Celeste: ‘I’ve been writing eight years to get to this point’
The coronavirus crisis scuppered her immediate plans for the future, but the singer-songwriter is determined that her upcoming debut album will make a splash regardless
Imagine the scenario: it’s January and you’ve just been announced by BBC Music as the winner of its Sound of 2020 competition. This is the competition from which dreams are made: previous winners include the chart-topping artists Adele, Haim and Sigrid. The accolade isn’t merely a nod to talent, it ensures that your music makes it onto radio playlists around the world, that you get booked as a headline act for festivals and that every...
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Rhythm Nation: Eamon Murray of Beoga selects the playlist
The bodhrán player with the traditional quintet from Antrim picks the tunes that have inspired him
Classical Notes: Could streaming be a silver lining for classical music?
Irish classical’s response to the pandemic has given streaming viewers an idea of how good our artists are right across the musical spectrum
Album reviews: Tom Jones, Declan O’Rourke and Beverly Glenn-Copeland
The Welsh singer in gospel/R&B mode; a seventh album from the Irish singer/songwriter and an electronic/jazz release from 1986 are this week’s picks
Album reviews: Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi, Imelda May and London Grammar
Folk songs by way of North Carolina and Limerick, a new album from the Liberties singer/songwriter and an electronic/pop trio’s third record are all reviewed this week