Irish Traditional Music Archive

Arts Council Announces Increased Funding for Music, Opera and Traditional Arts Organisations

Arts Council Announces Increased Funding for Music, Opera and Traditional Arts Organisations

Arts Council Announces Increased Funding for Music, Opera and Traditional Arts Organisations

Strategic Funding scheme provides €1m extra for opera, €836k increase for music organisations, and an additional €230k for the traditional arts compared to last year.

Published on 2 March 2021

Tunes from Famine Times

Tunes from Famine Times

Tunes from Famine Times

Mick O’Brien, Emer Mayock and Aoife Ní Bhriain have just released a second album of tunes from the James Goodman manuscripts, a collection that was made around the time of the Great Famine. Adrian Scahill reviews.

Published on 11 February 2021

Adrian Scahill is a lecturer in traditional music at Maynooth University.

Big Book, Small Back Room

Big Book, Small Back Room

Big Book, Small Back Room

Reading the Companion to Irish Traditional Music, Ciaran Carson reflects on the many ways traditional music has changed in recent decades, but also how much it has stayed the same.

Published on 29 February 2012

Ciaran Carson (1948–2019) was a poet, prose writer, translator and flute-player. He was the author of Last Night’s Fun – A Book about Irish Traditional Music, The Pocket Guide to Traditional Irish Music, The Star Factory, and the poetry collections The Irish for No, Belfast Confetti and First Language: Poems. He was Professor of Poetry at Queen’s University Belfast. Between 2008 and 2010 Ciaran wrote a series of linked columns for the Journal of Music, beginning with 'The Bag of Spuds' and ending with 'The Raw Bar'.

Seamus Ennis, Peadar Mercier, Dan O’Dowd & Proinnsias Ní Dhorchaí

Seamus Ennis, Peadar Mercier, Dan O’Dowd & Proinnsias Ní Dhorchaí

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 unknown.

Published on 1 November 2007

‘Because it's our own’: Breandán Breathnach 1912-85

‘Because it's our own’: Breandán Breathnach 1912-85

‘Because it's our own’: Breandán Breathnach 1912-85

Uilleann piper, writer, publisher, organiser, and one of the great music collectors, Breandán Breathnach’s name is known throughout the world of Irish traditional music for his five volumes of Ceol Rince na hÉireann as well as for his wide

Published on 1 May 2005

Nicholas Carolan is Director Emeritus of the Irish Traditional Music Archive.

The National Ear: Part 1

The National Ear: Part 1

The National Ear: Part 1

In the first of two extracts from his forthcoming book, Ceol-Áras: music and broadcasting in Ireland 1926-2001, Richard Pine describes the context of musical life in Ireland when RTÉ was established.

Published on 1 January 2003

Richard Pine, Director of the Durrell School of Corfu, is a former Concerts Manager in RTÉ. He is the author and editor of books on Irish music history and of definitive studies of Oscar Wilde, Brian Friel and Lawrence Durrell.

Changes in Music Education in Ireland: Part 2

Changes in Music Education in Ireland: Part 2

Changes in Music Education in Ireland: Part 2

In the second part of her article, Ita Beausang charts the changes over the last century in music education in Irish schools and third level music education.

Published on 1 July 2002

Ita Beausang has recently retired from the School of Music and Drama in the Dublin Institute of Technology, where she held various teaching and administrative positions. Her research interests include music education in Ireland, Anglo-Irish music and music criticism.

Letters: The Trip to Cashel

Letters: The Trip to Cashel

Dear Editor, Towards the end of August I went to Cashel to visit the Brú Ború centre to see the show there and visit the newly opened 'Sounds of History' permanent exhibition.

Published on 1 September 2001

Tom Munnelly (1944-2007), born in Dublin but resident in Miltown Malbay, Co Clare, since 1978, made the largest field-collection of Irish traditional song ever compiled by any individual. After recording privately in the 1960s, and collecting especially from Traveller singers, he became a professional folklore collector and archivist with the Department of Irish Folklore, University College Dublin (now the UCD Delargy Centre for Irish Folklore and the National Folklore Collection), from 1974 to date, with a concentration on English-language song. He lectured and taught widely, was a leading activist in many folk music organisations and festivals, including the Folk Music Society of Ireland, the Willie Clancy Summer School and the Clare Festival of Traditional Singing, and he served on national bodies such as the Arts Council. He was the founding Chairman of the Irish Traditional Music Archive from 1987 to 1993. Recently he was presented with the festschrift Dear Far-Voiced Veteran: Essays in Honour of Tom Munnelly, and was made an honorary Doctor of Literature by the National University of Ireland Galway.