Singer Ottilie Patterson performs on stage in 1965. Photograph: David Redfern/Redferns

It’s a little known fact that one of Ireland’s first blues and jazz singers was the Hiberno-Latvian singer Otillie Patterson. A native of Comber, Co D(...)

Bob Dylan: on his 1966 British tour he binned the dungarees and lumberjack shirts of the Greenwich Village years and stocked up in the boutiques of Carnaby Street. Photograph: Ochs/Getty

Forty years ago I got a summer job on a building site near Dalkey, that picturesque coastal village in south Co Dublin, making tea and running errands(...)

Given Randy Newman’s penchant for puncturing American mores with deftly drawn ambivalence, you might expect that his first album of new material in ni(...)

Sonny Boy Williamson: As well as having a voice that was sly, dark and world-weary he could also play the harmonica better than anyone else. Photograph: Val Wilmer/Cache Agency

At almost seven foot tall, Sonny Boy Williamson cut an impressive figure whenever he rolled into town. He made no bones about hiding his hard liquor h(...)