Songs of the Northern Ireland Conflict (SoNIC) Archive

UDA detainee song book

Photo credit: Jonto at English Wikipedia.

About the project

During the Northern Ireland conflict, or ‘Troubles’ (1968-1998), paramilitary groups were supported and sustained by a sociocultural apparatus that helped legitimise their position within the community and disseminate their political message.

From the use of flags and murals, to loyalist and republican parades, working-class vernacular culture revealed who was in control of various districts within the region.

Songs of the Northern Ireland Conflict (SoNIC) is the first online archive of political music-making in Northern Ireland.