Joni Mitchell

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Dermot Kennedy performing at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. Photograph: Jesse DeflorioTwitter

Even past its peak, the annual South by Southwest Music Festival was a prodigious thing, with some 2,000 acts performing in clubs, theatres, hote(...)

Annabel Bates (Mrs Elvsted) and Lizzy Watts (Hedda) in The National Theatre’s production of Ibsen’s masterpiece Hedda Gabler.

★★★★ Hedda wanted none of this. Not the marriage, to an adoring, middling academic (Abhin Galeya). Not the bright, spacious, entirely unaffordable ho(...)

A festival highlight: Martha Wainwright plays Tradfest

Taking as its starting point an all-embracing notion of traditional music, Temple Bar Tradfest has captured the zeitgeist this year, whether by accide(...)

Andrea Horan: “I’m not a big crier, but when I cry, I cry for a year.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

When did you last cry? Brendan: Yesterday. A song came on and it made me think about my dad, dreading the first Christmas without him. I’m looking fo(...)

Beautiful cleverly uses the set up of the hit factory to give us a wider range of songs from the era. Photograph: Johan Persson/

In the Playhouse theatre in Edinburgh, the curtain lifts on the Carole King biographical musical Beautiful. We meet a triumphant King, played by Bront(...)

Shane McGowan:  The Pogues’ Fairytale is now 30 years old. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

I had forgotten the singer Dan Fogelberg was no longer with us until noticing that today is the 10th anniversary of his premature death. But on a happ(...)

Maria Doyle Kennedy: Joni Mitchell planted the first seed for me that artists made whatever art they were feeling

Many albums have changed my life but this one was the start of it all. When I was 13, we got our first stereo (a Bush 3-in-1) for Christmas and we kid(...)

The Irish Times has decided to embrace the Christmas music dirgefest. Photograph: Getty

It’s the most wonderful time of the year when people across the land start decking their halls and dreaming of white Christmas and maybe even wishing (...)

Pat Metheny: “The sixties were happening everywhere else but they didn’t start in Missouri until 1971.”

A lawyer’s boardroom in midtown Manhattan is not exactly the sort of place you expect to find a jazz musician, but the man I am waiting to meet i(...)

Nick Rhodes, John Taylor, Simon Le Bon, Roger Taylor and Andy Taylor of Duran Duran performing Girls on Film on Top of the Pops on July 30th, 1981. Photograph:  Michael Putland/Getty Images

Thursday evenings were sacred in our house growing up. It was the night of the week that my mam did the “big shop”. While I was busy attempting to sly(...)

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