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Roy Harper is back in the groove and focusing on music again

Despite being cleared of historical sex assault charges, West Cork resident Roy Harper was left rattled and broke by the experience. He’s glad to be focusing on his music again, writes Noel Baker

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Looking back on Nirvana's seminal album 'Nevermind' on its 25th anniversary

It’s a quarter century since Nirvana released their seminal album. Jonathan deBurca Butler looks back on a game-changer that’s still well worth a listen

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Songs of Erin are a family affair for Rachel Kelly and Una Hunt

WHEN mezzo-soprano Rachel Kelly steps onto the platform of the John Field Room on Friday to open a recital titled ‘Songs of Erin’, in the final week of Composing the Island, it will be very much a family affair. Accompanying her will be her mother, pianist and broadcaster Una Hunt.

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Banshee recalls a golden era

KENNY Morris is an eye- witness to rock ’n‘ roll history, writes Ed Power

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Ken Griffin of August Wells is doing his own thing

KEN Griffin of August Wells smiles when he hears himself described as the “overlooked genius” of Irish rock, Ed Power.

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Punk’s not dead says John Robb of the Membranes

As the Membranes play Clonakilty Guitar Festival this week, John Robb tells Eoghan O’Sullivan why they’re more keen on science than rock’n’roll clichés

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She's flying high but Wallis Bird thinking about coming in for landing

Wallis Bird has a happy new album and is in the midst of an Irish tour. After that, she really isn’t sure what comes next, writes Ed Power

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Album Review: The Divine Comedy - Foreverland

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Years & Years are realising what big pop stars they are

With a No 1 single in King, and a headline slot at Electric Picnic, Years & Years are finally coming around to the fact they really are pop stars, writes Ed Power

 

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Beyonce steals show at MTV awards

Beyonce won top honours at MTV’s Video Music Awards in New York, and rapper Drake professed his “love” for Rihanna, who collected a lifetime achievement award.

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Album review: James Vincent McMorrow, We Move

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Album review: Britney Spears, Glory

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Nicky Siano talks about the birth of dance music in New York after Stonewall

As he gets ready to play Electric Picnic, clubland pioneer Nicky Siano tells Ed Power how dance music was born on the mean streets of New York amid the ashes of the Stonewall riots.

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Teenage Fanclub: Not quite teenagers any more

Rock‘n’roll. Such an evocative phrase. What do we think of when someone says it? Sex, drugs, youthful rebellion, private jets filled with groupies, and the odd TV thrown from a hotel room window...

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Album Review: Frank Ocean

Blonde
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Electric Picnic putting a fresh twist on New Order

The Electric Picnic headliners are relevant again, despite four decades on the road, writes Ed Power

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Album review: Blossoms - Blossoms

4/5

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Colm Mac Con Iomaire: Have violin, used to travel

With young kids, globetrotting got too much for the Frames violinist. Now he’s happy to hone his art at home, writes Ed Power

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Eight personalities speak about their favourite ever album

It’s been a big year for album anniversaries and classic reissues, so Ed Power asked a bunch of people to select the long player that they love most

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Album Review: Wild Beasts - Boy King

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New dance show ProdiJIG has been dubbed the new Riverdance

ProdiJIG has got five-star reviews across the board. The dancers naturally take centre stage – but what about the music? Ellie O’Byrne meets MOXIE, the band behind the innovative sound.

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Album review: Michael Kiwanuka - Love and Hate

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Five things we learned at Indiependence 2016

Joe Leogue looks back on another fine weekend of fun and music at the Mitchelstown festival

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Jake Bugg is the Justin Bieber of British rock

Bringing dance elements into his new album may have split the fans, but the Nottingham singer is staying true to his muse, writes Ed Power

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The Kooks are making the best of an era where people don't buy music

As the UK band get ready to headline Indiependence, they tell Ed Power about adjusting to an era where many people won’t buy music.

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A question of taste with Stephanie Rainey

Stephanie Rainey is from Glanmire in Cork. Her next release on Warner Records is due in the autumn, and she is also playing Indiependence in Mitchelstown on Saturday.

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Josephine Lee: I’d like to teach the world to sing

Chicago choir leader Josephine Lee was in Cork recently for Summer Sing, writes Ellie O’Byrne

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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

4/5

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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

5/5

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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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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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