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Liam O’Flynn: the uilleann pipes were at his core, and he inhabited them like nobody before him ever had. Photograph: David Sleator

Traditional music lost one of its finest exponents with the passing of Liam O’Flynn. He was, without question, the most significant figure in uilleann(...)

Liam O’Flynn’s abilities first came to prominence as a member of the cutting-edge trad-folk band Planxty.

There has been a sad sense of anticipation leading up to the passing of Liam O’Flynn, or Liam Óg Ó Floinn as he was often referred to, amongst those w(...)

Liam O’Flynn: the uilleann-pipe virtuoso in 1998. Photograph: David Sleator

President Michael D Higgins has paid tribute to master uilleann piper Liam O’Flynn who has died at the age of 72 having endured a long illness. He w(...)

What “A sprightly, angsty pop burrito” Where New York Why It can take time living in the world for artists to truly represent themselves in their musi(...)

For his third solo album LA-based singer-songwriter/guitarist/producer Jonathan Wilson has departed from his Laurel Canyon sound redux and embraced a (...)

Nora Twomey: ‘I think Saoirse Ronan is an amazing actress’

Current favourite book? I’m re-reading Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. I love the use of language in it. In the first page, we see how Pip’s e(...)

Sir Elton John performed  two songs  in New York on Wednesday before announcing he is retiring from touring. Photograph: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images

British singer-songwriter Elton John is to embark on a three-year farewell world tour as he bows out of live performing to spend more time with his ch(...)

Tony Visconti: “Morrissey has a knack of pushing people away from him. It’s the way he lives his life.”Photograph: Cindy Ord/WireImage for NARAS

Two short years ago this Wednesday, David Bowie’s death stunned the world. Producer Tony Visconti began a creative relationship with Bowie in 1969, pr(...)

K-club sounds: Yaeji

Who: Korean-American house-pop producer Where: NYC Why: When Shamir Bailey’s disco-ready falsetto first appeared in 2014 before the Las Vegas singer(...)

Alison O’Donnell: has just released her second solo album Climb Sheer the Fields of Peace

In another life, Alison O’Donnell may have been a household name. We could have been meeting in an upmarket restaurant that she had been chauffeured t(...)

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