Posts Tagged ‘Jazz in Dublin’

I’ve always been fascinated by the crusade against jazz music in 1920’s and 1930’s Ireland. A piece in the past on aspects of the hidden history of soccer in the capital touched on a GAA convention in 1930 which called for the banning of “jazz dancing”.

The title of this post comes from an Irish Times report from October 12, 1927. In it, Signor Pietro Mascagni was asked for his opinion on jazz music. “I am for sound in music and against noise” he noted.

This 1938 piece from The Irish Times is among my favourite finds to date however, coming from June 20. The crusade against jazz was very much alive and well in the capital. Other “inferior music” was also condemned. Mad times.

Still, not everyone in Dublin was scared away. Here’s a 1930 ad for a Dublin music shop advertising stocking “the latest jazz tune” among other things.

Give me some time, and I’ll try knock out a piece down the line on jazz in the capital. There’s a fascinating little subculture alright!

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