Paul Simon

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 An impromptu rehearsal in Gurrie’s Launderette, Sligo with Dean Gurrie on guitar,   father and son Rory and Paul Maitland, and husband and wife Kieran Quinn and Sinead Maguire in song. Photograph: Brian Farrell/The Irish Times

Many of them have day jobs such as being a chef, barber or boutique manager but Sligo musician Kieran Quinn has no qualms about bringing the(...)

Eileen Battersby with her horse Sophie in 2010. Photograph: Alan Betson

Eileen Battersby, the late Irish Times literary correspondent, who died on Sunday, December 23rd, after a car crash in Co Meath, was renowned for both(...)

In the intensity of the late career “blue light” referenced in his 1977 song How the Heart Approaches What It Yearns, Paul Simon and longtime producer(...)

“It may be scant consolation to the victims of Israeli abuse but boycotting Israeli culture isn’t the answer.” Photograph: Stockbyte/Getty Images

What do cultural boycotts entail for those countries under sanction; are they effective and can they be morally justified? As a second-generation surv(...)

 Singer-songwriter Paul Simon at the  RDS in Dublin: As always   he was  accompanied by a brilliant band of world-class musicians. Photograph: James Forde

Suddenly a hush, all the bustle in the RDS, all the movement, laughter, impromptu reunions and snatches of overheard conversation appearing to consist(...)

Paul Simon: the most subtle of cerebral US singer-songwriters performs for the last time in Ireland at the RDS, Dublin. Photograph: Vincent West/Reuters

When the opening chords of Paul Simon’s beautiful elegy America soar out one last time this evening across the RDS arena in Dublin, emotion, memory an(...)

Paul Simon: He sings 27 songs in 140 minutes, careering through decades. Photograph: Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images

Paul Simon adopts a comical Mancunian accent as he remembers how promoters in the working men’s clubs would introduce him in the 1960s, telling audien(...)

  Paul Simon on stage at the 3 Arena in Dublin: he plays at the RDS next Friday. Photograph:   Eric Luke

Is it the end of the road for Paul Simon? Is it, as his songwriting colleague Bob Dylan has noted, “not dark yet, but it’s getting there”? Simon has (...)

Paul Simon: has encapsulated all that is good about artistic honesty

Saturday, July 7th The The Iveagh Gardens, Dublin; 7.30pm; €55.50; ticketmaster.ie It takes an artist of some standing to effectively disappear from (...)

“What is fatherhood, exactly? What does it mean to have a son? Why does the word ‘dad’ seem to ruin everything as a prefix, from jokes to rock?”

I can’t remember anything. Names. Dates. Lyrics. To be perfectly honest, I’m not even sure where I’m parked. That’s why I was stunned by the clarity (...)

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