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Tuesday 22 July 2014

I despair for the future of Irish music, admits Davey

Laura Butler

Published 17/01/2013|05:00

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SINGER Cathy Davey has voiced her "despair" for the music industry in Ireland.

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The songwriter told the Irish Independent that the country is at a point where it is losing its musical identity.

She is hoping our new generation of artists will steer away from "commercial, American-style music".

"I'm not sure where we stand, we're in a funny place right now because Ireland is so influenced by music in America at the moment, that I do despair," Davey said.

"We've been influenced an awful lot by terribly commercial music. I'd like to see us get back to our own voice and style, the way that we were inspired by Irish writers and poets."

She continued: "I'm not necessarily saying to traditional music, but to our unique Irish element. I'd hate for us to lose that because the past 100 years have been so good that I don't want it to slip away so early."

Davey was speaking at the opening of a second premises for Brighton Institute of Modern Music (BIMM) in Dublin yesterday.

The college has taken over rockabilly superstar Imelda May's old primary school, St Brigids, in The Coombe, as their new base.

The former convent will undergo refurbishment and is to be transformed for incoming chart-toppers who will attend next September.

Situated around the corner from BIMM's Francis Street headquarters, the building is to include a stage area for live student performances.

The partner of Divine Comedy's Neil Hannon, Davey is a song-writing techniques tutor and is head of the module at BIMM.

BIMM was set up by well-known band The Kooks in Brighton and opened in Ireland in 2011.

Now with over 440 students enrolled in degree and masters courses, Dara Kilkenny, college manager of BIMM, said that it's highly encouraging to see a maintained interest in the arts.

Irish Independent

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