The Atrix: Chris Green, Hugh Friel, John Borrowman and Dick Conroy. Their complex songs produced by Phil Chevron, Midge Ure and John Leckie are brilliant exemplars of the intelligent new wave.

The Magnet Bar. Pearse Street. Late 1980. The Atrix play. Swirls of image and lyrics, vectors of vivid and deft poetics layered across the kaleidoscop(...)

Leo Rowsome

I have long thought that the surname Rowsome was an adjective waiting to happen. After all, English already has many words ending with the same suffix(...)

ThisIsPopBaby are helping me become the artist I never even thought I could be

If there is one thing Clare Dunne is fascinated by, it’s those stages in a person’s life where things are about to change for better or for worse. “N(...)

Waltons music shop on South Great George’s Street in Dublin opened in the early 1990s. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

When Waltons music shop opened its second premises on South Great George’s Street in the early 1990s, the now bustling street was practically empty. (...)

Pat Metheny: “The sixties were happening everywhere else but they didn’t start in Missouri until 1971.”

A lawyer’s boardroom in midtown Manhattan is not exactly the sort of place you expect to find a jazz musician, but the man I am waiting to meet i(...)

Chamber Choir Ireland

The way David Fennessy tells it becoming a composer was either unlikely or inevitable. He’s from Maynooth, and grew up there in the 1970s in “a not pa(...)

Ronan Guilfoyle  at Newpark Music Centre in Glasthule, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

The word “jazz” may conjure up images of men in sharp suits playing swing music in smoky basements. For contemporary jazz musicians, it’s a tired s(...)

 Charleen Murphy and Caitlin Brady at this year’s Electric Picnic. A new study has suggested that music can boost the immune system. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Music is not just food for our soul, it turns out that our immune system laps it up too. With the help of a choir to emphasise her points, Dr Daisy F(...)

There are plenty of options available to students who didn’t get the results they wanted. Photograph: Getty Images

While the idea of repeating the Leaving Certificate may seem like the only option if you are determined to get the points for a place on a particular (...)

There’s a wonderfully icy bite to Margaret Glaspy’s debut album. California-born and raised, Glaspy swapped early prowess with the fiddle and trombon(...)

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