UL event to celebrate role of women in rock music

Girl In A Coma, performing in UL as part of a symposium on women and rock music
THE University of Limerick is to host a one day symposium celebrating the role of women in rock music next month.

THE University of Limerick is to host a one day symposium celebrating the role of women in rock music next month.

The April 16 event, which follows from previous symposia held in UL on David Bowie, Morrissey and The Smiths, is organised by the department of sociology in the university and aims to explore the significant contribution that women have made to rock music.

RIOT GRRRL will be open to the public and will feature a public interview and unplugged performance with San Antonio band Girl In A Coma who have toured with Morrissey and the Pogues, will also play their first ever Irish gig as part of the UL event at Dolan’s Warehouse that night.

Academic papers will also be presented by a number of noted experts, and there will also be panel discussions and a documentary screening.

Head of the sociology department and event organiser Dr Eoin Devereux said RIOT GRRRL will “throw a spotlight on what is often presumed to be a male dominated music genre”.

“We are particularly delighted to have Girl In A Coma as our special guests,” he explained.

“They have toured with Morrissey and The Pogues as well as many other performers. They are signed to Joan Jett’s Blackheart Records Label in New York. The Department of Sociology at the University of Limerick has pioneered the way in Ireland for the analysis of popular music and media culture,” he added.

See the sociology department’s Facebook page for more.