MARY MCPARTLAN, a powerhouse of Irish folk music - as a vocalist, a supporter of songwriters, an event organiser, as someone who nurtured the tradition, not just keeping it alive, but giving it a future - will be celebrated in Galway in April.
"THE HUMAN voice is the most beautiful instrument of all, the most moving...even the greatest virtuoso will never be able to give you even a fraction of the emotion a beautiful voice can...That is our share of the divine.”
SITTING BY a river in the south of France on a windy day in 1980, as November and the dark and cold drew in, Eddi Reader made a decision that would change the course of her life, and define it over the next 40 years.
JOHN CUNLIFFE was the apple of his parents eye. There was nothing they could not do for him, but such devotion to their son left John with little sense of independence and ill-prepared when the challenges of the adult world forcibly intrude upon his life.
AS THE Covid pandemic begins to wane, as restrictions ease, and people can gather for arts and cultural events once more, how appropriate it is that Cúirt 2022 should be themed around meetings and interactions.
JULIE FEENEY was not just busy during the lockdowns, she was positively a Renaissance woman, adding actor, playwright, and theatrical music director to her already impressive CV of award winning vocalist and composer.
WHEN STEPHEN Bell ascends the podium in Leisureland to conduct the RTÉ Concert Orchestra in an evening of music by John Williams, he will do so, not only as a lifelong fan of film scores, but as someone who has worked with John Williams himself.
FROM MILKING goats to encounters with a boozy deity in Guatemala, Danny O’Brien is conceivably the only person in the world whose life under lockdown and the pandemic restrictions can be described as action-packed.