Dr Helen Lawlor is a musician and academic, specialising in Irish harping. She lectures in music at Dundalk Institute of Technology. Helen holds a Bachelor in Music Education (TCD), Masters in Musicology (UCD) and PhD in Music, for which she was awarded an Ad Astra Research Scholarship.
Helen is co-editor with Sandra Joyce of ‘Harp Studies, Perspectives on the Irish Harp’ (Four Courts Press, 2016). In 2012 Helen published her research on the harp tradition in a monograph entitled ‘Irish Harping 1900-2010’ (Four Courts Press). Helen has also contributed articles to the Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland, The Companion to Irish Traditional Music, Ancestral Imprints and Sonus. While a doctoral student at UCD she co-edited Issue 3 of The Musicology Review. She has given guest lectures at Harvard University, the New England Conservatory, the American Irish Historical Society and the Royal Scottish Conservatoire, Boston College, New York University and the Irish Arts Centre, New York.
Helen has performed and taught traditional Irish harping at numerous international music festivals including the Interceltic Festival (Lorient), Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy, Blas and The Gaelic Roots festival in Boston.
2008- present, Dundalk Institute of Technology
2006-2008, University College Dublin
2007-2008, Royal Irish Academy of Music
2007-2008, DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama
Forthcoming articles in Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland (EMIR)
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