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You want music that winds you down, but also engages your ears and your musical sensibilities, and is written by real, talented artists and not some mindless mindfulness algorithm. Photograph:  Getty Images

It seems a long time since we had time on our hands – but time is pretty much all we have now as we wait for this crisis to run its course and – hopef(...)

Disaffected but not punk, eager to please but only on their own terms, a thorn shoved into the skin of church and state, it is easy to view The Boomto(...)

Our national anthem was originally written by Peadar Kearney in English and was translated into Irish only in 1916.

As a sports fan I find myself singing Amhrán na bhFiann quite a lot: whether it is watching soccer or rugby internationals at the Aviva or (less frequ(...)

Peter Gunning: ‘Get out of my way sickies. I do not need an infection.’

I went to a Brian Kennedy concert recently in the The Grainstore in Ballymaloe House. (He was great by the way, I particularly liked his Van Morrison (...)

Arty McGlynn was an affectionate father, deeply rooted in his family and home place. Photograph: NurPhoto via Getty

Arty McGlynn Born: August 7th, 1944 Died: December 18th, 2019 Arty McGlynn was the first musician to put the steel string guitar up front and centre(...)

As if further testimony were needed, Dundalk singer-songwriter David Keenan’s debut album is a pointer to his individualist sensibilities. A Beginner’(...)

Van Morrison has recently been busy touring and has just celebrated the release of a new album, Three Chords and the Truth. Photograph: PA

Belfast music legend Van Morrison’s main entertainment company last year recorded pretax profits of £1.39 million (€1.63 million). New accounts (...)

Rod Stewart at the 3Arena. Photograph:  Crispin Rodwell, The Irish Times

The Voice of Rod ranks as among classic pop’s seven wonders. It descends from on-high at the 3Arena, whisking the audience off to soft rock singalong (...)

Barry McCormack: I had all these songs about Dublin and then I sort of put them to the side and thought what else do I do?   Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Barry McCormack, once a singer with 1990s indie band Jubilee Allstars and now a creator of wry, literate folk songs, is one of Ireland’s best songwrit(...)

Georgie Hyde-Lees with her husband William Butler Yeats. She became the most influential of his muses. He described the leanhaun shee  as  the Gaelic muse, giving  inspiration to those she persecutes. Photograph: Keystone/Getty Images

Everybody in Ireland still knows what a banshee is, even if reported sightings seem to have tailed off dramatically since the coming of rural electrif(...)

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