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Dr John: belonged to the pantheon of New Orleans keyboard wizards. Photograph:  Valentin Flauraud/EPA

Mac Rebennack, the pianist, singer, songwriter and producer better known as Dr John, who embodied the New Orleans sound for generations of music fans,(...)

Ensemble Musicfabrik

The New Music Dublin festival, which ran from Thursday to Sunday, has a naming problem. It’s not a problem of the festival’s making, but it’s a proble(...)

Nigel North: His programme at the NCH in Dublin on Wednesday is an all-Bach affair

Wednesday February 27th Nigel North NCH Kevin Barry Recital Room, Dublin 7.30pm €17.50 nch.ie Leading English lutenist Nigel North is the cuckoo in (...)

O Emperor’s farewell record, Jason, masterfully captures the true essence of music with 16 spectacular compositions conceived with unfiltered imaginat(...)

Martin Gordon, a British musician and a new German, is worried about how serious London is about safeguarding citizens’ rights. Photograph: Mehmet Dedoglu

British musician Martin Gordon says his road to German citizenship was “bizarre”. After living in Berlin for 19 years, he moved quickly to apply for(...)

Imagine Frank Zappa, Charles Mingus and Rage Against the Machine meeting in a dark, absurdist alley and you have some idea where Belfast art rockers (...)

Shuggie Otis’s father was the R&B pioneer Johnny Otis. Under his old man’s tutelage he began playing guitar when he was two years old. By the t(...)

Georgie Fame, John Minihan and Van Morrison outside Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, Soho London 1994

PAUL BRADY The first time I met Van Morrison was the summer of 1980. We shared an agent at the time, Paul Charles at the Asgard agency, and I h(...)

Artist Joe Boske and cartoonist Tom Mathews

Joe Boske is an artist best-known for arts festival and theatre posters, records and CD covers, who has had numerous exhibitions in Ireland, England a(...)

Death metal (left) and opera: conference seeks to delve into two apparently diametrically opposed genres of entertainment. Photographs: The Irish Times

Ireland’s first major conference on performance art - covering topics as diverse as opera and death metal - is being held at Maynooth University tomor(...)

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