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Irish singer, songwriter and cultural activist Carol Keogh has been at the forefront of some of the best alternative music of the past 25 years. Forme(...)

Orla Gartland: ‘I thought that I was the most talented songwriter on a road in Drumcondra, and now I’m like, bottom of the food chain, starting from scratch.’

When does an artist stop being referred to as a newcomer? Orla Gartland is an old hand at this music game, so the cut-off point should surely have com(...)

The musician used the pandemic to redo his upcoming album and to reflect on his life “I never really thought I would get to five,” says James Vi(...)

John le Carré: the writer took out Irish citizenship, which he was able to claim through his maternal grandmother, at the end of his life. File photograph: John Macdougall/AFP/Getty Images)

I never liked the term Anglo-Irish. Particularly when the subject was Irish literature, it functioned as barely coded sectarianism. It was a way of co(...)

Grainne Humphreys: ‘George Michael was a consummate artist yet so bloody catchy.’ Photograph: Chris Cuffaro

Looking at my playlist of songs I’ve been listening to during the pandemic, I realised that I’ve been stuck in the 1980s. I was surprised because I wo(...)

It’s a Sin: Olly Alexander (front) with Omari Douglas, Nathaniel Curtis, Callum Scott Howells and Lydia West. Photograph: Channel 4

THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS SPOILERS Russell T Davies is one of the great auteurs of modern British TV, and he’s been shooting for the stratosphere wi(...)

On his fourteenth album as a Waterboy, Mike Scott claims to have channelled the influences of the Rolling Stones, Kate Bush, Sly Stone and Kendrick La(...)

“Half of my old life is gone,” Mike Hadreas sings, on the epic-Badalamenti-like Whole Life, and over 13 songs, he constructs a new one. His affecting (...)

Xenia Pestova Bennett introduced Irish listeners to the sounds of the Magnetic Resonator Piano.  Photograph: Paul Hudson

Remember the National Concert Hall’s old Kevin Barry Room? The one which turned Earlsfort Terrace into a destination for experimental and offbeat musi(...)

Sarah Phelps’ latest Agatha Christie adaptation (BBC One, Sunday, 9pm) has something for everyone. Suspicious deaths, a coven of witches (headed by a (...)

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