May/June 2001

The Myth of Traditional Music's Popularity

The Myth of Traditional Music's Popularity

Flute player Hammy Hamilton counters the view that traditional music is widely popular in Ireland.

Published on 1 May 2001

Dr Hammy Hamilton has been a professional flutemaker since 1979. He taught Irish music at UCC and WIT, and was a Fulbright scholar at UCLA. Currently he is an independent academic, living and working in the West Cork gaeltacht. He is the author of The Irish Fluteplayer's Handbook.

Third-level Music and the Leaving Certificate

Third-level Music and the Leaving Certificate

Lecturer in Music in NUI Maynooth, Barra Boydell discusses the slide in standards in third-level music in Ireland.

Published on 1 May 2001

Barra Boydell is Senior Lecturer in Music at NUI Maynooth and currently holds a Senior Research Fellowship from the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences. He is Hon. Secretary of the Society for Musicology in Ireland and has published widely on the history of music in Ireland. He is general editor, with Harry White, of the Encyclopedia of Music in Ireland to be published by UCD Press, Dublin.