Green Shoots: 1930s to the 1960s

Local Acts, Global Success - How Ireland Produces Popular Music - Michael Murphy

Michael Murphy [+-]
Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dublin
Michael Mary Murphy is a lecturer on the music industry at Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dublin. He worked in the music industry for twenty years as an artist manager as well as an artist and repertoire (A&R) manager in New York and London. He has published a number of articles on the Irish music industry for academic journals and contributes to radio and print media outlets on Irish music industry topics.
Jim Rogers [+-]
Dublin City University
Jim Rogers is a lecturer in communications at Dublin City University. His core research interests centre on the media and cultural industries, music, and copyright. His first book, The Death and Life of the Music Industry in the Digital Age was published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2013. He is the co-editor of A Critical Guide to Intellectual Property, Zed, 2017 and author of many published academic articles on the music industry.


Ireland’s early independence governments pursued a policy of supporting notions of domestic culture. Naturally, this had implications for the local music scene. Laws controlling the nature of social dancing, often with the input of the Catholic church, had a major impact on the type of music that was heard in the country. During this era, the transnational firm, EMI, opened a manufacturing factory in Ireland and this also had implications for music in the country. Domestic labels, including Claddagh began recording Irish artists, while Irish acts, including Val Doonican, emigrated and achieved prominence in the major overseas music markets. Domestic music entrepreneurs, including Bill Fuller and Philip Solomon, served as key gate-keepers, bringing overseas to Ireland and exporting local acts to the both sides of the Atlantic.

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Murphy, Michael; Rogers, Jim. Green Shoots: 1930s to the 1960s. Local Acts, Global Success - How Ireland Produces Popular Music. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Feb 2021. ISBN 9781781797808. Date accessed: 28 Oct 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.36032. Feb 2021

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