Johnny Cash

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Former taoisigh Brian Cowen (left) and Albert Reynolds with Arthur French of the K Club at a reception in Áras an Uachtaráin hosted by President Mary McAleese.  Photograph : Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times.

The former taoiseach Albert Reynolds, who has died aged 81, made Northern Ireland his priority when he took office in 1992. Building on the groundwork(...)

Live wire: Bob Marley onstage in London in 1980

A certain well-known singer brought half of his/her vocals to Glastonbury this year on a disk. Other acts had ProTools playback rigs hidden away. S(...)

By the letter: Neil Young’s covers album is only available on vinyl, and it’s  a stunner. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

‘An unheard collection of rediscovered songs from the past, recorded on ancient electro-mechanical technology” is the rather grandiloquent quot(...)

Country/Western singer Johnny Cash in recording studio. (Photo by Michael Rougier//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Johnny Cash was a conflicted soul, torn between God and the devil, pop and country music, family life and the temptations of the road. He was a(...)

Chancellor Angela Merkel and Taoiseach Enda Kenny at yesterday’s press conference in Goverment Buildings. Photograph: David Sleator

There it was: the German flag flying proud above Government Buildings. And German chancellor Angela Merkel would soon be on her way thro(...)

Nathan Carter: “Two or three years ago, there were young people all over Ireland who had never been to a country gig and probably thought it was very uncool. Now venues are filled with mixed-age groups”

In many ways, he is the “everyman” musician – at least to a certain type of Irish audience. In conversation, he is polite, friendly, easygoing; on (...)

Adrian Crowley and James Yorkston at Homegame Festival in Anstruther Town Hall in Fife, Scotland. Photograph: James Lewis

To say that it’s been a busy year for Adrian Crowley is an understatement – and as we enter the dregs of 2013, it’s about to get busier.Since the rele(...)

Very Extremely Dangerous

In recent years, Irish director Paul Duane has – whether on purpose or not – transformed himself into a cinematic champion of the neglected outsider. (...)

Ben Shepherd and Chris Cornell of Soundgarden perform an acoustic set in Seattle earlier this year.

Ben Shepherd was born in Okinawa Japan (where his father served in the US army), in 1968. When Ben was 3-years-old the family moved to Texas where (...)

Neneh Cherry: the Buffalo Stance lady has been working with Kieran Hebden (Four Tet) of late. Photograph: Rafa Rivas/AFP/Getty Images

It can happen just like that. One day you’re another heritage act plodding away two levels above the wedding band circuit.You’ve had your hits, but th(...)

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