Ireland - Friday - The Ticket
Saturday - 16th June, 2018
AN OBJECT OF ENDURING INTEREST
This week my column is an essay that I have titled The Meaning of Poldark Striding Topless Out of th...
Saturday - 9th June, 2018
Brian Dillon on the things that memory clings to...
Saturday - 2nd June, 2018
NATURE, IN ALL ITS DESPICABLE GLORY
On A Wild Irish Year (Sunday, RTÉ1) Dr Tara Shine emerges from the mist, binoculars in hand...
Saturday - 26th May, 2018
AdrianMcKinty onthegeniusof DavidPeace’sRed RidingQuartet...
Saturday - 19th May, 2018
REJOICE! DANIEL’S DOING THINGS AGAIN
Each week Daniel and Majella’s B&B Road Trip, much like episodes of Magnum PI or The A-Tea...
Saturday - 12th May, 2018
VIDEOS THAT INFECTED MY WORLDVIEW
Childish Gambino’s This is America is a reminder of how powerful music videos can be. I’m not go...
Saturday - 5th May, 2018
Ninetypoetic years–atribute toThomas Kinsella...
Saturday - 28th April, 2018
Openyour earstothe female voice...
Saturday - 21st April, 2018
HasIrish literatureignored thecolonial experience?...
Saturday - 14th April, 2018
A dozen predictions for the future of the North...
Saturday - 7th April, 2018
Saturday - 31st March, 2018
THE BEST-LAID OPEN PLANS . . .
Watching Simon Schama extol the wonders of both the Italian Renaissance and the art of the great Mog...
Saturday - 24th March, 2018
Saturday - 17th March, 2018
Saturday - 10th March, 2018
The2018 Hennessy Literary Awards shortlist...
Saturday - 3rd March, 2018
Saturday - 24th February, 2018
Saturday - 17th February, 2018
Saturday - 10th February, 2018
Saturday - 3rd February, 2018
The double-jobbing creative geniuses of the Irish Civil Service...
Saturday - 27th January, 2018
I HEART HOT DOCTORS WITH COMPLICATED LIVES
Grey’s Anatomy (RTE1, Monday) has almost been around as long as its literary namesake Gray’s Ana...
Saturday - 20th January, 2018
Mark O’Rowe’s new play is all about the female stories...
Saturday - 13th January, 2018
ALL THIS RAZZLE DAZZLE HAS ME SPOOKED
The revolving glitter ball is back. In the dark of winter we worship it like the sun, and this year ...
Saturday - 6th January, 2018
Saturday - 23rd December, 2017
Saturday - 16th December, 2017
Saturday - 9th December, 2017
Saturday - 2nd December, 2017
THE TRUE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS
It’s December, and thanks to “liberals” (sorry for whispering but I’m in The Irish Times off...
Saturday - 25th November, 2017
TV THEME SONGS TO DROOL FOR
This week Delia Derbyshire was honoured with a posthumous PhD from Coventry University for her amazi...
Saturday - 18th November, 2017
Friday - 13th October, 2017
Why did ‘Blade Runner’ bomb?
Looked at from one angle, Blade Runner 2049 was destined to fail. Ridley Scott’s 1982 original ope...
Friday - 6th October, 2017
Belfast gets a new gritty song
If you need a beautiful piece of art in your life, then look no further than the flinty dream that i...
Friday - 29th September, 2017
Seven shows to stream in October
The Death and Life of Marsha P Johnson, Netflix, October 6th This moving and timely documen...
Friday - 22nd September, 2017
This girl’s allowed do what she likes
Nadine Coyle’s career has been built almost entirely on chance and as the Derry singer and Girls A...
Friday - 15th September, 2017
Louis CK flies close to the sun
“It’s not a safe space, it’s not a triggerless place, it just isn’t,” said Louis CK, descr...
Friday - 8th September, 2017
The ghost story taking over Twitter
Since the inception of Twitter, the microblogging platform has mainly been used for instantaneous co...
Friday - 1st September, 2017
The 1930s were a fast-moving decade for music. The arrival of the electric guitar in 1931 brought a ...
Friday - 25th August, 2017
The strange, brilliant travels of A Tribe Called Quest
IRELAND’S GOING-OUT GUIDE...
Friday - 18th August, 2017
When Donald met David
One month before Jimmy Fallon ruffled Donald Trump’s hair last year, cementing the NBC host’s re...
Friday - 11th August, 2017
Is this the worst film of the summer?
Since the late 1970s, when Jaws and Star Wars changed everything, the American summer has been defin...
Friday - 4th August, 2017
One of the great revelations of podcasting is the format’s eagerness to lift the curtain on the jo...
Friday - 28th July, 2017
Best new stuff on Netflix and Amazon
Summertime is traditionally a barren wasteland for original programming, with all the best new shows...
Friday - 21st July, 2017
Go Hawaii – Casino Versus Japan
I frequently have great conversations about music and the magic of it, often stemming directly from ...
Friday - 14th July, 2017
Is ‘fake’ music a real thing now?
Is everything “fake” now? All news is, apparently. Especially reports that makes the US Presiden...
Friday - 7th July, 2017
JUST A COPPOLA THINGS
Sofia Coppola on the family business, girl gang sand objectifying Colin Farrell...
Friday - 30th June, 2017
Due to difficulties with transportation and communication in the Sahara region, finding and gatherin...
Friday - 23rd June, 2017
This just might save your weekend
We hear plenty about festival line-ups and festival fashion but there’s one area that doesn’t ge...
Friday - 16th June, 2017
Peter Broderick is a long way from home. Currently living in rural Galway, his folks hail from Sears...
Friday - 9th June, 2017
‘It’s a Corbyn ting’
When the designer Ryan Hawaii sprayed “David Cameron hates the mandem”, quoting his friend Marco...
Friday - 2nd June, 2017
It’s a meme come true for Rihanna
Help me out with an analogy here. The California Gold Rush of 1849 might work. The OPEC oil boom of ...
Friday - 26th May, 2017
The Palme d’Or form guide
Could this be one of those rare years at Cannes when the Palme d’Or winner announces itself on the...
Friday - 19th May, 2017
Moments of Wonder at Body and Soul
At this year’s Body and Soul festival in Ballinlough Castle, Co Westmeath on June 23rd to 25th, Th...
Friday - 12th May, 2017
Lingo is dead, long live the verse
The Lingo spoken word festival has announced that it is hanging up its microphone. The spoken word a...
Friday - 5th May, 2017
Is black and white box office?
I had a friend who used to sigh whenever some young filmmaker would release his first short in black...
Friday - 28th April, 2017
This is your four-week festival warning
When snow is forecast for April it’s hard to see beyond the grey horizon, but Joe Goddard’s new ...
Friday - 21st April, 2017
Studio impulses Her finest hours OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN
THE TICKET THE IRISH TIMES Friday 21.04.2017 IRELAND’S GOING-OUT GUIDE...
Friday - 14th April, 2017
Irish animation hung out to dry?
Even the most fervent Oscar fanatic is probably enjoying relief from gossip about the season’s big...
Friday - 7th April, 2017
Marvel at this dodgy argument
This week’s prize for the best accidental evocation of Trumpian rhetoric goes to Marvel’s vice-p...
Friday - 31st March, 2017
Sitting her SATCs
Cynthia Nixon on marriage equality, playing Pat Nixon andthe show that won’t let go...
Friday - 24th March, 2017
The freshest talent we saw at this year’s SXSW music festival, including Julie Byrne...
Friday - 17th March, 2017
SXSW ain’t the only rodeo in Texas
Travelling to Texas in March for a music festival generally means one thing: the full-on gig binging...
Friday - 10th March, 2017
Gorillaz are back in our midst
Would you go to a festival put together by your favourite act? You can certainly see the appeal of s...
Friday - 3rd March, 2017
Listening to Margaret Barry’s astounding voice is becoming a more compelling experience as time pa...
Friday - 24th February, 2017
Figures are starting to add up
At the start of January, Hidden Figures won the US weekend box office race, beating the behemoth tha...
Friday - 17th February, 2017
Seven nights of festival flicks
THE SALESMAN Friday 17th, 6.15pm, Cineworld Asghar Farhadi has, in rapid time, bec...
Friday - 10th February, 2017
Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl smarts
At 1.40am Monday morning Irish time, a roaring Twitter debate was taking place over whether or not L...
Friday - 3rd February, 2017
Democracy takes a dramatic turn
This year’s Audience Choice prize for the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards has been launched. The ...
Friday - 27th January, 2017
How best picture got much better
Nomination day is usually a time to kick the Oscars around the gutter of shame. Oh, they’re so con...
Friday - 20th January, 2017
Are we in for a hard or soft ‘Glexit’?
Can a Glastonbury away from Worthy Farm truly be Glastonbury? We may find out in 2019 after founder ...
Friday - 13th January, 2017
How the other half rock’n’roll
Rarely does an opportunity of this magnitude arise, but this week, a 12-seater box went on sale to t...
Friday - 6th January, 2017
In defence of critics
Upon his death earlier this week, John Berger was described by British artist David Shrigley as “t...
Friday - 30th December, 2016
Understatement of intent
DAVID KITT Yous ★★★★ Self-Released Just because you have been a constituent part of...
Friday - 16th December, 2016
A few years ago, Jarvis Cocker made a great BBC documentary about the history of the longrunning rad...
Friday - 9th December, 2016
Occasionally there are times when it’s imperative that you find out the name of that tune playing ...
Friday - 2nd December, 2016
I come from a part of the world where, not so long ago, the storyteller was king. The area Sliabh Li...
Friday - 25th November, 2016
As well as being floored by one of the most beguiling records I have ever heard, I managed to learn ...
Friday - 18th November, 2016
Some types of music strongly suggest a particular type of landscape. The lofty polyphonic singing on...
Friday - 11th November, 2016
People make music for all sorts of reasons. Some of the best stuff probably gets made for the heck o...
Friday - 4th November, 2016
Are we getting the Bieber we deserve?
In recent years, Justin Bieber’s career has been plagued with episodes of petulance and legal trou...
Friday - 28th October, 2016
Before music there was God. They came to me in that order. Christmas and Easter were when the choirs...
Friday - 21st October, 2016
The golden era of Jamaican music is filled with flamboyant showmen, reluctant stars and shady souls,...
Friday - 14th October, 2016
Lights, camera, equality action
The horror genre is not famed for its gender parity ( The Final Girls notwithstanding), particularly...
Friday - 7th October, 2016
Don’t Drag us through the pop mud
When former One Directioner Niall Horan released his debut solo single last week, he joined the rank...
Friday - 30th September, 2016
Irish shorts are playing the long game
Irish people thrive on the success of their fellow citizens. With a wide embrace, we eagerly adopt t...
Friday - 23rd September, 2016
Robert Wyatt’s announcement that he was ceasing to make music in 2014 was delivered without fanfar...
Friday - 16th September, 2016
Take a cultural spin around the island
There are hundreds of events taking place around the country this evening as part of Culture Night 2...
Friday - 9th September, 2016
Bridging the traditional and the modern can be a testing challenge. It takes more than just skill to...
Friday - 2nd September, 2016
This is an unusual one by any stretch of even the most vivid imagination but bear with me....
Friday - 26th August, 2016
The Walias Band’s name derives from the walia ibex, an endangered species native to the mountains ...
Friday - 19th August, 2016
What’s in our Electric Picnic basket
The Electric Picnic festival is nearly upon us, and that means The Ticket is gearing up for its favo...
Friday - 12th August, 2016
The Union Fund’s new music plan
It’s likely that you’ve not come across the Unison Fund yet. It’s also likely that you’re wo...
Friday - 5th August, 2016
Lee Scratch Perry’s Black Ark studios was really only in operation for six or seven key years but ...
Friday - 29th July, 2016
The 10 best music docs on Netflix
1DaftPunk Unchained (2015) Post-Get Lucky, Daft Punk’s (right) profile has risen enough to warrant...
Friday - 22nd July, 2016
Apple’s stealth streaming attack
If we’d five cents for every time we’ve heard musicians give out about the money they get for st...
Friday - 15th July, 2016
you’ve only got six
If only there had been data mining around in Aristotle’s time. The Greek philosopher was one of th...
Friday - 8th July, 2016
Post-war Detroit was fertile ground for music. One of the effects of the war had been the mass migra...
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