Joe Heaney

Is Music Timeless?

Is Music Timeless?

Is Music Timeless?

Presented as part of the MusicTown festival this year, 'A Weldon Kane Report – Joe Heaney Is a Time Traveller' explores the revelation that there exists a secret society of time-travelling Irish traditional musicians.

Published on 5 May 2021

James Camien McGuiggan holds a PhD in the philosophy of art from the University of Southampton. Prior to this, he studied music in Maynooth University. He is currently an independent scholar, with interests in the philosophy of music and R. G. Collingwood.

Recalling Joe Heaney

Recalling Joe Heaney

Recalling Joe Heaney

Far from a standard musical biopic, Pat Collins's film on sean-nós singer Joe Heaney, 'Song of Granite', explores the world of the wandering artist through sound and place, writes Anna Murray.

Published on 24 January 2018

Anna Murray is a composer and writer. Her website is www.annamurraymusic.com.

Singing at the Centre of a Life

Singing at the Centre of a Life

Singing at the Centre of a Life

Liam Mac Con Iomaire, Seosamh Ó hÉanaí: Nár fhágha mé bás choíche. Cló Iar-Chonnachta, Indreabhán, Galway, 2007, 521 pp, with CD, €35

Published on 1 May 2008

Angela Bourke's last book was Maeve Brennan: Homesick at The New Yorker. Now Professor of Irish-language Studies at UCD, she was a song collector in Carna in the 1970s, and as Angela Partridge wrote Caoineadh na dTrí Muire: Téama na Páise i bhFilíocht Bhéil na Gaeilge (1983).

The Price of Happiness?

The Price of Happiness?

Has too much been sacrificed by Irish traditional music in embracing the values of modern Ireland? Barra Ó Séaghdha takes some snapshots of a country with 'societal amnesia' and wonders where all the slow airs have gone...

Published on 1 July 2004

Barra Ó Séaghdha is a writer on cultural politics, literature and music.

Knocking on the Castle Door: A Place for Traditional Music at Third Level?

Knocking on the Castle Door: A Place for Traditional Music at Third Level?

Making the case for traditional music as an independent area of study in the Irish education system.

Published on 1 July 2002

Fintan Vallely lectures in traditional music at Dundalk Institute of Technology. He is author of several biographical and ethnographic books on the music, and is editor of the A-Z reference work Companion to Irish Traditional Music.

After the Fianna: Reality and Perceptions of Traditional Singing in Ireland

After the Fianna: Reality and Perceptions of Traditional Singing in Ireland

After the Fianna: Reality and Perceptions of Traditional Singing in Ireland

Collector Tom Munnelly assesses the state of Irish traditional singing today.

Published on 1 January 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.