Green Shoots: 1930s to the 1960s
Michael Murphy [+]
Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dublin
Jim Rogers [+]
Dublin City University
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.