‘Nobody gets rich from folk music, which is a great leveller’

Persian-Irish band Navá

This year’s Doolin Folk Festival has its gaze planted firmly on a wide horizon with a programme that places home-grown folkies such as Scullion and Luka Bloom alongside traditional musicians such as Lúnasa, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh and the ever-adventurous Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill. Cosying up alongside are a swathe of Irish and international acts who thrive on the cross-currents that flow in and around their and our music: currents that flow from Scandinavia to Persia and southwards to the Antipodes.

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Led Zeppelin have reunited to release an anniversary book

Led Zeppelin

Earlier this year, Robert Plant squashed rumours of a live Led Zeppelin reunion to celebrate the band’s 50th anniversary, hinting at the possibility of the release of a book that would chronicle the life and times of the band.

Now, Robert Plant, John Paul Johns and Jimmy Page have reunited to announce the release of the book, Led Zeppelin By Led Zeppelin, set for a release this coming October.

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How Good Charlotte’s Guitarist Became One Of Marvel’s Most Prolific Artists

If you grew up in the ‘90s, chances are you know the band Good Charlotte. Bursting onto the scene with their anthem “Lifestyles of the Rich and the Famous,” the pop-punk quintet have spent almost two decades churning out enough hits to worry even bald assassin Agent 47.

What you might not know about Good Charlotte, however, is that their guitarist Billy Martin spends his spare time illustrating some of the world’s biggest comics.


This is how you survive music festival season

With the official start of summer ahead, music lovers are counting down the days until the kick-off of Tennessee’s outdoor festival season. With events like Bonnaroo in Manchester, CMA Fest in Nashville and Chattanooga’s Riverbend Festival, the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) is reminding music fans to incorporate safety into their festival plans.

“Outdoor concerts and festivals highlight the rich tradition of music in Tennessee,” said State Fire Marshal and Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak. “While local and state officials work hard to ensure your experience is as safe as it is fun, concertgoers can take steps to ensure this year’s festival season is the safest yet.”

Before heading to a venue, consider these important tips to stay safe and healthy while enjoying your favorite musicians:

Read @ Chattanooga Times Free Press