John Peel

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Sara Dallin, Keren Woodward and Siobhan Fahey are about to tour for the first time together as Bananarama

The last time all three founding members of Bananarama were properly together as a band was in 1988 at the Brit awards. They were performing their hit(...)

Clockwise: Helen Dixon, Ruth Negga, Maeve Higgins, Marian Keyes, Sharon Horgan

Business & entrepreneurship Ciara Donlon Entrepreneur and CEO, Theya Healthcare It has been a rollercoaster three years for Ciara Donlon(...)

The Beatles  entered their most creative phase in the second half of the 1960s: costumes used on the  cover of “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” feature in the V&A exhibition. Photograph: BIPs/Getty Images

Pick your way past Opus Anglicanum: Masterpieces of English Medieval Embroidery and avert your gaze from Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear and y(...)

From the mid-1960s to the early 1970s, Bridget St John was one of many to be given the nod by John Peel, the BBC’s intuitive arbiter of taste whose Da(...)

The Woolworths Choir of 1979 (2012)

Elizabeth Price’s The Woolworths Choir of 1979 won her the 2012 Turner Prize. This amazing 18-minute video weaves together three widely unconnected s(...)

Mick Lynch, who has died aged 56, was a gifted songwriter, actor and satirist who fronted the London punk band Stump, which gained cult status in the (...)

When John Peel joined the BBC’s new pop station, Radio 1, in 1967, he was photographed outside Broadcasting House in a line-up of DJs that testifie(...)

RM Hubbert: his other main asset – and here X Factor wannabes will break down in jealous tears – is his lacerating wit

The musician RM Hubbert has the sort of backstory that you can’t make up, and he’s smart enough to use it in a set. About 15 minutes into a recent sol(...)

Finbar Furey: ‘I knew I’d never be able to play the pipes as well again,’ he says of an injury to his shoulder. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Finbar Furey loves the idea of his music bringing people together. This happened at the World Cup in 1994, he says, when Holland were playing Irela(...)

Hozier: no theatrics, no posturing

One day in spring this year, Andrew Hozier-Byrne was walking down Parliament Street in Dublin with his guitar case. He had just returned from an Am(...)

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