Karan Casey

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Karan Casey’s I Walked into My Head, presented by Kilkenny Arts Festival. Photograph: Ste Murray

Who’d have thought, a year ago, that we’d now be in the midst of a second round of annual arts festivals severely restricted by Covid. There was a qui(...)

Olga Barry, director of Kilkenny Arts Festival, says: ‘Sometimes it’s only by keeping trying that you unlock the possibilities.’

One of the great beauties of Ireland’s summer arts festivals has always been the element of random chance. You go to see one thing, and find yourself (...)

Niall Vallely: ‘I decided not to sit down and write charts and arrangements, and trusted that it would be more about these individuals playing music together than trying to get everybody to fit into some vision that I had’

When concertina player Niall Vallely premiered his provocative new Sounds Like Freedom project at the Kilkenny Arts Festival in August, the night was (...)

Joyce DiDonato: the Grammy-winning mezzo-soprano will appear at the NCH accompanied by the Il Pomo d’Oro period-instrument ensemble

Artists from Joyce DiDonato to Damon Albarn and residencies by Philip Glass and Barry Douglas will feature over the next 12 months at the National Con(...)

The 2019 TG4 Gradam Ceoil winners

SUNDAY 17 TG4 Gradam Ceoil 2019 The Waterfront Theatre, Belfast 9pm £26.50/£22.50 waterfront.co.uk Returning to Belfast for the second year in a ro(...)

Stars of 2018: Slow Moving clouds,Louise Mulcahy, Pauline Scanlan, Raddie Peat and Zoë Conway
A piping hot 2018 for trad
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  • December 8, 2018, 05:00

The year got off to a flying start with Na Píobairí Uilleann’s concert, The Sound of Ireland, in the Abbey Theatre. A celebration of Unesco’s inclusio(...)

Bram Stoker Festival: the Dublin event runs from Friday until Monday. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall

The final bank-holiday weekend before we give up the ghost for the year has, happily, plenty of ghostcentric events – and a whole lot more besides, ri(...)

Karan Casey’s latest album is revelatory. She’s always been a singer of songs that tell a story and show their muscle. But this collection sees her st(...)

 Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

When Danny Boy heard the pipes calling, from glen to glen and down the mountain side, they were of course war pipes: not to be confused with the uille(...)

The letter points to the political and financial support which successive Irish governments have given the Palestinian people. Photograph: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters

Almost 90 leading artists, academics and former ambassadors have signed a letter to Taoiseach Enda Kenny urging the Government to formally recognise t(...)

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