Tom Waits

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Tommy Halferty

SATURDAY JUNE 9 Carmel McCreagh/Flo McSweeney/Fiachra Trench Arthurs, Dublin, 9.30pm, €12, arthurspub.ie It sounds simple – two singers, one pianist(...)

It is simply the sound of Tom Waits, a true artist creating new rules & pushing boundaries

Tom Waits still frightens the life out of me. He has always seemed otherworldly or an actor flamboyantly playing the role of a real-life person. I app(...)

You haven’t escaped yet. Before awards season closes down for a month or two – it’s now almost as long as the football season – we beg your indulgence(...)

New Irish writers: Olivia Kiernan, Caroline O’Donoghue, Helen Cullen, Rebecca O’Connor, Danny Dentonand Caoilinn Hughes

Helen Cullen The Lost Letters of William Woolf  (Penguin, July) William Woolf works as a letter detective in the dead letters depot of east Lond(...)

Grace Dyas: “I think everyone should have a house. It shouldn’t be that someone having a load of property means that someone else doesn’t.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

What is your death-row meal? Gary: Mine is a snack box from the Savoy chipper on the North Circular Road. It has to have a breast of chicken, it ha(...)

A festival highlight: Martha Wainwright plays Tradfest

Taking as its starting point an all-embracing notion of traditional music, Temple Bar Tradfest has captured the zeitgeist this year, whether by accide(...)

Shane McGowan:  The Pogues’ Fairytale is now 30 years old. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

I had forgotten the singer Dan Fogelberg was no longer with us until noticing that today is the 10th anniversary of his premature death. But on a happ(...)

Lynn Ruane and Niall ‘Bressie’ Breslin.

What is the worst advice you’ve ever received? Lynn: I find that hard to answer because I have a tiny small number of people to go to for advice and (...)

Storm Ophelia passing Porthcawl in Wales. Photograph: Rebecca Naden/Reuters

1. The wind that shakes the barley. 2. The wind that shakes everything else, but leaves Teresa Mannion heroically upright. 3. Wind that’s misspelt(...)

Morrissey: bed-bound. Photograph: Savenok/Getty Images for Firefly/AFP

BJÖRK The Gate **** If Björk’s 2015 album, Vulnicura, dealt with themes of heartbreak, following the dissolution of her 13-year relationship with (...)

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