Emmylou Harris

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Mick Flannery: ‘Emmylou Harris sings backing vocals on quite a few tracks on Desire and her voice adds a second stamp to the album’s identity’

This album is one of a few Bob Dylan albums I’ve listened to a lot, almost always from start to finish. Desire has a few attributes of its own, apart (...)

The Eagles  dressed like engineering students. They had hair like your friend’s dull older brother. Jesus, 50 per cent of contemporaneous Fleetwood Mac at least bothered to be a bit sexy.

I’ll tell you who I hate. I hate people who use the “[X] for people don’t really like [X]” construction. Whenever a horror film breaks out, some bore (...)

Members of a syndicate from Stakelum’s Hardware Store in Thurles, Co Tipperary  collected a €17million EuroMillions cheque at National Lottery headquarters on Friday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

Thurles is getting a reputation as a lucky town and Eason in Thurles, a reputation as Ireland’s luckiest shop. The odds on selling a multimillion euro(...)

Liam O’Flynn: the uilleann pipes were at his core, and he inhabited them like nobody before him ever had. Photograph: David Sleator

Traditional music lost one of its finest exponents with the passing of Liam O’Flynn. He was, without question, the most significant figure in uilleann(...)

Liam O’Flynn: the uilleann-pipe virtuoso in 1998. Photograph: David Sleator

President Michael D Higgins has paid tribute to master uilleann piper Liam O’Flynn who has died at the age of 72 having endured a long illness. He w(...)

Phoenix Park in springtime. Average temperatures in Ireland for the last fortnight are down four degrees on normal for the time of year. Photograph: Dave Meehan

After as long a winter as anybody can remember, spring will finally arrive this weekend, but only temporarily. Temperatures will rise to between 11 (...)

 Kendrick Lamar (C) performs with U2’s The Edge (L) and Bono. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

U2 have an uncanny ability to insert themselves into the heart of big cultural and political moments and so it proved at the 2018 Grammys as the Dubli(...)

Frankie Cosmos

Friday, July 28th JFDR Connolly’s of Leap, Cork, 8pm, €12, connollysofleap.com. Also Sat, Kasbah Social Club, Limerick, 9pm, €10, dolans.ie; Sun, Rói(...)

A few years ago, your reviewer was in a room with a group of people who sleep, eat, breathe and live music. When the topic of Lisa Hannigan came abou(...)

Guy Clark: ‘His songwriting evinced not just a keen eye for narrative detail but also an unerring ear for spoken vernacular and a wry, existentialist bent akin to that of Kris Kristofferson or John Prine.’

Guy Clark, who along with Townes Van Zandt, Jerry Jeff Walker and others patented the rugged, imagistic brand of narrative-rich songwriting that becam(...)

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