Hank Williams

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David Rooney. Photograph: Jaro Waldeck

Jet-black darkness rolls down off the Sugarloaf. Some inky Wicklow noir drenches a visual artist and musician who lives in a small clutch of cottages (...)

Undated handout photo issued by the Country Music Association of Charley Pride. Photograph:  Joseph Llanes/CMA/PA

Charley Pride, a son of sharecroppers who rose to become country music’s first black superstar on the strength of hits including “Kiss an Angel Good M(...)

Having cut his teeth with The Winters, Ed McGinley took his own sweet time in making his debut solo recording – and it’s all the better for its length(...)

Ryan Tubridy again ingratiates himself with the real people of Ireland on this, the latest Late Late Show Country Special.

“Hello, it’s me Big Ryan Tubridy and I eat dinner in the middle of the day. My favourite bullock is called ‘de Valera’ and my favourite song is called(...)

Legendary   piano man Fats Domino in 2007.  The New Orleans resident has died at 89. Photograph: Paul J Richards/AFP/Getty Images

Fats Domino, the rock’n’roll pioneer whose steady, pounding piano and easy baritone helped change popular music, has died at the age of 89. He died on(...)

Leonard Cohen takes a bow on stage in  Toronto in 2008. Photograph:  Aaron Harris/AP Photo/The Canadian Press

Vona Groarke “Dear Vona Groarke, I’m happy you exist.” July 18, 2000. Signed (in blue ink), ‘Leonard Cohen’. We were two poets trying to make a go o(...)

Leonard Cohen: lyrics of mystery and magic.   Photograph: Eloy Alonso/Reuters

In an interview with The Irish Times from 2012, Leonard Cohen described his lyric-writing process as a form of “sacred mechanics”. “It is a mysteri(...)

The first of the new 40 family to go on sale, in 2017, will be the XC40 crossover.

To a person of certain musical tastes, CMA usually stands for Country Music Awards but from 2017 those letters will represent the future of Volvo and(...)

Mike McCormack: “My early books were full of young men going stone mad, full of violence, with a soundtrack of Scandinavian death metal. Now I’m listening to Hank Williams”

Mike McCormack’s new novel began when he was struck by a very simple idea. “There’s a man at home in the middle of the week, and he’s bumping into th(...)

Bono performing in U2’s “iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE” tour, September 2015. Photograph: Paul Bergen/AFP/Getty Images

Late at night, in a fast car on the motorway between Turin and Milan, en route to meet the Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi, Bono goes quiet before(...)

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