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A guitar in the making: Lowden Guitars in Downpatrick, Co Down. Photogrpah: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

A great guitar is all about the wood. And a great guitar maker, or luthier, knows how to choose that wood, how to shape it, how to let it breathe, ho(...)

Róisín Murphy “This has been the happiest  time of my life, and that’s all that matters”

When Róisín Murphy performed at London’s Royal Albert Hall with New Order in April this year for the Teenage Cancer Trust, the charity asked her what(...)

Rory Gallagher plays the Macroom Mountain Dew Festival in 1978. Photograph: Youtube/ Rory Gallagherblues fan

From Barry Roche, Southern Correspondent in Macroom, Co Cork It may have been almost a decade after Woodstock and the Isle of Wight but the Macroom(...)

Bob Geldof and Van Morrison in A Fanatic Heart, a biography of WB Yeats

‘The 1916 commemoration on O’Connell Street was like a bad North Korea-type military parade with emotionally overblown television coverage” – no, not(...)

Nathaniel Rateliff: “I love to swim laps. It doesn’t look like it, but I have to work out just to stay like this”

A darkened corner of a Dublin whiskey bar, full glass in hand, loud rhythm’n’blues playing over the speakers. You would be hard-pressed to find a bet(...)

Van Morrison: action settled on the basis of solicitor’s letter confirming PR executive John Saunders had ‘acted with integrity’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A public relations executive has said the record has been “set straight” after a defamation action that centred on the handling of allegations that Va(...)

Paul Charles: promoter, booking agent and music-industry peacemaker

He has a pile of well-received books under his belt that directly reference the grit and glitz of pop and rock. So it’s no surprise that Magherafel(...)

DAN KEENANVan the Man became the Belfast freeman last night when, before an audience of 2,500, he was conferred with the city’s highest honour. Van M(...)

Are Thinkerrs named for their ability to get your cogs whirring, or for their aptitude for lyrically dense, often abstract songs? Their second albu(...)

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