Ewan Maccoll

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The Luke Kelly statue by Dublin artist Vera Klute is lowered into place on Sherrif Street in Dublin. Photograph:  Paul Kelly

You wait years for a Luke Kelly statue, and then two of them come along at once. Tomorrow, the city unveils two separate sculptures, on either side of(...)

Margaret Barry with Dominic Behan.

In the 1930s, a 16-year-old took to the roads of Ireland to make her living as a street singer. Her striking appearance and waist-length black hair co(...)

Rita Tushingham and Paul Danquah in director Tony Richardson’s 1961 adaptation of Shelagh Delaney’s breakthrough play A Taste of Honey. Photograph: British Lion Films Rita Tushingham and Paul Danquah in director Tony Richardson’s 1961 adaptation of Shelagh Delaney’s breakthrough play A Taste of Honey. Photograph: British Lion Films

When Friedrich Engels penned his Condition of the Working-Class in England in 1844, examining the wretched conditions of England’s working class slumd(...)

Full house at the modern dancing hall at The Galtymore Ballroom in Cricklewood

The poet Brendan Kennelly once told me that, as a young man in Kerry in the 1950s, he was occasionally approached by local lads about to emigrate, req(...)

Kirsty MacColl and Shane MacGowan: Fairytale of New York still  retains its emotional heft. Photograph: Patrick Ford / Redferns
Happy 60th birthday, Shane MacGowan

Shane MacGowan celebrates his 60th birthday today. For many, this is a modest achievement, but for this singular singer-songwriter it is remarkable on(...)

Peggy Seeger, who will sing the songs of Ewan MacColl at the National Concert Hall in Dublin on October 11th

Age has not withered Peggy Seeger. Now 81 and sharp as a tack, she recalls her first meeting with the folk legend Ewan MacColl without a trace of sen(...)

Christy Moore: ‘Journey’ focuses on the stories behind his best-known songs.

“The old ballad singer used to carry the news,” says Christy Moore, neatly explaining his life’s mission in the two-part documentary Christy Moore: Jo(...)

Peter Sutherland is a vocal and sincere proponent for the rights of refugees, but his previous posts, at the head of the  World Trade Organisation and Goldman Sachs International, hardly mark him out as an instinctive champion of the downtrodden. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Amid all the consumption of the Christmas season, it’s still possible to hear a seasonal message of hope, goodwill and generosity on the airwaves. Whi(...)

To think that The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face and Dirty Old Town came from the same writer is testament to the three dimensional qualities that(...)

Luka Bloom: Head & Heart
  • Music
  • March 14, 2014, 00:00

Luka Bloom is mining the space between the notes with increasing precision. In Head & Heart he continues the exploration, in intriguing compan(...)

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