Paul Simon, Musician, Songwriter

What can you say abut Paul Simon? One of the 20th Century’s greatest songwriters. A towering international musical and cultural figure. This nicely informal image was taken during a visit to Ireland to participate in a series of events in honour of the poet and Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney. He is in animated conversation with Heaney’s widow Marie at the unveiling …

Henry McCullough, Musician

Henry McCullough had the distinction of being the only Irish musician to play at the legendary Woodstock Festival in 1969. As Joe Cocker’s guitarist, he featured in one of the most memorable performances of the entire event – Cocker’s mighty rendition of A Little Help From My Friends.  I had the pleasure of doing a lengthy interview with Henry on …

Tom Mathews, Artist, Poet, Writer

I’ve been a fan of Tom Mathews for probably forty years since his brilliantly droll cartoons began appearing in magazines and newspapers. Until recently. however, I didn’t realise that he’s also a singer – well, of sorts. This image was shot at one of Paddy Goodwin’s legendary Drogheda gigs which, over the years, have featured a veritable hall-of-fame of Irish rock …

Camille O’Sullivan

Singer Camille O’Sullivan photographed for the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland.

Kila

There are timid bodhran players and there are flamboyant bodhran players – and then there’s Ronan O Snodaigh of Kila who occupies a bodhran head space all of his own. Like a prowling metal guitar warrior, he commands and dominates the stage, physically living every beat and twist of the music.

The Legendary Brush

More than forty years after his band Skid Row became the first Irish rock group to penetrate the British album charts, the legendary Brendan “Brush” Shiels still cuts a hugely energetic figure on stage. Unfortunately long-term commercial success eluded Skid Row. But their guitarist, the late Gary Moore, went on to achieve renown with Thin Lizzy and others. This is …

Donal O’Connor

I first met the O’Connors of Dundalk – specifically Peter, Gerry and Eilish, along with their friend Brendan Malone – in the mid-1970s when they came to Limerick to visit another great Irish musical clan, the Ryans of Murroe. They were friendly warm-hearted people – all of them fiddle players – from what was to some of us a distant …

Shannon On The Boyne

Polish group Shannon are a genuine musical phenomenon, playing Irish and other Celtic musics with huge skill, panache and great authenticity. Based in the northern city of Olsztyn, they have performing in various shapes and line-ups for more than twenty years. On very special occasions, they perform as the Celtic Rivers Orchestra, augmented by a twenty-piece string section. Regrettably the …

Sarah May Rodgers

Sarah May Rogers is one of those superb all-rounders fluent across the full spectrum of musical genres. She is perhaps best known as a traditional Irish player but moves with equal ease through the realms of classical, gypsy jazz and country. I photographed Sarah at the Cadence Music Academy in Balbriggan, County Dublin, which she established in 2017.  

In The Zone

Singer Hughie Friel pauses for a brief moment of reflection at a celebration of the music of The Atrix at the Sugar Club in Dublin. On the cusp of the 1980s, The Atrix was one of the Irish bands deemed most likely to achieve international success. Unfortunately it was not to be. Forty years on, however, they are still fondly …