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Trouble Songs – Music and Conflict in Northern Ireland

Friday 6th April 2018 at 10am 0 Comments Northern Ireland Music , Literature

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A major new book telling the story of music and conflict in Northern Ireland since 1968 will be previewed at the British Council’s ‘Peace and Beyond’ conference opening and civic reception at Belfast City Hall on Tuesday 10 April.

Written by Belfast-based music journalist and broadcaster Stuart Bailie, ‘Trouble Songs – Music and Conflict in Northern Ireland’ features interviews with Bono, Christy Moore, The Undertones, Stiff Little Fingers, Orbital, Kevin Rowland, Terri Hooley, The Rubberbandits and The Miami Showband survivors reflecting on the events of the conflict.

The soundtrack includes remarkable work by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Sinead O’Connor, The Pogues, The Cranberries and Elvis Costello.

The ‘Peace and Beyond’ conference will bring together practitioners, academics, policy makers and young leaders from all over the world to mark the 20th anniversary of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement and Stuart has  been invited to give an exclusive reading from ‘Trouble Songs’ at a special gala event at Belfast City Hall.

“I absolutely believe that music made a difference,” Stuart explains. “Music has been a persuader, an agitator and a peacemaker in Northern Ireland. It changed the direction of my life in 70s Belfast and I’ve seen it happen to hundreds of other people. There were many factors that led to the Good Friday Agreement, but in my account, music helped to get us over the line. I’m looking forward to taking part in the conference and offering an alternative hearing of the conflict.”

‘Trouble Songs – Music and Conflict in Northern Ireland’ will be published on 11 May 2018.  The book is priced £14.99 and is available to pre-order now from

‘Trouble Songs’ is supported by the British Council and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland's National Lottery funds. It is published by Bloomfield Press, a collaboration between the author and EastSide Arts, Belfast.


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