DkIT Music Graduate Facilitates Panel for Rising Tides10 September 2018
DkIT Music graduate Joanne Cusack facilitated an early career advice & open floor discussion for emerging artists as part of the recent FairPlé event 'Rising Tides'. The event, which took place on Saturday September 8th at Liberty Hall, Dublin, included panelists in Irish Traditional Music Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Ciara O’Leary Fitzpatrick, Tola Custy, Shane Gillen, Nuala O’Connor & Eamon Murray.
A cursory look at participation in Irish music suggests that equal numbers of boys and girls learn music as children, yet at the level of professional performance, the public face is overwhelmingly male. As the focus of the discussion, the panel of experts teased out this issue and offered early career advice to all participating musicians.
Facilitator Joanne Cusack is a button accordionist and doctoral researcher from Co. Dublin. A graduate of the BA (Hons) Applied Music programme at DkIT, Joanne has gone on to pursue doctoral research in Musicology at Maynooth University, focusing her research on gender in Irish traditional music.
FairPlé aims to achieve gender balance in the production, performance, promotion, and development of Irish traditional and folk music. They advocate for equal opportunity and balanced representation for all.
Gender and Music is a core element of research in the Creative Arts Research Centre at DkIT with a number of postgraduate and postdoctoral research projects underway. Areas include women and the Irish harp, including a project on Mary O'Hara, women and music in Donegal, and a project on Armagh fiddle player Josephine Keegan.