John Harris

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If you were christened “Michael Angelo”, as was Michael Angelo Hayes, who was born 200 years ago on July 25th, the chances are probably reasonable to (...)

Gerald Barry. Photograph: Alan Betson

There has been a lot of media kerfuffle about claims that going to the cinema counts as “a light workout”. The research was carried out by scientists (...)

Bang on a Can All-Stars. Photograph: Timothy Norris, courtesy Ford Theater

SATURDAY 22  Fidelio National Concert Hall, Dublin The honour of performing Beethoven’s uplifting opera Fidelio in this special commemorative y(...)

If Jeremy Corbyn cannot say what he believes on Brexit, voters cannot believe him on all the other things he cares about. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty

THE BRITISH LABOUR PARTY HAS NO CHANCE OF WINNING A MAJORITY IN THE UK GENERAL ELECTION NEXT WEEK. A LARGE PART OF THIS FAILURE IS JEREMY CORBYN’S (...)

Billy Bragg: the singer thinks the age has passed when music can act as a vehicle for social change. Photograph: Alan Betson

This week the veteran English protest singer Billy Bragg joined us for a chat on the Irish Times politics podcast (which, I am contractually obliged t(...)

Rutger Bregman argues for a 15-hour working week, a world without borders and a basic salary for every citizen. Photograph: Roberto Ricciuti/Getty Images

First, Rutger Bregman came for the globalists. In late January at Davos, the Swiss resort where the world’s political and financial elites gather eac(...)

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(...)

Carlos Ghosn, former chairman  of the Renault-Nissan Alliance in  2017. File photograph: Reuters/Philippe Wojazer

In October 2016, Carlos Ghosn rented out the Grand Trianon in Versailles for his lavish second wedding. Hired actors in towering wigs and 18th century(...)

Wu Wei played at New Music Dublin 2018: Defrosted at the weekend.

You just can’t envy John Harris, the director of the New Music Dublin festival. At the beginning of March the so-called Beast from the East and Storm (...)

While John Harris wants to ‘salvage as much as we  can’, pressure  of time and space are weighing against him

Snow has been everywhere this last week and the New Music Dublin Festival was among the casualties. It can’t have been easy for festival director John(...)

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