Kevin Rowland

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Strictly Handbag hadn’t been Martin Thomas’s first rodeo – before Strictly Handbag, he had started a club night in Powers Hotel.

In 1994, Ireland found itself in rare auld times indeed. The country wasn’t just at the foothill of the Celtic Tiger, but wider curiosity in our cultu(...)

There’s a lot more to discover in Edinburgh than the castle and festivals. Photograph: Getty Images
Ten reasons to visit Edinburgh

Dovecot Gallery and Tapestry Studio The Infirmary Street Baths, built in 1885, were the first public swimming baths to open in the Scottish capital, w(...)

Galway International Arts Festival: Stanley Townsend stars in Paul Muldoon’s Incantata

World premieres of Paul Muldoon’s Incantata, two new plays, by Sonya Kelly and Cristin Kehoe, from Druid, and a new theatre installation from Enda Wal(...)

Kevin Rowland: one of those interviewed in  “Trouble Songs: Music and Conflict in Northern Ireland” by Stuart Bailie. Photograph: Steve Thorne/Redferns

The Northern arts world is marking the 20th anniversary of the Belfast Agreement with a range of expressions including film, music, poetry, literary r(...)

Dexy’s have long since dropped the ‘Midnight Runners’ and have moved on with new material

“I’m grateful for it, definitely. I mean, at the same time, I’m very careful not to live in the past,” says Dexy’s front man Kevin Rowland, about his (...)

These Rooms, a dance-theatre fusions with Anu, a highlight for this past year

Your 2016 highlights? It was a great year for the elderly: the last, hilarious and heartbreaking, volume of Samuel Beckett’s letters; Leonard Cohen’s(...)

Paul McCartney and John Lennon of the Beatles: after the break-up of the band, Lennon and McCartney turned to Ireland for source material, with the Troubles being the catalyst

British pop music has been celebrated around the world for decades and rightly so.  Rather less attention has been paid to an almost invisible s(...)

Dexys, with Kevin Rowland centre

The artists formerly known as Dexys Midnight Runners are back in the top 10 after a 34-year absence. Now trading under the snappier moniker of Dexys,(...)

Lisa O’Neill: “I lose concentration very easily; the page is boring for me to look at.” Photograph: Eric Luke

‘I’m owning it more, and I really value that,” says Cavan singer-songwriter, Lisa O’Neill, who is reflecting on the difference a few years can make i(...)