DkIT celebrates Irish traditional music at Ó Ghlúin go Glúin

16 August 2018

A special symposium celebrating a number of important individuals in Irish traditional music and their role in passing on the tradition will take place at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Drogheda. Ó Ghlúin go Glúin: Celebrating Legacy and Transmission in Irish Traditional Music takes place in collaboration with the Creative Arts Research Centre at Dundalk Institute of Technology in Barlow House on Friday 17 August from 2pm to 5pm

The symposium is chaired by local researcher, performer and teacher Dr Daithí Kearney, Co-Director of the Creative Arts Research Centre, who will introduce six speakers from around the country and facilitate questions and discussion.

Of particular note to Louth audiences is the paper presented by Dr Adèle Commins, Head of Department of Creative Arts, Media and Music at DkIT, on her research into the musical life and legacy of Rory Kennedy, the renowned Dundalk-based music teacher and leader of the immensely successful Siamsa Céilí Band.

Other speakers include Dr Conor Caldwell of Queens University Belfast who will discuss Donegal fiddle player John Doherty, and DkIT graduate Dr Seán McElwain who will reflect on the immense role of Eamonn Ó Múirí (1912-1966) in the preservation and revival of Sliabh Beagh’s musical tradition. Current DkIT postgraduate researcher Barra McAllister will also present on his ongoing research that considers seminal Dublin fiddle player Tommie Potts.

Meath concertina player Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh will discuss the important role of Rena Traynor in the popularity of the instrument today in Meath and Offaly fiddle player Attracta Brady will reflect on her own family’s rich musical heritage, which continues to be evident in the competitions and session in Drogheda this year.

Ó Ghlúin go Glúin is a celebration and evaluation of the legacy of notable musicians who have made a significant contribution to the development of Irish traditional music, very often through their teaching or mentoring of young musicians. The speakers will present personal insights, share recordings and perform examples that will illustrate the contribution of selected individuals to the transmission of the tradition. There will be a particular focus on acknowledging and recognising the contribution made by musicians associated with the region in which the Fleadh is located, but figures from throughout the Irish traditional music world will be celebrated.

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