Independent Ireland: The D.I.Y. Scene

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 has always maintained a vibrant, yet small, independent music community. This scene has allowed many artists to make their first recordings, play their first public gigs and enjoy their early media opportunities. Some elements of the local scene have adopted strict non-capitalist stances, refusing to engage with the major recording firms and their contracted artists. Here we examine the impact of fanzines, pirate radio stations, gig collectives, record labels including the Hope Collective and artists including Heathers and Girl Band.

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Murphy, Michael; Rogers, Jim. Independent Ireland: The D.I.Y. Scene. Local Acts, Global Success - How Ireland Produces Popular Music. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Feb 2021. ISBN 9781781797808. Date accessed: 16 Jul 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.36035. Feb 2021

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