Deep Roots and Scattered Seeds: 1800s to the 1930s
Michael Murphy [+]
Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dublin
Jim Rogers [+]
Dublin City University
From the 1800s Irish artists have enjoyed popularity in the major international markets. While this success is often credited to essentialist notions of an inherent Irish ‘musicality’, each act was nurtured in specific ways in the domestic scene. From Thomas Moore to John McCormack, two of the biggest selling acts of their respective eras, the repertoires, music and recordings of Irish acts have been shaped by both members of the professional music industry as well as the ‘amateur’ scene. Here, we examine the early Irish ‘stars’ of the music recording industry and identify how ‘Irish music’ was shaped by both domestic and international factors.