Laurie Anderson: ‘Tom Hanks is in the forefront of my mind, as he caught coronavirus in Australia. I like him a lot’

Current favourite book I dip in and out of Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari like everyone else, and I’m just finishing a weird one called Rebel in the Sou(...)

The NCH receives approximately €2.8m in State funding per year. Photograph: Mark Stedman

The National Concert Hall (NCH) must consider the “changing nature of music tastes” in future programming to reduce financial losses, the venue’s boa(...)

Pantha Du Prince

It takes a certain kind of cultural courage to put yourself in a room with music you’ve never heard before. At a time when nostalgia dominates the mu(...)

Sean-nós singer Iarla Ó Lionáird at  rehearsal: “I’m sort of the everyman.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The sean-nós singer Iarla Ó Lionáird is digging a grave on a special earth-filled platform in Wesley House off Dublin’s Leeson Street. Standing near h(...)

Joyce DiDonato: the Grammy-winning mezzo-soprano will appear at the NCH accompanied by the Il Pomo d’Oro period-instrument ensemble

Artists from Joyce DiDonato to Damon Albarn and residencies by Philip Glass and Barry Douglas will feature over the next 12 months at the National Con(...)

Golden but oldies: Dylan, Bowie, Madonna, Yoko Ono and Laurie Anderson

It’s good to have Madonna back. The world seems a weedier, less vital place without her. A whole generation has punctuated life-altering moments with (...)

Lady Gaga with her Grammys. Photograph: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

Record of the Year This Is America – Childish Gambino Album of the Year Golden Hour – Kacey Musgraves Song of the Year This Is America – Donald Glov(...)

Dublin Dance Festival, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s Rosas Danst Rosas, Photograph:  Anne Van Aerschot

Dreaming in Blue Until February 14th Harry Clarke’s dreamy The Eve of Saint Agnes is at the Hugh Lane in Dublin, but you can see his wonderful waterco(...)

Orla Tinsley in the ICU at New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. “I want to live a life that would make my lung donor and her family proud of me,” she says.

The morning of my transplant I was lying in the ICU at New York Presbyterian Hospital in Washington Heights above Harlem in New York City. Six days ea(...)

Amanda Palmer: “After going through a few years containing two abortions, the death of my best friend to cancer, a birth and a miscarriage, in that order, I was just done with fiction.” Photograph: Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images

Current favourite comedian? Michelle Wolf. America desperately needs people like her right now, to speak truth to power and be goddamn hilarious at t(...)

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