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Alana Haim and Cooper Hoffman in Licorice Pizza

You don’t need to have been alive in 1973 to appreciate the cultural gap that existed between the United States and these islands (far greater than th(...)

No self respecting Dubliner should be without Alen MacWeeney’s new collection

When a social-media post of one of Alen MacWeeney’s pictures of 1960s Dublin sparked a flood of appreciative comments, it set in train the process (...)

West Side Story: Ariana DeBose as Anita and David Alvarez as Bernardo

When it was announced that Steven Spielberg was to “remake” the much-celebrated 1961 film of West Side Story, there was much rhetorical pondering of w(...)

Damien McGeehan is now a member of Daniel O’Donnell’s band, but the touring schedule allows for very welcome and lengthy sojourns at home

It’s been a while in the making, but Donegal fiddle player Damien McGeehan’s new solo album comes with a whole sheaf of surprises lurking beneath its (...)

Niall Breslin's tattoo

Symbols of hope, remembering a loved one, an adopted son, overcoming trauma: people with tattoos tell Patrick Freyne the story behind their body ar(...)

Cork singer and songwriter Jack O’Rourke has always stood out from his contemporaries. His instrument of choice is piano, and because of this you can (...)

Mick Flannery: I’m so obsessed with songwriting that I try to keep my mind clear of musical distractions

I’ve been lucky during the pandemic: I’ve had lots to work on and keep my mind occupied. I was working on a duet album with Susan O’Neill when it star(...)

Paddy Hanna accepts that he has made an album that takes time to get to know, but one that is possibly his most beautifully-crafted.

Much like his music, you never know quite where a conversation with Paddy Hanna will take you. One minute you’re discussing the serious lyrical themes(...)

“I’d wonder why I found what I was doing so satisfying. What was the evolutionary purpose of dancing?” Photograph: Getty Images

In my early-to-middle, middle years, I loved to dance. Freeform, slightly inebriated dancing, to popular tunes by such inspired marvels as Talking Hea(...)

Much like his performance at last year’s Electric Picnic, anyone expecting Jarvis Cocker to flick through the back pages of Pulp on his first album of(...)

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