Saying 'Yeah' to jazz

Jazz and punk rock may seem like opposite ends of the musical spectrum, but to drummer Brian Chase, switching between genres is all in a day’s work.

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Don for Chickens as the quirky voice of Cork

An ode to Mattie Kiely’s chipshop and a poke at the city’s main drainage scheme form part of a new show inspired by the words of the late Mick Lynch, ...

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Out of Africa and into Cork's Live at the Marquee

Toto will play their classic mega-hit, and plenty more hits from their impressive repertoire, at the Marquee in Cork, writes Ed Power.

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‘You can’t be relaxed as a customer if the staff aren’t relaxed’

Maeve Ryan is managing director of The Book Centre in Waterford city. The stores sells books, stationery, gifts and more and also has branches in Kilkenny, Wexford ...

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'I did it for the money': Francis Rossi opens up about life in Status Quo

The autobiography of Status Quo’s Francis Rossi is typically frank about life in the band, not least the tale of how he lost part of his nose to cocaine, writes ...

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Finding your subculture tribe in new RTÉ series

RTÉ’s new series focuses on youth subcultures such as skinheads and mods.

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Ready for the big final? We go behind the scenes on Dancing with Stars

It’s Dancing with the Stars finale weekend. Esther McCarthy goes behind the scenes to meet the backstage team

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The early career and defection of Rudolf Nureyev who captivated Paris

David Hare tells Esther McCarthy about writing a film on the early career and defection of Rudolf Nureyev.

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Double act on a one-woman play

Hanging by the telephone, waiting for offers of work, was not something that actor and writer, Clare Monnelly, could tolerate.

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A Question of Taste: Derek Burke

Derek Burke is from Lisgoold, near Midleton, Co Cork.

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Review: Anderson.Paak at the Olympia, Dublin

Des O'Driscoll witnessed a superb show by Anderson.Paak at the Olympia in Dublin.

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Irish author’s mental health memoir shortlisted for prize

An Irish author has been shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize, an annual British award celebrating the best new books that illuminate how health, medicine and ...

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Francis Rossi: ‘Think about my legacy? That would be far too pompous’

Status Quo’s Francis Rossi has a frank chat with Luke Rix-Standing – trashing the so-called rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle and ‘fessing up ...

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All set for summer with a ray of festivals and gigs to chose from

Now that the line-up for Electric Picnic has been released, it’s time to finalise your plans for a busy season of music events, writes Ed Power.

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Four become five for short trip home to Cork

The Cork couple from the renowned Carducci Quartet are looking forward to playing with Julian Bliss on their Irish tour this week, writes Cathy Desmond.

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Sunny days for Dingle animation as native son John Rice returns with festival

After working with some of the top companies in the US, Kerry animator John Rice was happy to set up a festival in his native county, writes Esther McCarthy.

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WE SELL BOOKS: ‘I have a lot of roadkill I get stuffed. I hate passing a decent specimen on the road’

Conor Kelleher runs Gadaí Dubh bookshop in Ballymakeera, in the Muskerry Gaeltacht in Co Cork. It sells new, used and antiquarian books.

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Theatre review: The Country Girls at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin

Edna O’Brien’s The Country Girls lives in the public imagination foremost as one of those banned and burned books, testament to post-independence Ireland’s ...

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Album review: Dido - Still on My Mind

It was an unlikely Eminem endorsement that turned the masses on to Dido’s wine bar pop in the early 2000s. As sampled by Slim Shady’s fan-goes-cray-cray ...

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Brian lines out for a Gleeson family affair

Brian Gleeson tells Esther McCarthy about appearing in a short film written and directed by other members of his clan

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Irish artist Mary Swanzy was a woman of many styles

Irish artist Mary Swanzy’s reputation is being restored to its rightful place with a new exhibition at the Crawford, writes Marjorie Brennan.

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Scene + Heard: Your entertainment guide to the weekend

GIG WISE: Nicki Minaj is due to take to the stage at 3Arena, Dublin, at 9pm tonight, and everybody will have their fingers crossed that all goes to plan.

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Salonika: Cork’s greatest hit

As Jimmy Crowley and Lankum join forces for a gig, Marjorie Brennan delves into the fascinating history of the wartime ballad they both perform

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GameTech: ‘Days Gone’ hoping to put new life in zombies

How many days of your life have you spent gaming?

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A brush with Devine inspiration: Exclusive extract from Colm O'Regan's new book

In this exclusive extract from Colm O’Regan’s new book, ‘Ann Devine Ready for Her Close-Up’, mammy and daughter tiptoe through the social ...

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Ruth Anne Cunningham: Doing it for herself

She left Dublin for LA at just 17 – and wrote music for everyone from Niall Horan to Britney Spears. But as she performs in Cork this weekend, Ruth Anne tells ...

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Musical partnership across two continents

The collaboration between Aidan Coffey and the late Séamus Creagh was founded in Cork and survived for many years over long distances, writes Pet O’Connell ...

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Rumble in the jungle: Ben Affleck casts his troubles aside for impressive new Netflix film

Ben Affleck may have been battling his own demons, but he also impresses in his new Netflix action film, writes Ed Power

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Kelsey Grammer is fighting against justice for latest role

KELSEY Grammer has a foolproof criteria when it comes to accepting a role. And it certainly seems to be working for the Frasier actor, whose esteemed repertoire ...

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‘The Harry Potter revolution was a huge boon to reading’

Vinny Browne is manager of Charlie Byrne’s in Galway, one of Ireland’s best-known independent bookshops.

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Corkman's novel about teenage mental health shortlisted for major book award

A book by Corkman Cethan Leahy about teenage mental health is one of ten titles shortlisted for a major Irish book award.

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Five things for the week ahead

Ben Affleck leads the cast in a decent action film about a group of military veterans who decide to rob a drug lord.

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John Cooper Clarke: In my own words

As John Cooper Clarke prepares for his Irish tour, he talks music, mad gigs, top fashion tips, and giving up heroin

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Review: Choice Music Prize, Vicar Street, Dublin

Live music: Choice Music Prize, Vicar Street, Dublin

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Review: The Gloaming, National Concert Hall

Upon the release of The Gloaming 3 in February, it was announced that the beloved contemporary trad group would be taking a break for 2020.

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Sharon Corr is set for the stage with fellow musician Vonda Shepherd

Sharon Corr is ready to take to the stage once more, this time with fellow musician, Vonda Shepherd, she tells Lorraine Wylie.

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Captain Marvel: why female superheroes are not just for International Women's Day

The release date of Marvel’s first solo female superhero film was deliberately timed to coincide with International Women’s Day.

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'I’m just trying to connect to the people who are interested to hear what I’m doing now'

David Gray’s new album might be more experimental, but it still features the heart-on-sleeve approach of his breakthrough record, writes Lucy Mapstone

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Schull sessions make for a heady brew

Releasing the music he made with the late Fergus O’Farrell was a labour of love for David Bickley, writes Ellie O’Byrne

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Books are delightful as they are – don't fall in the trap of competitive reading

My happiest times in childhood were spent reading the books of E. Nesbit, C.S. Lewis and Joan Aiken, writes Sally O'Reilly.

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A Question of Taste: Mick Flynn, Lord Mayor of Cork City

Mick Finn, Lord Mayor of Cork city, was born and raised on Friars Walk but has also lived intermittently in Athlone, Dublin and Sydney. He atttended Sullivan’s ...

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Rappers, rockers and shoe-gazers: Choice Music Nominees

Judges on tonight’s Choice Music Prize face a tough task trying to select a winner from a diverse range of strong albums. Eoghan O’Sullivan runs his ...

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GameTech: Getting funky with Toejam and Earl

People tell you to live life in the present, but living for presents is much more fun. Toejam and Earl: Back in the Groove does both, by dragging an ancient classic ...

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Led Zeppelin: Whole lotta love

On this day in 1971, Led Zeppelin played a gig at the National Stadium in Dublin. John Daly recalls an event that was also his first ever gig.

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Coming out of the shadows: Keira Knightley on her latest role

Keira Knightley tells Gemma Humphreys about her latest role in a little-known tale of post-war civilian life in Germany.

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Comedian Chris Kent taking his electrician past on stage

IN A previous life, the comedian Chris Kent used to work as an electrician. He says on stage that whenever he used to see a fire engine whistling past on his home ...

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Cork singer Lyra doing her own thing with music as large as her personality

A major label deal could push Lyra to the next level, writes Ed Power.

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Irish women to be celebrated at 'The Business of Books' ahead of International Women's Day

A number of Irish women working in the literary field are to be celebrated this Thursday as part of Network Cork's 'The Business of Books' event.

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The key to the success of 30-year Waterford music shop

John Palmer has been running his musical instrument shop in the heart of Waterford city for 30 years.

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Lights, camera, action: Youghal students make the cut

It’s something of a tall tale: a Transition Year student gets locked in a school supplies cupboard and is helped out of her predicament by a kindly ghost.

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