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Sounds Irish: The Dubliners in 1966. Photograph: Brian Shuel/Redferns/Getty
An A-Z of music in Ireland
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  • October 19, 2013, 01:00

Air The air, or slow air, is a piece of traditional music that is generally not set in a given time signature and is without a regular sense of metre.(...)

Van Morrison who has said he was ’honoured and delighted’ to have been granted the freedom of his native Belfast. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Van Morrison yesterday expressed his pleasure at receiving the freedom of Belfast and announced he would play a free concert the night he was official(...)

George Best with Swedish former Miss World Mary Stavin, publicising their fitness routine for lovers, “It Takes Two To Shape Up And Dance.”

Relax. This column does have something to do with George Best. But it will not relate – or only fleetingly in this sentence – that enormously tedious,(...)

Former Sinn Féin director of publicity Danny Morrison, founder of the west Belfast Feile

Just over 25 years ago some of the most shocking images from the Troubles were transmitted across the globe. They showed west Belfast caught in a vort(...)

Solly was unshakeably loyal in his friendships, and ferocious in his criticism if one failed to live up to his high standards. He relished good food, vintage wine, malt whiskey, expensive cigars. Photograph: Stanley Matchett

One of the most magical rooms I have ever entered was a dusty cubbyhole at the end of a corridor off Belfast’s High Street: Atlantic Records, windowle(...)

The two most lucrative shows at Dublin’s O2 venue last year were those of singer-songwriter Paul Simon, who grossed €1.6 million last July. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Sold-out concerts by One Direction and Van Morrison at Dublin’s 02 last year were not enough to prevent the group operating the venue incurring a 18 p(...)

Rod Stewart performing at the RDS on Saturday. Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

On the same night his former bandmate Ronnie Wood rocked Glastonbury with the Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart was treating delighted fans to a greatest hi(...)

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield gives a thumbs-up after a successful parachute landing in Kazakhstan. Photograph: Nasa handout/Reuters

The first Canadian astronaut to command the International Space Station landed safely in Kazakhstan with two crewmates today, wrapping up a five-mo(...)

Commander Chris Hadfield performs a version of David Bowie’s Space Oddity on board the International Space Station.

While thousands of his social media followers will wish International Space Station commander Chris Hadfield and his fellow astronauts bon voya(...)

Solly Lipsitz: opened Atlantic Records in Belfast after discovering jazz in the 1940s

Solly Lipsitz, who has died in his native Belfast, made a major contribution to the city’s cultural life. Probably his main achievements were b(...)

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