Seamus Ennis

‘Over the last 15 years, the numbers have really increased’: Telling the Story of Women Uilleann Pipers

‘Over the last 15 years, the numbers have really increased’: Telling the Story of Women Uilleann Pipers

‘Over the last 15 years, the numbers have really increased’: Telling the Story of Women Uilleann Pipers

This February at the Imbolc festival in Derry, Louise Mulcahy will give a talk on the rarely heard history of women uilleann pipers. She speaks to The Journal of Music about her continuing journey of discovering new material.

Published on 16 January 2019

A Guide to a Global, Hybrid Music

A Guide to a Global, Hybrid Music

A Guide to a Global, Hybrid Music

Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin's reissued book 'A Short History of Irish Traditional Music' stands the test of time, writes Aileen Dillane, and contains new material on female musicians as well as the expanding presence of Irish music

Published on 13 September 2017

Aileen Dillane is an ethnomusicologist and musician based in the Irish World Academy, University of Limerick.

The Star of the Folk Revival

The Star of the Folk Revival

The Star of the Folk Revival

What was it about Micho Russell's music and performances that was so unique and compelling, and that made him into a star of the folk revival?

Published on 4 November 2015

Niall Keegan is a traditional flute player and Associate Director at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick.

Forty-Five Years of the Armagh Pipers' Club

Forty-Five Years of the Armagh Pipers' Club

Forty-Five Years of the Armagh Pipers' Club

Brian and Eithne Vallely have produced a book to mark forty-five years of the Armagh Pipers' Club containing a visual and written history of the Club as well as a collection of personal reflections and essays on its origins and impact.

Published on 3 September 2012

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.

The Master

The Master

The Master

In New York and Dublin in the 1960s, Tony MacMahon lived with, played with and learned from uilleann piper Séamus Ennis.

Published on 1 February 2010

Tony MacMahon is a traditional musician and former television producer in RTÉ, where he produced The Pure Drop, The Green Linnet, Aisling Gheal, The Long Note, The Blackbird and the Bell and many other series. He has made two solo recordings, Tony MacMahon (1972) and MacMahon from Clare (2000), and recorded I gCnoc na Graí (1985) with Noel Hill and Aislingí Ceoil (1994) with Noel Hill and Iarla Ó Lionáird.

One Man, Many Voices

One Man, Many Voices

One Man, Many Voices

Pádraig Ó Cearbhaill reads a book of essays in honour of Tom Munnelly.

Published on 1 January 2008

Pádraig Ó Cearbhaill is employed as a placenames researcher in the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. Pádraig’s solo CD of traditional song, Amhráin na Séad /Jewels and Pathways was released in 2006.

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

'...free from every misfortune...'

'...free from every misfortune...'

'...free from every misfortune...'

Ríonach Uí Ógáin (editor) ,‘Mise an fear ceoil’: Séamus Ennis – Dialann Taistil 1942-1946

Published on 1 July 2007

Pádraig Ó Cearbhaill is employed as a placenames researcher in the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. Pádraig’s solo CD of traditional song, Amhráin na Séad /Jewels and Pathways was released in 2006.

Tiger Ireland, Turd Sniffers & Meta-Trad: People, Power and the Pursuit of Privileged Status in Music in Ireland

Tiger Ireland, Turd Sniffers & Meta-Trad: People, Power and the Pursuit of Privileged Status in Music in Ireland

Tiger Ireland, Turd Sniffers & Meta-Trad: People, Power and the Pursuit of Privileged Status in Music in Ireland

At a recent conference on 'Music and Identity in Ireland' one of the general editors of the forthcoming Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland implied that traditional music is lacking in scholarly analysis.

Published on 1 March 2007

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.

A Job with No Clock: Séamus Ennis and the Irish Folklore Commission

A Job with No Clock: Séamus Ennis and the Irish Folklore Commission

A Job with No Clock: Séamus Ennis and the Irish Folklore Commission

At just twenty-three years of age, Séamus Ennis went on his first collecting field-trip to Conamara on behalf of the Irish Folklore Commission.

Published on 1 January 2006

Ríonach uí Ógáin is a lecturer in Irish Folklore at University College Dublin. In addition to her work on traditional song in Irish, her publications include Immortal Dan which is a study of Daniel O’Connell in Irish folk tradition. Her CD productions include Beauty an Oileáin: Music and Song from the Great Blasket and Sorcha – the songs of the Conamara singer Sorcha Ní Ghuairim.

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.

Breathing on the Embers

Breathing on the Embers

Breathing on the Embers

A review of a recent publication on the music of Ulster.

Published on 1 January 2004

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.

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.

Songs of Irish Rebellion

Songs of Irish Rebellion

Songs of Irish Rebellion

A review of the re-issued Songs of Irish Rebellion: Irish Political Street Ballads and Rebel Songs, 1780-1900, by Georges Denis Zimmermann.

Published on 1 September 2002

Terry Moylan is a researcher and archivist with Na Píobairí Uilleann. He is the author of The Age of Revolution in the Irish Song Tradition 1776-1815.

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.