Steve Cooney

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Martin Hayes’s (centre) latest collaboration, The Common Ground Ensemble, is founded in Irish traditional music.

If repetition is the death of art, then Martin Hayes’s music is destined for infinity. How tempting it might be to tread water with The Gloaming, give(...)

A glorious celebration of a heritage

Transposing tunes composed specifically for the harp to the modest six-string guitar is an endeavour suited only to a musician with a penchant for per(...)

Mike Hanrahan (2nd right) with Stockton’s Wing. The band  play Dublin Castle as part of Temple Bar Tradfest on Friday, January 24th. Photograph: Lucy Foster

They were a band who defied convention and classification. Their sound was rooted in folk but with an undeniable contemporary feel. Stockton’s Wing, a(...)

Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh recorded a sung version of the Blasket Island slow air Port na bPúcaí

2019 was the year of the harp and of lateral musical thinking. As the only country in the world with a musical instrument as our national emblem, we h(...)

Jim Walsh and William Hammond (centre in light blue shirts) have been organising the Cork Folk Festival on a voluntary basis over the last 40 years. Photograph: Tony O’Connell photography

It was the year of the Pope’s visit, Maggie Thatcher becoming British Prime Minister and the Boomtown Rats making No 1 in the UK Charts with Rat Trap (...)

Martin Hayes: ‘I always bring a gadget with me when I’m playing concerts ... right now, it’s the Midas Stage Box, which gives me control over the way my sound is shaped for the audience.’ Photograph: Erin Baiano

Current favourite book I’m reading The Essentials of Theory U by this guy from MIT, Otto Scharmer. It’s about ways of communicating and solving probl(...)

St Patrick’s Day: spectators at last year’s Dublin parade. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty

The forecast may not be great for this year’s St Patrick’s Day, but there are lots of events and other attractions, many indoors, to keep you entertai(...)

Bram Stoker Festival: the Dublin event runs from Friday until Monday. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall

The final bank-holiday weekend before we give up the ghost for the year has, happily, plenty of ghostcentric events – and a whole lot more besides, ri(...)

Musicians Neil Martin and Christy Moore were among those to carry the coffin of uilleann piper Liam O’Flynn at his funeral in Kill, Co Kildare.  . Photograph: Alan Betson

Liam O’Flynn “understood simplicity in a way few people did. He understood space. He understood silence,” recalled the late uileann piper’s friend and(...)

Selected highlights chosen by Michael Dervan, Jim Carroll, Tony Clayton-Lea, Siobhán Long, Aidan Dunne, Peter Crawley and Cormac Larkin GOOD FRIDAY (...)

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