Martin Hayes

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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 (...)

Rusangano Family:  a sound and a scene that has energised spaces up and down the land. Photograph: Eric Luke

RUSANGANO FAMILY It is indeed a long, long way from Clare to here. Some of the most exciting music going under the umbrella with its 40 shades of gre(...)

Martin Hayes,  Stephen Rea and  performers from Loosysmokes, Elaine McCague and Deirdre Griffin, at the Kilkenny Arts Festival 2016 programme launch. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ghosts in caves, surprises in gardens and Mozart in the Marble City are all in store at this year’s Kilkenny Arts Festival (KAF). Festival director(...)

Yo-Yo Ma’s Silkroad Ensemble have been forging unexpected connections for 16 years. To innovate presupposes a predilection for risk-taking, and (...)

All the musicians from Into the Tradition on stage at the  NCH

Elemental and meandering, our music, songs and poetry have carved themselves into the fabric of who we are, and this celebration of the last 100 years(...)

Building blocks and recurring patterns: both are in abundance in The Gloaming 2. This five-piece coalition has already blown the door wide open on t(...)

Take five: The Gloaming (from left) Dennis Cahill, Martin Hayes,  Thomas Bartlett, Iarla Ó Lionáird and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh. Photograph: Richard Gilligan

The Gloaming are contemplating a trip to the dark side. It’s a week before Christmas and the band are in a former mill in Wiltshire that now houses R(...)

Julie Fowlis

This year’s Temple Bar Tradfest is richly diverse, and features everything from a celebration of Donegal fiddler Johnny Doherty to a children’s céilí(...)

John Banville, Eavan Boland (pictured above) and John Montague are among the line-up for a Yeats 150th anniversary event at the National Concert Hall next month.

Rebellion at Stinging Fly The deadline for submissions to The Stinging Fly February 2016 issue is this Friday, August 14th. In the Wake of the (...)

Leon Walsh Vaughan, Kemal Souleyman and Zach Bay Hammond watch Kojak perform at the Caravan Club Extravaganza as part of the AKA in Kilkenny over the weekend. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

A couple of days at the Kilkenny Arts Festival can be akin to a close encounter with mind-altering substances. Want to change the way you see t(...)

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