Joan Shelley has an orphic quality all her own, a pristine, bucolic cool, that lights up her songs of harmonious reflection.

Joan Shelley is about to head to Cambridge, Massachusetts, with a happy heart. “It’s a lovely spring, we’re opening for Richard Thompson, so it’s like(...)

A guitar in the making: Lowden Guitars in Downpatrick, Co Down. Photogrpah: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

A great guitar is all about the wood. And a great guitar maker, or luthier, knows how to choose that wood, how to shape it, how to let it breathe, ho(...)

Ergodos Musicians: Songs
  • Music
  • August 15, 2014, 00:00

In the end, it all comes back to songs. Though we may turn an ambitious ear to a Beethoven symphony, a Seamus Ennis reel or a late Coltrane improvisat(...)

It’s tricky being a musician these days. At least that’s what Richard Thompson thinks. “This is a tough time to be getting into music,” he recently(...)

Fiona Crouch of the Marine Biological Association of the UK, speaking during a survey as part of the launch of Shore Thing Ireland at Spiddal, Co Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Synthetic clothing, skin exfoliants and toothpaste may not sound too toxic, but to a lugworm or filter-feeding mussel they are lethal poison. (...)

Forget the clichéd “difficult second album” syndrome: it took Giuliano Nistri 10 years to write and three years to produce his first one. Despite its (...)

Niamh Dunne: Portraits
  • Music
  • July 12, 2013, 00:00

Flying her kite with this solo debut, Beoga’s singer and fiddler tests her mettle with songs drawn from traditional and contemporary sources. There’s (...)

Hal Willner has gone to sea again. A couple of years ago, the producer, encouraged by Pirates of the Caribbean duo Gore Verbinski and Johnny Depp, (...)

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