Album reviews: Paddy Casey, Villagers, The Killers
A pair of acclaimed Irish troubadours and the veteran US stadium rock outfit are reviewed this week
Classical Notes: Baroque orchestra aspires to an annual HandelFest
Running from August 20 to 22, the series of events includes a live performance of the composer’s acclaimed opera Acis and Galatea
Paddy Casey interview: ‘I got mad into locking myself away for a couple of hours’
The singer/songwriter picked up some curious creative habits during the lockdowns but the end result was his first physical release in almost a decade, the double album Turn This Ship Around
Classical Notes: Wexford Festival Opera to return with all guns blazing
Director Rosetta Cucchi is determined to make a splash with a programme of more than 50 separate events this October
On top of the world: the dizzying ascent of pop sensation Billie Eilish
Billie Eilish’s new album tackles the pressures of being so firmly in the public eye since she was 14, but it also shows that her love of music-making has in no way diminished
Interview: Musician Rónán Ó Snodaigh on finding a different route
The traditional musician and Kíla frontman used the lockdown to explore a different approach to music with his latest album, a collaborative effort with producer Myles O’Reilly
Classical Notes: Valentia puts classical style into the Wild Atlantic Way
The Chamber Music on Valentia festival has unveiled an enticing line-up of online concerts for this month’s event
Zeitgeist: Can live music become more inclusive after Covid?
With venues slowly beginning to reopen, the opportunity is there for a reimagining of the live music experience which ensures safer spaces for all – but will it be taken?
Album reviews: David Crosby, Leon Bridges and Anne-Marie
A US songwriter, a master of rythmn and blues and a chart-topping pop star are reviewed this week
Classical Notes: Why are world-class musicians being paid a pittance?
After a six-month inquiry in Britain, a House of Commons committee has called for a 50/50 split between artists and record labels, and fairer streaming conditions. But will the report be acted upon?
Loah interview: ‘The 1920s was similarly explosive to what we’re living through now’
The Irish-Sierra Leonean singer-songwriter Loah has created a collection of songs using poetry from Yeats, Eva Gore-Booth and other Irish poets of the 1920s
Classical Notes: A miracle for Rattle, but misery for most British musicians
The ongoing Covid-19 restrictions are causing such disruption to British players that many are contemplating a move to Europe, or even a change of career
David Kitt interview: ‘I was trying to connect with a time that was simpler’
In early 2020, the acclaimed singer-songwriter was set to move to Australia – but then the pandemic struck. Now he has responded by revisiting his creative past, reworking 20 songs from his back catalogue
Album reviews: John Grant, Kojaque and Modest Mouse
A small-town boy’s candid stories blend pain and wit; a forceful, elegant hip hop love triangle comes to town; and US psych-pop experimentalists present first album in six years