Lorraine O’Connor

“I was bruised and battered, I couldn’t tell what I felt/I was unrecognisable to myself/Saw my reflection in a window and didn’t know my own face.” –(...)

St Stephen’s Green, Dublin. Summer in Ireland can be magical – and this year, it was just that. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Summer has started to slip away from us, minute by minute, hour by hour. I see it in the fallen leaves and falling sun; the darker mornings and coole(...)

Stephen Teap, whose wife Irene died from cervical cancer, with sons Noah and Oscar. Photograph: Michael MacSweeney/Provision

“Noah was born on that tile there in a home birth – it’s a lovely memory and I’ll tell him in time,” says Stephen Teap. “But it’s a house of mixed emo(...)

Bruce Springsteen performs during Springsteen on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York, in October 2017. Springsteen’s show will be recorded and released as a Netflix special on December. 15th. Photograph: Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

Bruce Springsteen is recording his Broadway show and will release it as a Netflix special December 15th, the day of the production’s final onstage per(...)

Billy Joel during his concert at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin, on Saturday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

There are misunderstood pop stars and then there’s Billy Joel. The 1980s hit-maker is a product of the same blue collar milieu that gave the world Bru(...)

Robert Smith: ‘I couldn’t understand how we could be so successful and still be honest.’ Photograph: Sebastien Bozon/AFP/GettyImages

The first thing Robert Smith does is apologise for the makeup. He hasn’t worn it since his last concert with The Cure, in December 2016, but he has a (...)

Actor Robert De Niro on stage at the Tony awards in New York. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Actor Robert De Niro won a standing ovation at Sunday night’s Tony awards in New York for criticising US president Donald Trump. Appearing on stage at(...)

Taylor Swift on stage as she opens her Reputation stadium tour at the Eitihad Stadium, Manchester. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

You could, if you wished, infer a great deal from the stage set of Taylor Swift’s Reputation tour. Not since the British Herpetological Society held t(...)

Johnny Marr: 'My solo records are so satisfying now that I’m turning down more things than ever.'

Rock stars don’t come much better than Johnny Marr. Nicer than the purported “nicest guy in rock” Dave Grohl, cooler than Kurt Cobain, more benevolent(...)

Mick Jagger during the Rolling Stones gig at Croke Park: Musicians can’t always get what they want when it comes to political use of their songs. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

As inevitable as chorus follows bridge follows verse, politicians and political campaigners in need of a soundtrack will attract the ire of the musici(...)

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