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Album Review: Nina Simone - The Philips Years

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Tommy Emmanuel can't wait to play the hometown of one of his guitar heroes

Tommy Emmanuel has shared stages with the likes of Eric Clapton and Jeff Lynne, and is looking forward to playing in the hometown of one of his other guitar heroes, writes Ed Power

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West Cork musician Jessie Kennedy is giving voice to local history

THIS has been an intense year for West Cork musician Jessie Kennedy, writes Aisling Meath

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Katy B has quality with a diverse mix of tracks for her new album Honey

Katy B signed up the likes of Major Lazer and Four Tet for her new album and she isn’t bothered that it’s resulted in a diverse range of tracks, writes Andy Welch

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Limerick native Tom Prendergast went from illegal alien in New York to record producer

Tom Prendergast headed for the States 30 years ago without much of a plan. Before long he’d opened a music store and started his own label, he tells Michael Moynihan

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A rags to riches story: Find out how Benjamin Clementine found fame

 

Benjamin Clementine left England for Paris where he was homeless until he was discovered busking on the streets. He was signed to a label and went on to win the Mercury Music Prize. David Byrne meet’s the music’s most unlikely success story.

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No frills, just epic songs from perfect Pixies at the Marquee

Boston indie legends Pixies brought the curtain down on the 2016 series of Live At The Marquee shows with the kind of pure rock mastery the world has come to expect of them.

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Tom Jones sets the pulse racing at the Marquee

Joan from Northern Ireland was showing off her heart-monitoring wristband to her friends as John Blek and the Rats warmed up the crowd for Tom Jones.

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Walking on Cars delight 5,000 fans at the Marquee as they continue meteoric rise

In just a few short years, Kerry-based band Walking on Cars has catapulted to fame. Through a combination of hard work and perseverance, the alt-rockers have gone from gigging in shabby back rooms to serenading some of the country’s biggest venues.

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Beyoncé gets in formation for a feminist tour de force

Beyoncé at Croke Park was a tour de force at every level.

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Macroom’s 'Mountain Dew' was Ireland's first rock festival

Roz Crowley takes a walk down memory lane and looks back at the Mountain Dew, Ireland’s first ever rock festival.

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Album Review: Blood Orange - Freetown Sound

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Album Review: The Avalanches - Wildflower

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All hail the queen of pop: Why Beyonce rules the world

 

Ahead of tonight’s performance at Croke Park, Carolyn Moore pays tribute to a true music icon.

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Forty years of punk and why it still rocks

It’s 40 years since angry young bands like The Sex Pistols outraged society, but their influence is everywhere, says Suzanne Harrington.

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Have a look at this music festival with a difference

Hungary’s biggest electronic music festival began this Wednesday on Central Europe’s biggest lake, Lake Balaton, and runs until this Sunday (6th to 10th July).

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Olly Murs proves he's a first-class entertainer at the Marquee

A pure entertainer from head to toe, there’s a reason why Olly Murs has packed the Marquee every time he comes to Cork. He’s all fun, no additives; just 100% pure fun.

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Hermitage Green stumbled into a music career but they haven't looked back

Former Munster rugby player Barry Murphy and his pals stumbled into careers in music, he tells Ed Power

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Foals rock Marquee to leave fans hoping they come back soon

It’s the first time I’ve seen indie art rock pop band Foals perform live and I can’t help but feel excited. 

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Live music review: Saul Williams at Cyprus Avenue, Cork

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Noel Gallagher dedicates ‘Half the World Away’ to Caroline Aherne

Noel Gallagher paid tribute to his friend Caroline Aherne by dedicating his song ‘Half The World Away’ to her during a show in America.

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Wheel deal as Nathan Carter makes the accordion sexy on Leeside

This jobs has its perks. I’ve been lucky enough to see some of the world’s top performers in our tent by the Lee and call it, cough, work. But I can say, without hyperbole, I have never seen the level of sheer adulation as at the Nathan Carter show last night.

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Don Henley charms Marquee audience in a minute with fresh offerings

Don Henley rocked a jam-packed Marquee, and charmed into submission an audience that started the night a bit chatty.

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West Cork Chamber Music festival will be treated to demonstrations by instrument makers

A group of top instrument makers will show off their age-old crafts at West Cork Chamber Music festival, writes Cathy Desmond

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Album review - The Mountain Will Fall

DJ Shadow

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Foals are surfing the wave and love playing the bigger venues

Foals have seen their status rise from indie darlings to big arena megastars, and they’re loving
it, writes Ed Power

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Polica’s Channy Leaneagh doesn’t care what the haters think

Poliça’s Channy Leaneagh isn’t bothered that some critics don’t ‘get’ their superb new album, writes Ed Power

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Everybody dancing as Chic gets groovy at Marquee

Humblebrag. Noun. An ostensibly modest or self-deprecating statement whose actual purpose is to draw attention to something of which one is proud.

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Overhead, The Albatross are soaring high with own brand of instrumental rock

Named after a Pink Floyd song, Irish group Overhead, The Albatross are impressing with their new album, writes Eoghan O’Sullivan.

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John O'Brien is bringing song to his native city for Cork Midsummer Festival

As well as a production of La Traviata, Cork composer/conductor John O’Brien has a number of other projects on the way, he tells Jo Kerrigan

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Message is in the music, not social media, for Santigold

As she shuns social media and rails against the formulaic nature of modern pop, Santigold is a breath of fresh air, writes Ed Power

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Stand by your clan: life on the road with music royalty

Ahead of her visit to Ballymaloe, June Carter Cash tells Ed Power what it was like to grow up in such an esteemed family.

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Live music: Neil Young at the 3Arena, Dublin

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Laura Mvula is older, wiser, still dreaming

Laura Mvula’s new album is about much more than her recent breakup, writes Ed Power

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Live music: Radiohead at Primavera, Barcelona

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Looking back at stand-out memories from Live at the Marquee

Live at the Marquee kicked off last night in Cork, so Ellie O’Byrne canvassed some of the regular festival goers to pick a stand-out memory

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Older and wiser: The Corrs comeback

Sharon Corrs’ kids had no idea their mum was a music icon – until the band made a comeback, she tells Lorraine Wylie.

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Live music review: LCD Soundsystem, Sala Barts, Barcelona

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Album review: Garbage, Strange Little Birds

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Gavin James is taking the road to success at his own pace

Loved by Ed Sheeran and offered a lift in One Direction’s jet? Gavin James has taken his meteoric rise in his stride, writes Ed Power

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Catfish and the Bottlemen are the next really big name in rock

Catfish and the Bottlemen’s rise has not been impeded by their clunky moniker. They are even being compared to Oasis, writes Ed Power

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Live music: Last Shadow Puppets

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Violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen has always pulled the strings

As a small child, Waley-Cohen insisted her parents book music lessons for her, says Jo Kerrigan

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Michael Kiwanuka: A black man in a white world fighting back the stereotype

As a middle-class Londoner, singer Michael Kiwanuka is accustomed to not fulfilling the racial stereotypes that people might have of him, writes Ed Power.

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Billy Ocean is finding out about the important things in life

Right at the height of his global fame, Billy Ocean walked away from the music business, preferring to spend time with his family. He tells Ed Power why he did it

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Sixties psychedelia hero Donovan is the sunshine survivor as he returns to Cork

The creator of the psychedelic pop sound is more than happy to be playing a concert in his adopted home of Cork, he tells Ed Power

 

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Madonna and Stevie Wonder in Prince tribute in Las Vegas

Stevie Wonder and Madonna led tributes to Prince at an emotional Billboard Music Awards, where Adele was named Top Artist as she continued her domination of the music world.

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Paul McCartney took to drink after Beatles broke up

Paul McCartney has revealed he started drinking heavily and came close to quitting music after The Beatles broke up.

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Adele to sign £90m deal with Sony Music

Adele is reportedly due to sign a £90m record contract, landing the biggest deal ever handed to a British musician.

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How electronic music pioneer Jean Michel Jarre formed an unlikely collaboration with Edward Snowden

Jean Michel Jarre and Edward Snowden might seem an unlikely duo, but the electronic music pioneer tells Ed Power why they were an ideal match

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Live music review: ELO at 3Arena, Dublin

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John Metcalfe is pulling strings for an eclectic list

JOHN Metcalfe’s album, The Appearance of Colour, is just his fourth solo release in 30 years. But don’t let that fool you, writes Alan O’Riordan

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Sean-nós singer Danny Maidhcí Ó Súilleabháin strikes a blow for Múscraí

THINK of the Muskerry singing tradition and the likes of Iarla Ó Lionáird, Cór Chúil Aodha, or Nell Ní Chróinín may spring to mind. But whisper it quietly — the singing in this Cork Gaeltacht is not exclusively as Gaeilge.

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Album review: Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool

The stadium band that hates being a stadium band, Radiohead have always been at their most fascinating when confronting the contradictions of their identity.

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Jack O'Rourke wins prestigious International Songwriting Competition

Cork songwriter Jack O'Rourke has joined the likes of Gotya, The Band Perry, Amanda Palmer and Mick Flannery by becoming a winner in the prestigious International Songwriting Competition. Jack's song 'Silence' received first place in the Lyrics Category, judged by industry legends such as Tom Waits and Bill Withers. 

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Radiohead mystery may be publicity stunt

Radiohead has disappeared — from the internet, that is.

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Album review: Brian Eno, The Ship

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Millennial girl: It’s a good time to be Meghan Trainor

A Grammy, a J-Lo hit, a collaboration with Harry Styles, a flash car and a house with a backyard in LA. It’s a good time to be Meghan Trainor, writes Shilpa Ganatra.

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Mel Mercier's musical journey from UCC to UL

After 30 years in UCC, Mel Mercier has now taken up a post in University of Limerick, writes Colette Sheridan

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It’s all good as Richmond Fontaine go out on a high note

Willy Vlautin of Richmond Fontaine talks with Gerry Quinn about the band’s breakup and closing gigs

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Luka Bloom is squaring the musical circle in West Cork

Luka Bloom’s new album was recorded at Lettercollum House in Timoleague, writes Eoghan O’Sullivan

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Beverley Craven is back trying to fulfill her promise again

Beverley Craven had a worldwide hit, but found raising a family didn’t fit with the life of a pop star, writes Ed Power

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Frank & Walters can still knock out a winning anthem after all these years

As the Frank & Walters release a new album, Ed Power finds the band happy to live in the present rather than looking back to their early glory days

 

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Hip-hop trio keep it in the Rusangano Family

As they release their new album today in Cork, Rusangano Family tell Don O’Mahony of their life-changing sojourn to the SXSW festival.

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Paul Heaton understands why fans want to hear the old hits

Paul Heaton hates nostalgia, but is aware why fans want to hear music from his days with the
Beautiful South and the Housemartins, writes Ed Power

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‘Colossal’ Rolling Stones interactive exhibition opens today

The Rolling Stones wanted ‘Exhibitionism’, their first-ever major exhibition, to be a “colossal” reflection of 54 years in the music business.

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Steve Barron: How I made the Billie Jean video with Michael Jackson

Steve Barron directed the music video for ‘Billie Jean’, the chart-topping second single from 1982’s Thriller.

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Surfin’ in a foreign field: The best music festivals abroad this year

Fancy some festival action as part of your summer holidays? Ed Power selects the ten best events around Europe

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Sons of Kemet are an innovative band that really do have sax appeal

Sons of Kemet are bringing their superb live sound to Ireland for two gigs, writes Alan O’Riordan

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Album review: Birdy, Beautiful Lies

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Piano provided the keys for Derry musician Ryan Vail's debut album

Ryan Vail used his restoration project on an old piano to inspire his debut album of mellow electronica, writes Ed Power

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Album review: Zayn Malik, Mind of Mine

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Oasis top the lot for best of British song poll by Radio X

‘Wonderwall’ by Oasis has been voted the ultimate British song, according to a Best of British poll by Radio X.

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Georgie Fame reflects on his career ahead of Cork gig

As he gets ready to play in Cork, Georgie Fame tells Ed Power about hanging out with The Beatles and being reduced to tears by Van Morrison 

 

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Majella Cullagh is lending her voice to a church she loves

Majella Cullagh will perform at a fundraiser next week for St Mary’s in Cork, writes Jo Kerrigan

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Live Music: The 1975 - 3Arena, Dublin

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Album reissue review: Michael Jackson - Off The Wall

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From Kilmichael to the Foggy Dew, Ireland's favourite rebel songs

Marjorie Brennan selects a Top 10 of the best rebel songs

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The 1975: A year of living sensibly

Chart-topping band The 1975 may have a reputation as a louche bunch of party boys, but Ed Power finds singer Matthew Healy is a hard worker who’s written some great songs

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Keys can’t lock Jack into a genre

JACK O’Rourke is an overnight sensation 10 years in the making, writes Ed Power

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Classical music: Irish Chamber Orchestra - UCH, Limerick

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Album Review: Gregory Porter - Take Me to the Alley

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Cork artist Cornerboy is on hip-hop’s centre stage

CORNERBOY, also known as Neil Brennan to his nearest and dearest, must be among the few Irish people who can use the adjective ‘dope’ and not get laughed out of town.

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Album review: Primal Scream, Chaosmosis

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Live music review: The Gloaming, National Concert Hall, Dublin

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Dierks Bentley is looking forward to playing Dublin's Olympia

The Olympia is the perfect venue for Dierks Bentley on his return to Ireland, he tells Ed Power

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Cork singer Stephanie Rainey pours her heart into her music

The tragic death of her nephew inspired Stephanie Rainey to write a song in his honour, writes Ed Power

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