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# Music

Last week
29th January 2023 - 4th February 2023
The Sultans of Ping: 'It was a crazy sight to behold - every gig was exciting'
Paul McDermott traces the musical journey of Cork band The Sultans of Ping.
Opinion: Music can unlock memories and evoke emotions for people with dementia
Music therapist Lisa Kelly looks at the discussion around the positive benefits of music for people with dementia.
Last month
January 2023
# rock
QUIZ: How much do you know about Phil Lynott?
The Boys are back in town!
Last year
# events guide
At a loose end after Christmas? From 5K runs to pantos, here's what's happening across the country
There are many events taking place to get people out of the house if they want to, with some being more strenuous than others.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you pay for a music streaming service?
Spotify has begun teasing the release of its annual Wrapped playlists.
# Grammys
Beyonce ties Grammy record after leading nominations with nine
The ceremony will be held on 5 February in Los Angeles.
# Your Say
Poll: Can you play an instrument?
These passengers on a Southwest Airlines flight can anyway.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you like Garth Brooks' music?
He’s set to play five shows in Croke Park this month.
# no fences
Why does Ireland have such a connection with Garth Brooks?
Fans and a music expert have their say.
Lamont Dozier, writer of Motown classics You Can't Hurry Love and Heat Wave, dies aged 81
Dozier was the middle name of the celebrated Holland-Dozier-Holland team that wrote and produced dozens of Motown hits.
# Quiz
Quiz: How much do you know about Taylor Swift?
August slipped away into a moment in time…
# Congrats
Irish Oscar-nominated actress Jessie Buckley shortlisted for major music prize
She is nominated with collaborator Bernard Butler for their album For All Our Days That Tear The Heart.
# running up those charts
'It's really special': Kate Bush on the return of 'Running Up That Hill' to the charts
37 years after its release, the song is back at the top of singles charts worldwide thanks to its inclusion in Netflix series Stranger Things.
Irish musician Cathal Coughlan dies aged 61
Coughlan was a member of critically acclaimed bands The Fatima Mansions and Microdisney.
# Song contest
Favourites Ukraine and nine other countries qualify for Eurovision final
Ireland’s entry, Brooke Scullion, will take to the stage in tomorrow’s semi-final.
Iggy Pop leads tributes to 'huge talent' Mark Lanegan
Lanegan was a member of Screaming Trees, Queens of the Stone Age and The Gutter Twins.
Betty Davis, hard funk pioneer, dies aged 77
Her records sold modestly at the time, but their impact has been cited often in the decades following.
# Joe Rogan
Joni Mitchell joins Neil Young in boycotting Spotify over Covid 'lies'
“Irresponsible people are spreading lies that are costing people their lives,” the singer said.
# Quiz
Quiz: How well do you know these Meat Loaf lyrics?
The death of Meat Loaf was confirm by his family in a statement yesterday.
'The vaults of heaven will be ringing with rock': Tributes paid to Meat Loaf who has died aged 74
His family confirmed the news, saying: “Our hearts are broken.”
# Your Say
Poll: Do you like U2's music?
Bono said he’s not a fan of most of the band’s songs.
# dingle all the way
Quiz: How well do you remember 20 years of Other Voices?
Dingle has been the setting of many great performances over the years.
All time
Quiz: How well do you know these classic Christmas hits of the 1990s?
All you want for Christmas is quiz.
# Character
Derek Chisora tapes mouth and opts to play music in bizarre press conference
The Briton will face New Zealander Joseph Parker in Manchester this weekend.
# Mick Rock
Mick Rock, 'the man who shot the 70s', has died aged 72
Rock developed an interest in photography while at university, shooting local gigs.
Elvis drummer Ronnie Tutt dies aged 83
Tutt drummed for Elvis Presley with the TCB Band from 1969 until 1977.
Opinion: Hip-hop culture has been misunderstood - it's not about misogyny or glorifying crime
As they prepare for the 2021 Top 8 Street Dance Battle, Tobi Omoteso and Deborah O’Connor explain what hip-hop culture means to them.
# Mighty Hoopla
Varadkar criticised for attending music festival in London on Electric Picnic weekend
A spokeswoman said the Tánaiste is currently in the UK “on private time, where such events are allowed”.
# Mamma Mia
Abba have just released new music for the first time in 40 years - have a listen
The new album, Voyage, will be released on 5 November.
# covid19
Concerts, Communions and the return to offices: The key dates for lifting Covid restrictions
The Taoiseach this evening said the country is taking an important and welcome step forward.
The Taoiseach announced four key dates, with all restrictions on events and indoor activities lifted from 22 October.
In September indoor events and entertainment venues will be subject to capacity limits.
'A new phase of the pandemic': Taoiseach announces plan for final easing of Covid restrictions
# live events
Gigs to return next week with 60% indoor limit - but no full return of nightclubs until late October
Taoiseach Micheál Martin confirmed details of the next phase of reopening society in a speech this evening.
Opinion: How Charlie Watts infused one of the greatest rock bands with jazz
Professor of music Victor Coelho looks at the Rolling Stones drummer, who died this week.
# easing restrictions
Minister wants indoor arts and dance classes back in September in line with schools reopening
The Taoiseach, Tánasite and the chief medical officer have been invited to attend a meeting with live entertainment reps.
Aoife Scott: The past 18 months have been like The Hunger Games for us in the music industry
Musician Aoife Scott shares her story of the past 18 months and says restrictions have shown how little Ireland values creative careers.
# Keep an ear out
Entertainment Industry group 'disappointed' after meeting with Minister
Musicians and entertainers want the government to set a timeline for when live events can return.
# pandemic
Seven in 10 people think live outdoor music events should go ahead this year
Younger people are more likely to think concerts should be allowed to take place in 2021.
The majority of people think live music events should go ahead this year, according to a new opinion poll
Three in 10 people disagree, citing concerns about Covid-19
Younger people are more likely to think concerts should take place, Órla Ryan writes
Live music allowed in outdoor settings under updated hospitality guidelines
# bualadh bos
Three Irish artists nominated for Ivor Novello music awards
The acts are nominated alongside musicians like Harry Styles and Lewis Capaldi.
# New Rules
Live music allowed in outdoor settings under updated hospitality guidelines
The update comes following a controversy involving an outdoor event held by former minister Katherine Zappone.
The update comes after advice from the Attorney General, Órla Ryan reports
The latest update comes amid controversy over an event organised by former minister Katherine Zappone
Weddings fall under a different regulation and have an upper limit of 100 guests
Fine Gael senator says Zappone gathering was lawful, but didn't meet Covid guidelines
Merrion Gate: Taoiseach and Tánaiste called on to explain 'grubby little episode'
# Metal
Slipknot co-founder Joey Jordison dies aged 46
Jordison was voted the greatest drummer of the previous 25 years by readers of drumming magazine Rhythm in 2010.
# Kilmainham
Gavin James and Denise Chaila to headline pilot festival today
Some 3,500 people snapped up tickets for the concert.