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 Singer Ottilie Patterson performs on stage in 1965. Photograph: David Redfern/Redferns

It’s a little known fact that one of Ireland’s first blues and jazz singers was the Hiberno-Latvian singer Otillie Patterson. A native of Comber, Co D(...)

Washington DC has long exemplified the racial divisions of American society. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

As normal life and politics continued to hover in a strange, suspended state this week in Washington, for some residents life was more challenging tha(...)

Singer and actor Diahann Carroll in 1972. Carroll has died  after a long bout with cancer. File photograph: AP Photo/Jean-Jacques Levy

Diahann Carroll, the Oscar-nominated actor and singer who won critical acclaim as the first black woman to star in a non-servant role in a TV series, (...)

American tenor Charles Castronovo appears with Claudia Boyle at the New Year’s Eve Viennese Gala at the RDS

SUNDAY 31 New Year’s Eve Viennese Gala NCH, Dublin 10pm  €34.50-€69.50/€31-€62.50 nch.ie RTÉ’s New Year’s Eve orchestral concerts, originally th(...)

Walter Becker: the Steely Dan songwriter at the Coachella festival in 2015. Photograph: Frazer Harrison/Getty

Walter Becker Born: February 20th, 1950 Died: September 3rd, 2017 Walter Becker, the guitarist and songwriter who made suavely subversive pop hits ou(...)

Rejjie Snow: "I don’t have to do this; I can do whatever I want. Anybody making artistic shit, I’m all for it.”

How do you get a lock on Rejjie Snow? Since first emerging through a YouTube portal six years ago, the Irish rapper’s biography has been as blurry as (...)

The tin fiddle has been a central feature of the music of Donegal, and is particularly associated with the playing of John Doherty. Damien McGeehan, a(...)

Ibrahim on apartheid: “We understood that the struggle was for our own humanity”

Getting an answer from Abdullah Ibrahim is like drawing water from a deep well. Most experienced musicians will have their patter down, and will – ha(...)

The fountains of the Bellagio light up in the middle of the Las Vegas strip

For much of the summer, I flitted in and out of the United States. I revisited some favourite cities and discovered some new ones. I love America m(...)

Kenneth Killeen: ‘In the case of Whiplash, which reinforces the stereotypical view of jazz, that’s not good’

In the ever-bulging calendar of festivals offering musical gratification, a unique programme is likely to grab the attention. So you would imagine (...)

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