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Is there any other contemporary Irish solo singer who manages to distil as much identity and heritage into their work as Damien Dempsey? The ones who (...)

Ruairí O’Doherty, manager, Border Stores, Killea, Co Donegal. Photograph: Freya McClements

When attempting to walk the Irish Border, the first challenge is finding it. I trample through chest-high grass along Lough Foyle, forging a path tow(...)

Best tracks of the month: John Grant, Bllood Orange, Phoebe Bridgers, Teyana Taylor and Big Red Machine featuring The National’s Aaron Dessner and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon

Jealous of the Birds – Russian Doll Having started her musical output with lo-fi acoustic folk, the Portadown artist Naomi Hamilton has moved on to in(...)

Athlone-based artist Sequence, whose music draws less inspiration from American counterparts than Nigerian Afrobeat and dancehall music.

What: Irish dancehall afrobeat pop Where: Ireland Why: While Irish hip-hop and rap acts have been getting their kudos through introductory pieces, p(...)

Aslan will play Iveagh Gardens, Dublin on Friday, 13th July, and Saturday, 21st July.

Alanis Morissette – July 5th The rousing singalong: Don’t pretend you don’t know every single word to Ironic. All together, now: “It’s like raaaaaaaa(...)

The National

The strong connection between The National and Ireland goes back 13 years. Cofounding member Aaron Dessner recalls that their first jam-packed show to(...)

Summber vibe: Electric Picnic, in Co Laois in September. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

With more than 30 music festivals across Ireland between April and the end of September, there’s one for almost every age, county and g(...)

The Vicar of Dibley: Emma Chambers and Dawn French in the BBC comedy

Dawn French has led tributes to her former The Vicar Of Dibley co-star Emma Chambers, who has died aged 53. The actor— who portrayed the dim but lova(...)

Elbow’s Guy Garvey performs at The Hammersmith Apollo in London. File photograph: Rob Ball/WireImage

Saturday, February 24th Elbow 3Arena, Dublin, 8pm, €59.50 ticketmaster.ie With a recent Best Of album to plug, and on the back of a huge response t(...)

Damien Dempsey: “People thought I was a joke act or a gimmick.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Damien Dempsey, the charismatic singer with a repertoire of striking, honest songs, is surprisingly shy. He’s warm and insightful whether discussing t(...)

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