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Tower Seminar series – Popular Music Heritages: Lessons from the field and future directions

September 19, 2018 at 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Popular Music Heritages: Lessons from the field and future directions
(Organised by the Popular Music & Popular Culture Research Cluster @ UL, in conjunction with the
Irish World Academy)
Presenters: Dr Áine Mangaoang, Professor Paul Carr, Professor Eoin Devereux (with Dr Aileen Dillane)
Chair: Dr Aileen Dillane
Presentation 1. City of Sounds: Mapping Popular Music Experience in Dublin This talk presents an overview of Mapping Popular Music in Dublin – an applied research project investigating popular music experience in the city –  followed by a review of creative methods developed and themes that emerged. Focusing on the project’s ‘Sounding Dublin’ strand, the talk sets out questions raised in relation to music, musicians, and sounds considered ‘typical’ of Dublin or otherwise. The talk concludes with a discussion of the project’s findings in light of broader arguments into the relationships between music, place, and identity.
Presentation 2. The Lost and Found: Musical History of Merthyr Tydfil This presentation explores how memories and memorabilia of popular music activity in Merthyr Tydfil (Near Cardiff) can assist the construction of localised alternative histories. This will be presented through a case study of a recently completed series of events, including a symposium, a one month exhibition, and school engagement project that investigated popular music musical engagement in this ex mining town in South Wales, between the years 1955 to 1975.
Presentation 3. L is For?: Introducing L-Pop and the Mapping of Popular Music Heritage in Limerick L-Pop is a new research project, initiated by the Popular Music & Popular Culture Research Cluster at the University of Limerick, that seeks to research, map, document, curate and (re) present popular music activities, past and present, in the City of Limerick. This presentation looks at performances in Limerick by three internationally significant bands: Thin Lizzy, U2 and the Cranberries Saw Us. Together with archival research, interviewing musicians/fans/venue owners/promoters, and curating memorabilia, there are multiple possibilities for physically and virtually mapping, illustrating, and preserving Limerick’s rich heritage.
The Tower Theatre (Theatre 2), Irish World Academy.
Admission is free and all are welcome.


September 19, 2018
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Theatre 2, Irish World Academy
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