Shane MacGowan performing on stage with The Pogues in Greenwich in 2011. Photograph:  Matt Kent/Redferns

Shane MacGowan will be celebrating his birthday at the National Concert Hall in January in fine style, with a galaxy of famous names lining up to toas(...)

‘Muldoon’s Picnic’ refers to a popular 19th-century New York vaudeville act

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Born in Tupelo, Mississippi, in the late 1970s, John Murry has travelled a tortuous route: experiences of drug dependency as a struggling musician in (...)

Poet Lewis Kenny writing poems on demand  for passers-by Sandra Vigier and Julie Tomaszewski. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Today marks Poetry Day Ireland, with more than 100 events around the country to celebrate our heritage in verse. One of the busiest spots will be Po(...)

Bono shows his appreciation to the Croke Park crowd during U2's 360 Tour performance in July 2009. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Sometimes, as Sean Spicer is finding out in the White House, it’s the simple questions which are the hardest to answer. For music fans, and especiall(...)

Patrick Freyne and his wife and cowriter, Anna Carey. “Do not tell people that this was originally a song about our cat,” Anna says. “They’ll think we’re creepy and mad”

[Listen to all the entrants in the Christmas FM Festive song competition and vote for your favourite here] In July my colleague Ronan McGreevy sugg(...)

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