Local 913, Episode 21: Mark Dignam
Mark Dignam was born in Dublin, Ireland, but has called Pittsburgh home for a decade and a half. He learned his trade as a busker on the streets of the Irish capital, honing his singer/songwriter credentials before moving to the United States. Mark explains the challenge of straddling two cultures and how that plays into his music. “I’m beginning to really look back at the history of not only my country, but my musical upbringing. I listened to a lot of ballads and house sessions, people singing music, which was a common thing for me in Ireland. I left a lot of the stuff behind because it was old school. I veered towards American folk music a lot. Now I’m here in America and I’m mixing that pot a bit. The next record’s gonna have a lot of Irish in it, not so much whistles and flutes and fiddles, but who knows maybe it’ll have some of that. But an examination of me the songwriter, who’s Irish, but who’s been living in American for a long long time.” For more on the Irish born-Pittsburgh-based songwriter Mark Dignam, listen below or check out his website.