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.”
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.
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.
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).