What is the signature sound of Dublin city?

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Thanks to Jim Carroll for the Mapping Popular Music in Dublin write up in the Irish Times, 10.06.2016.

It’s interesting that he highlighted our findings on the rise of rap and hip hop in Dublin, and how our respondents imagined a connection to narrative forms in Dublin’s popular music traditions (from folk and acoustic guitar-based singer-songwriters into the genres of rap, hip-hop and MC culture).

Dublin rapper Lethal Dialect © Dublin2020

Carroll writes, “Few will argue with these findings. The folk tradition in the city has deep roots and it’s only natural that it would have re-emerged in the singer-songwriter world of recent decades. While there may be a wish to present other sounds as the prevailing mood music of the city, people associate Dublin with words and stories and this means singer-songwriters.”

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Carroll goes on to say that “Mangaoang and O’Flynn (…) highlight the need to support smaller neighbourhood spaces for emerging scenes; more investment in the provision of information about popular music to those engaged in tourism (including the establishment of a “temporary task force” for high-profile shows and events); the extension of venue opening hours; a need to address the gender imbalance in music in the city; and more development of all- age and youth endeavours.”

To read the article in full, go here. Sam Ojo is represented by the Word Up Collective.




How Music Works: How to make Dublin a music city to be proud of

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Dr Áine Mangaoang spoke with Irish Times music journalist, blogger, and DJ Niall Byrne (aka Nialler9) about the Mapping Popular Music in Dublin project (08.06.2016).

The piece featured findings from the Mapping Popular Music in Dublin report, along with discussions on music tourism around the world, from festivals like Iceland Airwaves in Reykjavik, Primavera Sound in Barcelona, Sound City in Liverpool and Canadian Music Week in Toronto.
Read the full interview here. 



“Women in Music” series


Traditionally considered a rather quiet month for live gigs in Dublin, so far 2016 has been bursting to the brim with all manner of fine initiatives taking place in some of the most unlikely spaces.

Last night we paid a visit to Dublin’s most musical crop shop, Abner Brown’s Barbershop in Rathmines, for their celebration of women in music series, supported by IMRO Ireland, Musicmaker Dublin, Canalaphonic festival and The SoundFeed.com. Gráinne Hunt opened the set armed with her acoustic guitar, performing songs from her recent album Firing Pin (plus a rousing old Damien Rice cover). Naoise Roo and her band followed with a contrasting set of neo-cabaret sounds, channelling PJ Harvey in one breath, while scatting and riffing up a veritable storm in the next.

What a refreshing series to start the new year with, and all while raising much needed funds for the Women’s Refuge, Rathmines. Kudos to Dave Judge and all involved to make this happen. Onwards and upwards, friends!


The Women in Music series is scheduled as follows:
Saturday Jan 16 Katie LaffanSive
Thursday Jan 21 Grainne HuntNaoise Roo 
Sunday Jan 24 HvmmingbirdI am Niamh
Saturday Jan 30 Fox Owl CrowMiriam Donohue 
Thursday Feb 4 Shelly Bukspan’s talent showcase 
Saturday Feb 6 Ailbhe ReddyDavina Brady
Thursday Feb 11 MongooseNeev Kennedy 
Saturday Feb 13 Sinead WhiteSaramai
Thursday Feb 18 CarronNiamh Regan

Visit Aber Brown’s Facebook page for (free!) ticket details.

European Fan Studies Conference, 12-13 November 2015


Dr John O‘Flynn, Head of Music at St Patrick’s Campus, and Dr Áine Mangaoang, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Music, St Patrick’s Campus, DCU, were invited to deliver a plenary Expert Session at the interdisciplinary European Fan Cultures Conference, at the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication, Erasmus University Rotterdam (12-13 November, 2015).

The conference brought together scholars from a wide range of disciplines (including media studies, musicology, sociology, psychology) who are interested in fan cultures and fan studies, and who investigate audiences, media, leisure, tourism, games and celebrities. Organised by Simone Driesson, Leonieke Bolderman, and Abby Waysdorf, the event was supported by the Fan Studies Network.

O’Flynn and Mangaoang’s co-presented talk covered their ongoing research, innovative participatory methodologies, and initial findings from ‘Mapping Popular Music in Dublin’: a 12-month Fáilte Ireland-funded research project that aims to map popular music experience in Dublin from the viewpoint of fans (citizens and tourists), musicians, and music industry personnel.

Click here to read a review of the conference by Dr Nicolle Lamerichs (Maastricht University).



Hard Working Class Heroes 2015


What: Mapping Popular Music in Dublin Drop-in Workshops
When: 2-4pm Friday October 2nd and Saturday 3rd 2015
Where: Rainsford Room, NDRC, Crane St, Dublin 8

We are delighted to announce Mapping Popular Music in Dublin workshops in partnership with the Hard Working Class Heroes Convention at the NDRC Dublin, October 2-3rd 2015. The convention features some fantastic sessions with leading labels and management folks, music video-makers, and journalists.

The convention starts at 10.30am Friday 2nd October, is free to attend and open to the public. Do drop in and say hello!

Facebook event page here. To see the full HWCH 2015 line-up that features , go here. To buy tickets, go here.