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 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.

November in Maynooth

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Dr Áine Mangaoang, Maynooth University

Dr Áine Mangaoang was invited to discuss the #MPMiD project with final year undergraduates, postgraduates and faculty at Maynooth University Music Department’s Research Seminar series, Friday November 20, 2015. This talk focussed on the current state of affairs for popular music research in Ireland, and explored the more experimental methodologies utilised during this research project.

Many thanks to Dr Adrian Scahill and Dr Christopher Morris for the invitation, and to Dr Laura Watson for chairing the session.

On Saturday 21st November, Áine was part of a panel on “Digital Interaction and Museums”at the Virtual Heritage Network Ireland conference. It was fascinating to hear about other cultural heritage projects, and particularly the work of digital humanist, ethnomusicologist and web developer Patrick Egan at University College Cork, who is currently cataloguing and curating the Seán Ó Riada archive at UCC’s Boole Library.

Sharing the panel with archeologists, musicologists, and technologists, and expertly chaired by Dr Christine Morris (Trinity College Dublin), the panel ended with a discussion on the importance of failure as a research method.


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).