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Mark Levins: a key player in the Irish music scene

Mark Levins, who died on Christmas Day, was a key player in the Irish music scene, not only as a well-respected guitarist, but also as a technical wiz(...)

Art and motion: Luas passed the Abbey Theatre.

“It makes people think differently. It’s going to network the city in a way that artists love,” says Dublin City Council’s arts officer Ray Yeates whe(...)

Sam Davidson, John Wilson, Alan Niblock, of John Wilson’s Taste, playing Cork this Friday night. Photograph: Brigitte “Bibi” Lehmann

“Rory despised everything to do with show business – in my time in Taste, we never had any big equipment, no huge PA, no big lighting rigs – it wasn’t(...)

Terence Trent D’Arby, now called Sananda Maitreya. Photograph: Tim Hall/Redferns

When Sananda Maitreya references his previous life as Terence Trent D’Arby, he looks uncomfortable. He even says “he”, not “I”, as though he is talkin(...)

Students at St Cronans Boys’ National School, Bray, Co Wicklow, taking part in a Music Generation class. From left: Tutor Tim Doyle, Casey Earls, Ultan Moran, Ronan Hogan, Luke Shiel, Christopher Jensen and Alex Coogan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The old Lynyrd Skynyrd standard Sweet Home Alabama is a rewarding song for aspiring young guitarists to tackle. Built around a basic three-chord struc(...)

 X Factor contestants the Price Brothers, from Blessington, during episode 5 of the ITV1 talent show, The X Factor. Photograph: Tom Dymond/Syco/Thames/ITV Plc/PA Wire

Busking brothers Sean and Conor Price, from Blessington, Co Wicklow, have impressed The X Factor judges with a fresh take on an old classic, as they (...)

Duran Duran playing  the main stage at Electric Picnic on Sunday night. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

And lo, the rains came. At 3am yesterday, The Irish Times (I think I can speak for the whole paper) trudges tipsily and sunburnt through storm and mud(...)

The 1930s were a fast-moving decade for music. The arrival of the electric guitar in 1931 brought a whole dimension to the production of sound. The al(...)

French poet Charles Baudelaire, who died 150 years ago this week. File photograph: Étienne Carjat/Getty Images

If Charles Baudelaire had lived a century-and-a-half later, I suspect he would have been a rock star. A tormented genius, like Janis Joplin, Jimi Hend(...)

 This is the end: Ozzy Osbourne of Black Sabbath onstage during the bans’s  “The End Tour” in August 2016. Photograph:  Kevin Mazur/WireImage/Getty Images

“The end” – the conclusion to every fairytale. These two little words appeared on the Black Sabbath website this week without any elaboration. That t(...)

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