Images from the Irish Traditional Music Archive

Shadow Dolls
Student dancers at the Belltable Arts Centre, Limerick, May 2008: photograph from a current exhibition at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick, by Maurice Gunning, photographer-in-residence at the Academy
A Moment of Leisure
A nineteenth-century Irish flute player c. 1888 in ‘The Schoolmaster’s Moment of Leisure’, a watercolour and gouache by the American artist Howard Helmick (1845–1907) in the collections of the National Gallery of Ireland
The Irish Musical Monthly
Front cover (recto and verso) of the first issue of The Irish Musical Monthly, an early twentieth-century Dublin periodicalThe Irish Musical Monthly. A Journal Devoted to the Interests of Music in Church and School seems to be the first specifically musical...
William Archdeacon
An Irish harper on the continent: portrait of Cork merchant William Archdeacon with his family (c. 1750), from painting in private collection, Ghent.William Archdeacon (1685–1759) had established a family business network by the 1730s which linked his...
Maggie Murphy
Traditional singer Maggie Murphy (second from left) at Slieve Gullion Festival of Traditional Singing, Mullaghbawn, Co Armagh, October 1993: from colour photo by Ken Garland, London. Photo © Ken Garland, courtesy Ken Garland & Irish Traditional Music...
Ronnie Drew & The Dubliners
Ronnie Drew (right), Luke Kelly (seated), Ciarán Burke, & Barney McKenna on the cover of the first of some fifty original long-playing records (and hundreds of reissues) by the Dubliners group, Transatlantic TRA 116, issued 1964. Photo and design...
Uilleann Pipers at Bettystown
Meeting of Uilleann Pipers, Neptune Hotel, Bettystown, Co. Meath, 7 April 1968. Photographer unknown.
Harry Bradshaw
Harry Bradshaw, recipient of the ‘Gradam na gCeoltóirí’ award of the TG4 Television Gradaim Ceoil 2008, in an RTÉ radio studio 1992. Photo by RTÉ photographer John Rowe.Harry Bradshaw, radio producer, record producer...
Black Raven Pipe and Drum Band
Black Raven Pipe and Drum Band, Lusk, Co Dublin, at Killarney Oireachtas, July 1914. Photo by Cork Examiner photographer.The month of March has traditionally been the period of the year when marching pipe and drum bands begin again to appear on the streets...
Seosamh Ó hÉanaí & Tom Clancy
Galway traditional singer Seosamh Ó hÉanaí (centre) with, possibly, a relative (first right); Tom Clancy of the Clancy Brothers singing group (?) (first left); and, possibly, a neighbour of Ó hÉanaí’s. Photograph...
Seamus Ennis, Peadar Mercier, Dan O’Dowd & Proinnsias Ní Dhorchaí
Seamus Ennis, uilleann pipes (second from right), with Peadar Mercier, bodhrán; Dan O’Dowd, uilleann pipes; and (?) Proinnsias Ní Dhorchaí, flute; by river Liffey, c. late 1970s, photographer unknownSeamus Ennis (1919–1982),...
Tommy Makem (1932-2007)
Publicity photo of Armagh professional singer, instrumentalist and songwriter Tommy Makem with American five-string banjo, c. 1969Tommy Makem (1932–2007), born in Keady, Co Armagh, was a highly popular singer of the last five decades, in the United States...
Tom Munnelly at the Willie Clancy Summer School, Miltown Malbay, Clare, 1980
Traditional-song collector Tom Munnelly (second, left) with Clare traditional singers Tom Lenihan, Miltown Malbay; Kate Droney, Ballyvaughan; Martin Reidy, Connolly; and Michael ‘Straighty’ Flanagan, Inagh, at the Willie Clancy Summer School, Miltown...
The Irish Music Club of Chicago fl. c. 1901–09
The Irish Music Club of Chicago fl. c. 1901–09, a semi-formal association of Irish traditional musicians which included many source-players for The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems…, the bible of Irish dance tunes compiled and published by Francis...
Siobhán Ní Laoire at the Sean-nós Cois Life Traditional Singing Festival, 1993
Dublin singer Siobhán Ní Laoire at an event of the Sean-Nós Cois Life Traditional Singing Festival on 2 April 1993 in the Góilín Club at the Ferryman, Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin 2, with fellow-singers Clíona...
'Goldsmith on his Travels'
A musically unreliable nineteenth-century mezzotint depicting the Longford poet, novelist and dramatist Oliver Goldsmith (1728–74) on the Continet. The engraving, by W. Greatbach, is of a painting by the noted English artist Edward Matthew Ward (1816–79).Goldmith...
Accordion players being recorded on stage in Hall an Phobail, Miltown Malbay, Co Clare, 10 July 2003
ACCORDION PLAYERS BEING RECORDED ON STAGE IN HALLA AN PHOBAIL, MILTOWN MALBAY, CO CLARE, 10 JULY 2003, AT THE THIRTY-FIRST WILLIE CLANCY SUMMER SCHOOL. LEADING EXPONENTS OF FIDDLE, WHISTLE & FLUTE, UILLEANN PIPES, ACCORDION, CONCERTINA, SINGING IN ENGLISH...
Drawing of John Loughran (1927–87) by Eamonn O'Doherty
Drawing made 14 July 1977 by artist Eamonn O’Doherty of fiddle-player and raconteur John Loughran in his home in Pomeroy, Co. Tyrone – from the Irish Traditional Music Archive travelling exhibition ‘The Northern Fiddler’ recently...
Traditional Singer and Songmaker Eddie Butcher (1900–80)
TRADITIONAL SINGER AND SONGMAKER EDDIE BUTCHER (1900-80) FROM MAGILLIGAN, NORTH CO. DERRY, SINGING AT FÉILE NA BÓINNE, DROGHEDA, 1977Eddie Butcher’s first commercial recording, the 1969 EP Adam in Paradise edited by Hugh Shields, has recently...