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Judy Collins on her love of Irish music

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American folk legend Judy Collins has spoken about her love of Ireland and Irish music.

The singer recently released a ‘Live in Ireland’ DVD which was recorded at Dromoland Castle, Co Clare. The performance included renditions of classic Irish folk songs such as Wild Mountain Thyme and She Moved Thru the Fair.

The 81-year-old revealed to vindy.com that her team were careful to find a venue that created the right ambience. She said: “The insides of castles in Ireland often don’t look like Ireland, so we had to be able to turn it into something that looked Irish and was romantic and well-lighted. We went through a number of choices and settled on this one, and it was perfect.”

U2’s The Joshua Tree is named the best album of the 1980s

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U2’s classic album The Joshua Tree has been named as the best album of the 1980s by UK music fans.

The 1987 album features several of the band’s most enduring hits including With or Without you, Where the Streets Have No Name, and I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.

Now the listeners of BBC Radio 2’s Sounds of the 80s show have voted for their favourite albums of the decade.

The Joshua Tree finished above other classic albums including Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Born in the USA by Bruce Springsteen, Hounds of Love by Kate Bush, Prince’s Purple Rain and Brothers in Arms by Dire Straits.

U2 guitarist The Edge said: “The Joshua Tree changed everything for us as a band. It was written in the mid-80s, during the Reagan-Thatcher era of British and US politics, a period when there was a lot of unrest. And it feels like we’re right back there in a way, politics are still so polarised.”

“We’ve had the privilege of playing The Joshua Tree live all over the world in the last few years and it’s almost like the album has come full circle. We’re just thrilled that people are still connecting with these songs, night after night, year after year. Huge thanks to Radio 2 and everyone who voted!

The Joshua Tree has sold over 25 million copies worldwide and following its release, it became the fasting selling album in UK history.

It was critically acclaimed by the music writers of the day.

Paul Du Noyer of Q Magazine said: “(the album’s) potency lies in a kind of spiritual frustration – a sense of hunger and tension which roams its every track in search of some climactic moment of release, of fulfilment, that never arrives.”

The NME called it: “a better and braver record than anything else that’s likely to appear in 1987.”

Top 20 albums of the 1980s

1 – U2, The Joshua Tree

2 – Dire Straits – Brothers In Arms

3 – The Stone Roses, The Stone Roses

4 – Michael Jackson, Thriller

5 – Guns ‘n’ Roses, Appetite for Destruction

6 – The Human League, Dare

7 – The Smiths, The Queen Is Dead

8 – Paul Simon, Graceland

9 – ABC, The Lexicon of Love

10 – Prince, Purple Rain

11 – Kate Bush, Hounds of Love

12 – Duran Duran, Rio

13 – Tears for Fears, Songs From the Big Chair

14 – Bruce Springsteen, Born in the USA

15 – AC/DC, Back In Black

16 – Deacon Blue, Raintown

17 – Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Welcome to the Pleasuredome

18 – INXS, Kick

19 – George Michael, Faith

20 – Pet Shop Boys, Actually

School choir record ‘Orphan Girl’ to honour Famine victims shipped off to Australia

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A school choir have recorded a haunting version of the song ‘Orphan Girl’. The song was written by Irish composer Brendan Graham and tells the story of a young Irish girl who left Ireland for Australia during the Famine.

Rising Irish star Ruairi O’Connor to play Buddy Holly in new biopic

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Young Irish actor Ruairi O’Connor has landed a dream part playing Buddy Holly in a new biopic about the life and times the music legend.

Along with Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Chuck Berry, Holly, whose real name was Charles Hardin Holly, was one of the founding fathers and towering figures of rock ‘n roll music in the 1950s. Now, more than 60 years after his death in a plane crash in 1959, his legend lives on through unforgettable songs like Everyday, That’s Be the Day, Rave On, It Doesn’t Matter and More, Heartbeat, Oh Boy and so many more.

Johnny Depp says it is an honour to make movie about Shane MacGowan

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A movie produced by Hollywood legend Johnny Depp about the great Shane MacGowan is set to hit the cinemas in Ireland in November.

The film, which is brilliantly titled ‘Crock of Gold – A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan’ is a deeply honest portrayal of the flawed genius MacGowan.