“It’s always nice to head for home”: Music-Making, Sense of Place, and Corkonian Identity in the Rory Gallagher Irish Tour ’74 Documentary

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  • Lauren Alex O'Hagan Örebro University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.35561/JSMI17223

Keywords:

Rory Gallagher, Cork, Ireland, music documentary, sense of place, parochialism, identity, Irish Tour, community, emotional connectivity, Belfast, prestige, values, localism, hybridity

Abstract

This paper builds upon the work of Hogan (2016, 2021) by casting a historical lens on the importance of emotional connectivity to place in Cork through a case study of the city’s most famous musician: the blues/rock guitarist Rory Gallagher. Specifically, it investigates how sense of place and Corkonian values are narratively produced and depicted in the Irish Tour ’74 documentary. It argues that the documentary portrays County Cork as a close-knit place with a deep sense of community and Gallagher as the physical representation of these values. Analysis of specific scenes also highlights the significance of localist expressions of identity and localised forms of prestige for Gallagher, as well as the way in which his songs can be renarrativised to create new meanings that either accentuate his yearning for home or promote a form of hybridised parochialism that centres around Belfast as his 'second home'.

Acknowledgements
I am extremely grateful to Rory’s brother Dónal Gallagher and nephew Daniel Gallagher for their permission to use stills from the Irish Tour ’74 documentary in this paper.

Author Biography

Lauren Alex O'Hagan, Örebro University

Lauren Alex O’Hagan is a Researcher in the School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences at Örebro University in Sweden. She has published widely on inscriptive practices, consumption culture and social class in Victorian and Edwardian Britain. She also has an interest in multimodal artefacts related to the world of rock music and has previously published works on Rory Gallagher, Phil Lynott and Tom Petty.

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Published

2022-05-10

How to Cite

O'Hagan, L. A. (2022). “It’s always nice to head for home”: Music-Making, Sense of Place, and Corkonian Identity in the Rory Gallagher Irish Tour ’74 Documentary. Journal of the Society for Musicology in Ireland, 17, 47–77. https://doi.org/10.35561/JSMI17223

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