Banjo’s golden couple, Abigail Washburn and Béla Fleck. Their first album together was an instant hit and won them a Grammy for best folk album in 2016. But they admit that, at first, working together on new material was a struggle

The banjo has to be the “Marmite” of musical instruments. For the haters, this odd-looking cross between a drum and guitar is an object of ridicule, a(...)

 Percy French:  his talents as a concert performer were not confined to music

Beyond the event itself, there was added poignancy in the place and timing of Percy French’s death, 100 years ago next week. He expired quietly while (...)

‘The work of Irish composers has suffered from the same kind of do-goodery that has hampered the Irish language.’ File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Last Friday’s concert by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) set my mind racing. It wasn’t anything to do with George Jackson’s conducting of t(...)

 Climate activist Greta Thunberg speaks during a UN climate summit  in New York City, US, in September. Photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images

Climate activist Greta Thunberg’s fury is one of the defining expressions of our time. She’s right. She knows she’s right. And most everyone else know(...)

When 2010 opened its bleary eyes, in the teeth of the last recession, it took our towns and cities a little while to catch up. People hang on, spend t(...)

Rachel Connell (centre), member of the ‘Voices Connect’ group from Mullingar Mental Health Association. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

The power of music to soothe the mind and lift the spirits was in evidence at a special event in the National Concert Hall recently when 250 people fr(...)

The soon-to-be-built Cadenza building which is to be Intercom’s new home.

Irish-founded technology company Intercom is to move into new headquarters on Earlsfort Terrace in Dublin. The company, which is currently based in (...)

Researchers found that people who engaged in arts activities once or twice a year had a 14 per cent lower risk of dying at any time during the follow-up period, the BMJ reported. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Whether it is a night at the National Concert Hall or a trip to the Abbey, those who embrace the arts are apparently far more likely to enjoy a longer(...)

Kym Marsh, Tam Ryan and Shaun Williamson star in Elf – A Christmas Spectacular at 3Arena

Get the family out and about this Christmas and make the most of the fantastic entertainment on offer. The festive season wouldn’t be the same withou(...)

Donegal brothers Conor and Michael Murray

Saturday, November 30th Sheryl Bailey & Peter Moc Group Arthurs, Dublin Czech-born guitarist Peter Moc first presented his tribute to the music o(...)

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