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Singer Dessie O’Halloran with Sheila Prendiville in her shop in Castleisland. File photograph: John Reidy

Tributes have been paid to the traditional musician Dessie O’Halloran after he died, following a short illness, aged 79. O’Halloran, who recorded his(...)

Ryan Adams: the singer-songwriter denies this week’s allegations. Photograph: Elizabeth Weinberg/New York Times

Ryan Adams, the American singer-songwriter who has been accused of abusive behaviour with an underage girl, is no stranger to controversy. Lizzy Good(...)

Several women say Adams offered to jumpstart their music careers, then pursued them sexually and in some cases retaliated when they spurned him. He denies the claims. Photograph: Elizabeth Weinberg/The New York Times.

For nearly two decades, Ryan Adams, one of the most prolific singer-songwriters of his generation, has been heralded as a mercurial creative genius a(...)

Whatever about Dylan Thomas’s dad, Willie Nelson has no intention of going gently into that good night. If anything expect a rueful remark as on the o(...)

Nakia and the Blues Grifters: “[The Health Alliance for Austin Musicians] has played a major role in cultivating the Austin music scene by keeping artists healthy and on stage. If you’re not sick you won’t have to miss a gig.” Photograph: Ben Porter

Some say all true art comes from suffering. Reenie Collins from the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM) would argue the contrary. “A happy, he(...)

Louis Walsh: 'I say things I shouldn’t say and as I’m saying it I know I shouldn’t say it.' Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

“I never wanted to be on TV,” says one of Britain and Ireland’s biggest TV stars. “It was never part of the plan. Never, ever. I just wanted to be a m(...)

Matt Murphy (85) and Michael O’Sullivan (58) pictured got married in Dublin on Friday to avoid inheritance tax. Photograph: Collins

Matt Murphy and Michael O’Sullivan, the friends who said they would marry to avoid taxes, went through with the ceremony on Friday at Dublin register (...)

Frankie Cosmos

Friday, July 28th JFDR Connolly’s of Leap, Cork, 8pm, €12, connollysofleap.com. Also Sat, Kasbah Social Club, Limerick, 9pm, €10, dolans.ie; Sun, Rói(...)

In 1979, British inflation was 18 per cent, Margaret Thatcher was elected British prime minister, the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan, Sony launched (...)

“Country is just the blues played by hillbillies . . . It’s all the blues for me.” The grandees of the Country Music Association might feel the collar(...)

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