Ron Kavana RIP: 'no-nonsense, rock'n'roll, colourful, wild …. and great'

Colin Randall remembers Ron Kavana …. Saturday night out in Belfast. It was easy to work out from looking at the dance floor that the audience for Ron Kavana's band was predominantly from nationalist areas of the city. Young men... Read more →


So you wanna be a rock ’n’ roll star? No, a folk singer

Bill Taylor writes: Over the decades, the line has constantly been blurred between rock music, folk music and so-called folk-rock. For years, Roger McGuinn danced back and forth across that line and even tightrope-walked along it. And then he came... Read more →


Daoiri Farrell: fine performances of traditional songs of everyday Ireland

Andrew Curry writes: The Irish bouzouki player and singer Daoirí Farrell comes with some strong recommendations. Christy Moore says that he has taken on the mantle of Luke Kelly. Donal Lunny calls him one of “the most important traditional singers”... Read more →


Cover Story: Grace by Jim McCann, Caoimhe Mooney, Bobby Sands's granddaughter, a Beyonce-beating duo .... and Rod Stewart

Colin Randall writes: Nationalism gets a bad press. The word makes us think of hideous figure of the far right, all the way from Le Pen, Zemmour, Wilders and Meloni to Trump and - increasingly - the headbanger wing of... Read more →


‘Morris On’ on May Day

Andrew Curry writes: It’s May Day, so it’s a good day to pull Morris On off the shelves and put it on the turntable. The record dates from 1972, after Ashley Hutchings had left Steeleye Span, just before he started... Read more →