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Tonight in Dingle, the singer/songwriter Richard Hawley is staging a major gig with Other Voices. He's pulled together a line-up including Jarvis Cocker, Laura Marling and Anna Calvi. They're all performing for free.

Hawley and his crew are to music what Arthur Cox Solicitors are to legal advice. He's like the managing partner; Cocker the senior banking expert; Marling the fast-rising associate; and Calvi the apprentice headhunted from a top law school.

Why charge nothing? If Hawley was, say, the Secretary General of the Department of Finance, he'd be earning over €200,000 a year. And he'd get to negotiate with the IMF and the EU, which would be a major point in his career.

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