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Gerry Leonard (far right) with David Bowie and band: ‘The pinnacle of my career in New York.’

Heading out on my first ever visit to New York, I was told, “Don’t look up!”; thieves will know you are a tourist and push you in a doorway and mug yo(...)

Laurie Anderson at the National Concert Hall.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Audiences are not a fixed entity, and neither are cultural institutions nor venues. Adapt or die, and all that. As a teenager, I sang in choirs at the(...)

Yes to . . . a city break in Paris. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland This incredible weather, heating us all up happily. Bluebells Glorious right now. Walk in the woodlands and wonder. Galway Arts Festival (...)

Martin Hayes Quartet: Martin Hayes, Liz Knowles, Doug Wieselman and Dennis Cahill

Deep in the bowels of the National Concert Hall Martin Hayes and Barry Douglas are sitting at a table in an empty dressing room. They’ve just arrived (...)

From the depths of memory, I recalled the (unofficial) motto of the US postal service: “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night shall stay these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”

Back in Montana last autumn after an emotional first trip to Ireland, my cousin Rosie sent each of her relatives here a Christmas card with a small me(...)

Bono shows his appreciation to the Croke Park crowd during U2's 360 Tour performance in July 2009. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Sometimes, as Sean Spicer is finding out in the White House, it’s the simple questions which are the hardest to answer. For music fans, and especiall(...)

You can never quite tell what Tim Burgess is going to do next. Having conquered the indie realm with The Charlatans, his first solo album back in 200(...)

William Burroughs in a still from the film Burroughs

‘The biggest challenge with this film, even in pitching it, was that it was about so many things,” Aaron Brookner says of his documentary Uncle Howar(...)

I found myself at the Ellis Island museum last month staring at the statue of 17-year-old Annie Moore from Cork the first person to be processed throu(...)

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