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Banjo’s golden couple, Abigail Washburn and Béla Fleck. Their first album together was an instant hit and won them a Grammy for best folk album in 2016. But they admit that, at first, working together on new material was a struggle

The banjo has to be the “Marmite” of musical instruments. For the haters, this odd-looking cross between a drum and guitar is an object of ridicule, a(...)

Fontaines D.C.’s Grian Chatten. Photograph: Visionhaus

“Is it too real for ya?” An English woman in the smoking “area” upstairs in tonight’s hall has fallen victim to the ear worm. “I woke up at 7.30am wit(...)

Adam Cohen arrives at the 2017 Juno Awards at Canadian Tire Centre in April 2017 in Ottawa, Canada. Photograph: Getty Images

As you join us, it’s several weeks before the release of Leonard Cohen’s Thanks for the Dance, a posthumous album culled from works begun during sessi(...)

Christian Bale, James Mangold, and Matt Damon attend the Premiere of Le Mans ’66 in Hollywood. Photograph: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

I’m not sure they make directors like James Mangold anymore. Now a fit-looking 55, he has been working steadily since making his debut with the indie (...)

Bob Dylan performing at Nowlan Park, Kilkenny, on Sunday. Photograph: Raphael Pour-Hashemi Bob Dylan performing at Nowlan Park, Kilkenny, on Sunday. Photograph: Raphael Pour-Hashemi

Something is happening here. In my now nearly 30 years and at least as many times seeing Bob Dylan perform live there have always been two consistentl(...)

Neil Young and Bob Dylan on stage together at Nowlan Park, Kilkenny, on Sunday. Photograph: Raphael Pour-Hashemi  Neil Young and Bob Dylan on stage together at Nowlan Park, Kilkenny, on Sunday. Photograph: Raphael Pour-Hashemi

Bob Dylan and Neil Young are among the great undimmed icons of their generation, and a double-date with the duo was always going to be an occasion to (...)

Gods of Rap Tour: Wu Tang Clang

Milestones can very often be millstones, but there are no such weights around the respective necks of three of the most influential US hip-hop acts of(...)

President Michael D Higgins chats with singer Jack L at the unveiling of a plaque for Leonard Cohen in Athy. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Songwriter and musician Leonard Cohen worked with the Athy writer John McKenna on a requiem, Between Your Love and Mine, signing off on the final draf(...)

Golden but oldies: Dylan, Bowie, Madonna, Yoko Ono and Laurie Anderson

It’s good to have Madonna back. The world seems a weedier, less vital place without her. A whole generation has punctuated life-altering moments with (...)

Hamnet, Dead Centre’s brilliant co-production with the Abbey

Hamnet Project Arts Centre, Dublin Feb 20-23 7.30pm €26/€23 projectartscetnre.ie Who haunted Shakespeare when he wrote Hamlet? A play so steeped in d(...)

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