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SPECIAL ISSUE: Fiona Flynn Page 2: Fiona Flynn’s Interview ‐Learn more about Fiona’s personal thoughts on her music career Page 4: The Making of Tour Amour ‐Inside scoop of Fiona’s secrets of becoming famous Page 8: Cultural Background Article ‐Diving into Fiona’s cultural background and how she incorporates her cultural when on travel Page 10: Popularity of Pop Music ‐ Learn more about the comparison of the Top 100 World songs to the Top 8 Irish songs Page 11: Fiona’s Internationally Inspired Look ‐Tips and tricks on Fiona’s cosmetic usage and products favored by Fiona

The wait for the special issue featuring Fiona Flynn is over. Inside this magazine get the latest scoop on Fiona’s latest tour: Tour Amour. Collect tips and tricks on becoming a rock star, a fashionista, and a cosmetics guru. Also , check out the exclusive interview with Fiona Flynn.

Page 13: Maps of Amour Tour ‐Trace the steps of Fiona’s tour and understand the logistics of travel Page 22: “My Dublin Bay” simgs ‐Learn the meaning behind the songs Fiona sings Page 23: Fashion Trends around the World ‐Diffusion of the latest fashion trends


Fiona Flynn’s Interview

Fiona Flynn’s Interview

During the making of this issue, Fiona Flynn was so gracious to accept an interview with the Ceolta Magazine team. She offered the team insight on the true feelings of musicians and their views. Learn what inspires these great musicians to stand where they are today.     Q: What inspired you to start singing?  A: My mother enjoyed singing but because the circumstances she was put in, she was forced to quit her professional career. She always sang to me as a little girl and I remember pretending to be asleep so she would sing to me! Silly, right?    Q: How did you discover your talents?  A: When I was a kid, I used to sing along to all the cartoon theme songs, and one day my grandpa told me I had an amazing gift! My mother gave me some lessons, and I tried out for the X Factor. After I didn't make it, my uncle who works at Chimes of Ireland Records helped me. After we made some tracks and produced some stuff, people started to take an interest in me.    Q: Do you have any role models in the music industry?  A: Well, my mother has had a huge impact on my career. Apart from her, I find The Beatles as a legend to look up to. Their style spread all around the globe; it’s amazing what an influence a band can be! They made the music industry augment with their new styles. I don’t know one person who has never heard of The Beatles! I hope to make a similar impact on our generation.       Q: And how do you think you can make such an impact?  A: My team and I have been very successful in choosing out tour and concert locations. We chose out the most populated and central venues for our events. All of our crowds and audiences were well into my style. I also tried to incorporate other musical influences that are popular right now into my own. I hope I can become multicultural having traditional and modern takes on the world. I think I am still sort of bereft on what I need to do.    Q: Traveling can make everyone homesick; how did you cope?   A: Well, I like to think of my tour bus as my new home, and I like to fill it with all sorts of souvenirs from everywhere I've been, it really makes me feel closer to my audience and fans. I do have a four leaf clover hanging on the wall though!   



Fiona Flynn’s Interview

Fiona Flynn’s Interview

Q: What places are the most different from here in Ireland? A: On my USA tour of 2009, I visited a place in Pennsylvania near a very distinct local culture called the Amish. They have no technology and no electricity. Obviously that is very different from here! They don’t have any cars, they ride horses, and they make furniture for money. Yes, that was very different!    

Q: Did the Amish appreciate your musical style? A: I don’t think I interested them too much. I visited their neighborhood to promote my concert; however, I was informed that my music threatens their culture. I was simply given a plain and stolid response. I suppose they simply meant that they didn’t want to lose their original way of life. I guess they thought I was trying to adulterate their culture or something!     

Q: What trends have you picked up from your travel? A: Bright colors are so internationally hot right now. On my tour in India, I saw some precious sarees, which is what Indian women wear; I brought along a colorful set of scarves to wear wherever I travel! I also have more makeup and fashionable tops from all around the world. It’s amazing how much globalization affects everyone in the world. I feel like a connection between all the places I travel. What happens in one place truly affects another.   

Q: Fiona, thank you for your time. When will your next tour start? A: You are most welcome! My next tour starts next year in 2013; I will be traveling out to Asian mega cities like Beijing. I can’t wait! 



The Making of Tour Amour


iona Flynn is an international music

sensation. Her famous Tour Amour goes from New York to exotic places like Morocco and Kenya. As said by Fiona, “There is a lot more to touring than just putting your finger on a map and saying ‘let’s go there’! Studying culture and the hierarchical dispersion of culture has to do with a lot of it.” Fiona holds a valued point in saying that the study of culture and its dispersion is a key to success when touring. Musicians find it impossible to stride for success unwarily; everything must be strategic. Although not all of Fiona’s tours went as planned, she dealt with tough issues with fortitude.

interconnected everything seems. Tour groups often use geographical findings to advance their opportunities. Concepts that geographers have come across include hierarchical diffusion, distance decay, and cultural landscape. Hierarchical dispersion is a form of diffusion in which an idea or

“There is a lot more

innovation spreads by passing first among

to touring then just

can see how studying this can help deploy a

putting your finger in

much go through the process of

a map and saying

more populous hearth-like cities. Trends

‘let’s go there’!”

the most connected places or peoples. You tour. A tour like Tour Amour could very hierarchical dispersion, starting in the move from hearths to places they go well noticed and heard of. In the case of pop music, the “hierarchy” is teenagers. In today’s society, teenagers play a crucial role

Geographers are always looking for connections between what is happening and why. This can be thought of as a field of inquiry. The questions are limitless; and

in what’s popular and what’s not. Teens have very pliable, tentative minds which contribute to the rapidly changing fads. One day, listening to classical rock may be

the more answers that are found, the more


The Making of Tour Amour in the norm. The next day, listening to

of herself as bringing people together, and

classical rock might be preposterous!

looking at the cultural landscape can

Fiona Flynn’s style of music is considered a “pop” genre; for it to be successful, tour locations must be central hearths. Fiona is pop culture, and little local culture areas are probably not going to know as much about her as the hearth-like areas are. Distance decay is another factor Fiona says affects her tour. “The more away from hearths places are, the less they are adulterated by popular culture. That puts limitations on places where we can tour.” Common locations for music tours in the “pop” genre include New York, Atlanta, and London. Record companies do more elaborate studies on how to produce “the next big thing”. A common way musicians like Fiona gain popularity is by performing

ensure a successful tour. However, not all people are open to this assimilation. Others view homogeneity between all countries and various ethnicities as a gibe. Local cultures often credit their music as a distinctive characteristic that is a part of their customs. When international influences breeze into local cultures, new eras begin. According to geographer Edward Relph, “Placelessness is a word to describe the loss of uniqueness of place in the cultural landscape so that one place looks like the next.” (De Blij, 2007, pg. 117) This example relates to not just physical landscapes, but to cultural interests as well. As noted in Human Geography People,

on channels such as MTV. Geographer

Place, and Culture (page 11) “The five

Clayton Rosati did such a

themes of geography are location, human-

study to emphasize the

environment interactions, region, place,

role of MTV on popular

and movement.” These themes are the

culture. Rosati’s results

verbatim points that make up Tour Amour,

showed that “MTV’s

and what make it an international

incorporation of rap music and Hip Hop

accomplishment. The location of where the

expressive forms into its production in

concerts are placed is vital, and the way

1997 helped produce music celebrities”.

people interact with the concerts (EX:

(De Blij, 2007, pg. 113)

buying tickets or not going) is

The pull between globalized popular culture and local culture can be seen in the cultural landscape which is another factor or strategy that is used. Fiona likes to think

indispensable for the tour. Region comes into play since there is no way Tour Amour can go places that are not in the “popculture” region, thus they must stay there.


The Making of Tour Amour Fiona mentions that while studying the

others but they all have the same goal.

different regions, she had to pay attention

Mapping out data keeps the team

to perceptual regions, such as the

organized. The complete Tour Amour map

generalized area considered the “South” of

comes together to show the associations of

North America. On a smaller scale, Fiona

place and diffusion. Using these opulent

looked at functional regions such as Atlanta

technological advances, Fiona’s team can

and its suburbs. All the places on the earth

put together pinpoints and facts about how

are unique and bring certain likings and

to travel. Without GIS, the team would not

values to the tour. Finally, movement is the

know which areas in Ireland are most

third “theme”. How is she supposed to have

populated, and differentiate between the

a concert when no one can come to it?

places in Ireland in which the population is

When all these factors come together, it

mostly youth.

becomes obvious why certain musicians gain more popularity than others.

On the next few pages, there are maps of Fiona Flynn’s Tour Amour locations. Comparing them to population dot maps, there is a clear correlation between youth population and event venues. Fiona’s team of experts was very ambidextrous at collecting as much information as they could. They gathered information from census data to determine population sizes. Every single detail of Fiona’s tour was

Musicians truly must plan out their steps on how to get to where they need to be. However, not all musicians follow the same path Fiona did; some gain popularity through the Internet.

thought out on different scales. First, the team chose out the most populated countries. Then, Fiona personally studied each country to find the most populated region. Within the region, further studies were made to find the demographics of the

The last things that make up her

densest populations.

tour strategy are GPS, maps, and GIS. These things all either tell Fiona and her crew where they’re going, or show them how to get there. Geographical Information Systems layers the information unlike the

Tour Amour has multifarious subjects that make it pop, but somehow they all harmonize to bring us the complex musical beauty that is Tour Amour.


OLD IRISH TUNES Home to Hundreds of Irish Instruments Bodhran~flute~harp~fiddle~tin whistle guitar~uilleann pipes~bagpipes~banjo~ bouzoukis~piano~accordion~mandolin~ concertina~ harmonica~ Irish warpipes~ chrotta~pastoral pipes~dord


Cultural Background of Fiona Flynn Everybody knows about Fiona

her and for her dreams to come true.

Flynn’s fame around the world, but not

Even though Fiona’s style of music

everybody knows how she got

was traditional Irish folk music, it

there. The authenticity of Fiona’s

didn’t take long for her to change

style is what truly brought her

her style after she got

international attention. Her

discovered. According to

musical taste satisfies her Irish

Encyclopedia Britannica (2012),

background as well as the latest

“Dublin had undergone

obsession of hip hop and

modernization”. Dublin had gone

pop. Here in Ireland, fast and

through regionalization as well as

upbeat fiddle rhythms make up most of the

modernization, because there were common

folk culture. On the other hand, the youth of

traits in Dublin that were making it a region

Ireland enjoys the new music technology

rather than just a city. What made Dublin its

and instruments brought in by other

own region were the modern influences that

international influences. Will the traditional

separated it from the rest of Ireland.

Irish music be worn out by the assimilation

Consequently, Fiona was surrounded by

of the new popular culture trends?

urban influences, and it was hard for her to not to change her

Fiona was thirteen when

culture through

she decided she was going to be a singer. Because her parents


acculturation. As a

owned a traditional Irish pub,

result, Fiona’s music

she grew up listening to Irish

had influences of pop.

folk music when it was being

In spite of the pop

performed there. Fiona wasn’t

influences in Fiona’s

the average Irish teenager. While other

music, her music was primarily Irish folk

teenagers were listening to pop and

music. Therefore, people in Ireland were her

absorbing the western culture, Fiona stayed

biggest fans. Her location played a major

true to her culture and practiced her flute

part of her fan-base, because she lived in a

and fiddle. As she became a better musician,

place where her music was already popular.

her parents let her perform at the pub. It only took a week for a music producer to notice

After Fiona Flynn got discovered, her popularity was rapidly diffusing.


Cultural Background of Fiona Flynn According to David Harvey, a famous geographer, called the diffusion of culture, similar to Fiona’s growing popularity, the “time-space compression” model. Harvey explained that culture diffuses between countries that are more interlinked through transportation and communication, rather

Time Compression Model by David Harvey.

than how far apart they are. Fiona’s popularity spread the same way; Fiona became more popular in countries that were more connected and interlinked with Ireland. Furthermore, Fiona had several culture traits that were diffusing. For example, her fiddle, unique music, and the four-leaf clover necklace she wears around her neck every day are culture traits. When Fiona traveled to different countries on her world tour her international fans were exposed to her culture traits. They

loved her necklace and fiddle, but pop music was diffusing faster than Irish folk music. So, Fiona wanted to change her music style and play primarily pop music influenced by Irish folk music. As a result, Fiona was losing part of her culture (Irish folk music) and was going through assimilation. Assimilation is when people lose some of their culture traits. Although Fiona wasn’t playing pure Irish folk music, she was representing her Irish culture and proudly exposing it to the rest of the world.


Top 100 Songs Around the World: Irish Popularity Some Nights By: Fun

We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together By: Taylor Swift Good Time By: Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen

Blow Me(One Last Kiss) Whistle By: Pink By: Flo Rida Call Me Maybe By: Carly Rae Jepsen

Payphone By: Maroon 5 Wide Awake By: Katy Perry


Fiona’s internationally inspired look Her Addiction? M.A.C. eye shadow in bright tropical colors! She told us that she saw it trending in the nightlife of India

We asked Fiona how her skin looked so beautiful, and her secret… Cerave! The hottest skin care product in the U.S.!

#trending Red Lipstick is Fiona’s Favorite statement piece! Inspired from the streets of London Fiona rocks this at all her major premieres!

A common nail polish trend would be bright metallic! All the rage in India and is rocked by celebs everywhere! Not only are regular metallic cute but colorful metallic are all the international rage! #trending #metallic





Tour Amour


Population Map (Each dot represents approximately 250,000)


Tour Amour


Population Map


Tour Amour


Population Map


Tour Amour


Population Map


Tour Amour


Population Map


Originally written by Sonny Knowles


Around the world, traditional clothing is the inspiration for top fashion designers into creating the latest trends

The diffusion of clothing trends is inspired by the bright colors and unique looks from around the world. Fashion designers are incorporating trends seen in other countries and making fashion lines that are seen on the runway today. Modern necklaces found in the fashion world today are inspired by the big beads used in African necklaces. The ruffles shown in traditional Latin dresses are also coming into trend, mainly seen in prom dresses. A pop star that rocks the latest fashion trends is the famous Fiona Flynn. She came from the

city of Dublin and had a very casual wardrobe. While touring around the world, the fashion trends influenced her wardrobe, and now Fiona leaves mouths gaping wherever she goes.



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