The Warwick Hotel in Salthill, Galway, “the west’s alternative ballroom of romance”, undergoing demolition.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The walls have come tumbling down at the Warwick Hotel in Galway where tens of thousands of people danced and sang and shifted their way through their(...)

‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’  was written for the 1949 film ‘Neptune’s Daughter’, starring Esther Williams and Ricardo Montalban.  Photograph: Mondadori Portfolio by Getty Images

Although not a Christmas song per se, Baby It’s Cold Outside is an annual festive favourite. The call and response duet details a man trying to convin(...)

‘Last Christmas’ is the ghost of every Christmas past booming from the speakers – from your first Walkman to the background fuzz of festive ‘Top of the Pops’.

Christmas songs are a bit like those tantalising chocolates in the advent calendar. Fun and festive if you pace yourself and indulge at the appropriat(...)

Kirsty MacColl and Shane MacGowan: Fairytale of New York still  retains its emotional heft. Photograph: Patrick Ford / Redferns
Happy 60th birthday, Shane MacGowan

Shane MacGowan celebrates his 60th birthday today. For many, this is a modest achievement, but for this singular singer-songwriter it is remarkable on(...)

Peggy Seeger, who will sing the songs of Ewan MacColl at the National Concert Hall in Dublin on October 11th

Age has not withered Peggy Seeger. Now 81 and sharp as a tack, she recalls her first meeting with the folk legend Ewan MacColl without a trace of sen(...)

On July 13th, 172,000 concert-goers filled two venues in London and Philadelphia, raising over £50 million for famine relief in Ethiopia
1985: The year that was...

Famine, the cold war and the threat of Aids cast long shadows over 1985, the year of the Live Aid concerts.On July 13th, 172,000 concert-goers filled (...)

Where has 2013 gone? Hasn’t the year flown in? Suddenly, it’s December. Shane MacGowan and Kirsty MacColl are singing to us at every shop corner about(...)

On the airwaves: at the Christmas FM launch were (from left) Maighread Cremin, brand manager, Centra; Garvan Rigby, Christmas FM; Sinead Lambe, marketing manager, Irish Daily Mail; Dr Claire Hayes, clinical director, Aware; Emma Forde, brand and communications executive, Vodafone Ireland; and Daragh O Sullivan, Christmas FM

“Apologies to anyone who’s getting breakthrough from Xmas FM. It’s a network problem apparently. Trying to sort it out,” tweeted RTÉ’s Morning Irel(...)