick Street, Cork as part of the Cork Guinness Jazz Festival. Photograph: Darragh Kane

And after the rain, the jazz. For once the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival seemed to break from what has become a near tradition – that of jazz fans pick(...)