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Monday, 20th June 2022

Local music researcher speaks at Country Music Conference in Nashville

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Christina Lynn at the famous Bradley Studios in Nashville.

Christina Lynn, a music researcher at Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) recently presented her work focusing on Philomena Begley, Margo O’Donnell and Susan McCann at the 38th Annual International Country Music Conference in Nashville.

Christina, who has just submitted her PhD dissertation on women in Irish country music, examined women and their lived experience in Irish country music focusing on Philomena Begley, Margo O’Donnell and Susan McCann.

Her thesis engaged with concepts of gender roles, identity formations, and cultural reflections in Irish country music and provides the first comprehensive understanding of Irish country music from the female perspective.

The International Country Music Conference provided musical scholars an opportunity to share their work in all aspects of country music. ICMC broadly defines country music to include variants which share common historical and cultural roots ranging from Americana, Alt. Country, Bluegrass, Cajun, Country Rock, Crossover, and Honky Tonk to the Nashville Sound, New Traditionalist, Old Time Country, and Western Swing.

ICMC is truly international with scholars from Australia, Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Japan, Norway, UK, and Ireland.

Christina said she was honoured to bring her research to this international event highlighting not only country music research in Ireland but adding value to its continued research within the broader spectrum of country music research globally.

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