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).
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.”
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.”