Shane Macgowan

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Jumping from self-releases to a working record label is grist to the mill for many working musicians. Lisa O’Neill’s previous three albums (2009’s Ha(...)

Australian musician and writer Nick Cave. Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/GettyImages

After a stirring recording of his poem Steve McQueen plays, the lights come up in the Abbey Theatre and Nick Cave is seated at a grand piano playing S(...)

Franz Ferdinand: they have just released their fifth studio album Always Ascending. “We had an absolute ball making it. I think it is a fun record”
Franz Ferdinand are a band reborn
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  • February 7, 2018, 07:00

In 2016, Franz Ferdinand’s lead guitarist, Nick McCarthy, packed his trunk and waved goodbye to the circus, choosing to spend time with his young fami(...)

Bob Geldof: I don’t think the Easter Rising is the foundational moment of the State. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A DVD of Bob Geldof’s documentary on WB Yeats has just been released in which Geldolf pays tribute to the man “who showed Ireland wasn’t just about th(...)

Damien Dempsey: “People thought I was a joke act or a gimmick.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Damien Dempsey, the charismatic singer with a repertoire of striking, honest songs, is surprisingly shy. He’s warm and insightful whether discussing t(...)

Shane MacGowan at his 60th birthday celebration at the National Concert Hall, in Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan

Nick Cave, Bono, Sinéad O’Connor, a Sex Pistol and the President of Ireland are at the National Concert Hall for Shane MacGowan’s 60th birthday. I lov(...)

 Shane MacGowan pictured backstage at the National Concert Hall  with President Michael D Higgins, Johnny Depp and Victoria Mary Clarke. Photograph: Mark Stedman

Some of Ireland’s best known politicians, musicians and artists are attending a tribute gala to the former Pogues singer Shane MacGowan who turned 60 (...)

The Rusangano Family feature at First Fortnight Big Gig at Tramline.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Saturday Jan 13 The Redneck Manifesto Whelan’s Dublin 8pm €20 (sold out) whelanslive.com They were once a revered regular act on the more fringe ar(...)

Brendan O’Carroll as Mrs Brown in this year’s ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’ Christmas special. Photograph: Alan Peebles

The Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas special was the most-watched television programme in Ireland this Christmas. Mrs Brown’s Boys: Mammy’s Mummy, in which(...)

Kirsty MacColl and Shane MacGowan: Fairytale of New York still  retains its emotional heft. Photograph: Patrick Ford / Redferns
Happy 60th birthday, Shane MacGowan

Shane MacGowan celebrates his 60th birthday today. For many, this is a modest achievement, but for this singular singer-songwriter it is remarkable on(...)

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