Måns Zelmerlöw, whose winner for Sweden in 2015 was written by a production team who have written for Fifth Harmony and Iggy Azalea. Photograph: Nigel Treblin/Getty

In 2016, while covering that year’s Eurovision, the scale of the event and the power of the songs overwhelmed me and I became very opinionated. “The I(...)

Paul Linehan (Annie Moore’s Irish relative), genealogist Megan Smokenyak and Michael Schulman (Annie Moore’s American relative) with a photograph of Annie Moore arriving at Ellis Island on January 1st, 1892 with her brothers, Anthony and Philip. Photograph: Megan Smolenyak

An Irish descendant of Annie Moore, the first immigrant to pass through Ellis Island, has spoken about meeting Moore’s American relatives for the fir(...)

Anthony Kearns: ‘I suppose music is the crowd-calmer before the pope. We are the peace-making force. Music tames the savage beast.’ Photograph: Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Capitol Concerts

At a ceremony in Philadelphia tomorrow afternoon, Irish tenor Anthony Kearns will be the opening act for one of the biggest events of his career. The (...)

Novelist Julian Gough reprises his early career as lead singer with Toasted Heretic, flanked by an early novel by Leonard Cohen and a forthcoming poetry collection from PJ Harvey

Heaven knows thousands of Smiths fans are that little bit less miserable now that publication of Morrissey’s debut novel, List of the Lost, has bee(...)

Camille O’Sullivan and Feargal Murray. Photograph: Alan Betson

Camille O’Sullivan is a singer and actor. She became an architect and, after a near-fatal car crash in 1999, a full-time performance artist. She now t(...)

“What attracted us was the seclusion,” says the owner of Roncalli, after the electric gate has swept open, the dogs have been sent to play out in t(...)

 Kasey Smith performs in Copenhagen on Thursday night. Photograph:  Ragnar Singsaas/Getty Images

RTÉ is to scrap the mentoring process it has used to select the last five Eurovision entrants, but Ireland will not be pulling out of the competition.(...)

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney, watches Brendan Graham shearing a sheep outside the Department of Agriculture in Dublin yesterday at the announcment of details of the World Sheep Shearing Championships, which runs from May 17th to 25th in Gorey, Co Wexford. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Sheep were gambolling outside the Department of Agriculture yesterday. Did this signal the return to the days of the militant far(...)

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.(...)