Elvis Costello

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Don Letts: “Contrary to popular opinion, it’s a beautiful world”

“I’m as old as rock’n’roll,” Donovan Letts, who turned 65 in January, says with a laugh. Don Letts documents his remarkable life in an entertaini(...)

Fairytale of New York: Kirsty MacColl and Shane MacGowan around the time of the song’s release, in 1987. Photograph: Tim Roney/Getty

Once upon a time a band set out to make a Christmas song. Not about snow or sleigh rides or mistletoe or miracles but about lost youth and ruined drea(...)

Elvis Costello has been around the block several times since his 1977 debut, My Aim Is True. The creation of this, his 31st studio album, saw him brea(...)

Birds flying past the Poolbeg Chimneys. The first stack was built in 1969 and the second in 1977. Photograph: Tom Honan.

I have always been a fan of my family’s Poolbeg Chimneys. They are the first thing you see arriving in Dublin by sea or air and often the last thing y(...)

Richmond Restaurant on Richmond Street South, Portobello. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell/The Irish Times

Where do chefs eat on their night off? Etto, which has recently reopened, has been the number one chefs’ canteen for years, and now, it looks like Ric(...)

Singer Mary Coughlan at home in Wicklow for magazine feature. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The singer spent years ‘in deep sadness and a lot of anger’ but honesty, openness and music got her through On Mary Coughlan’s kitchen table the(...)

Little Richard

Little Richard, one of the pioneers of the first wave of rock’n’roll, has died. He was 87. Richard – whose real name was Richard Penniman – had been (...)

Dead Dog in a Suitcase is a musical, theatrical extravaganza of wit, wonder and weirdness. Photograph: Steve Tanner

All eyes are on the City of the Tribes, as the Galway International Arts Festival takes over the parks, rivers, bars and venues of the western capital(...)

Queen Elizabeth  is seen in London, England, on Saturday. The queen’s birthday honours have been released. Photograph: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Former frontman of The Undertones Feargal Sharkey (60) has been made an OBE in Queen Elizabeth’s birthday honours. Sharkey is one of several musician(...)

Radiohead: the band have given Wooden Elephant the okay to record their version of Kid A

At the turn of the last decade, Rolling Stone and Pitchfork hailed Radiohead’s Kid A as the greatest album of the 2000s. On its release, Kid A was wid(...)

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