BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:-//Fintan Vallely//NONSGML v1.0//EN CALSCALE:GREGORIAN METHOD:PUBLISH X-WR-CALNAME:Fintan Vallely X-ORIGINAL-URL:http://imusic.ie X-WR-CALDESC:Events for Fintan Vallely X-WR-TIMEZONE:Europe/Dublin BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20180217T000000 DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20180217T230000 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20180112T092851 LAST-MODIFIED:20180123T122253 UID:2381@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Edward Bunting's mark on music today DESCRIPTION:Fintan Vallely will speak on the persisting mark on music in Ireland made by the 18th-19th century collector Edward Bunting\, and the importance of Charlotte Milligan Fox’s publication of his papers. A Saturday 1pm talk\, illustrated with music\, at St. Mary's Hall\, Rosemary Street\, Belfast\, part of weekend Edward Bunting festival in Belfast. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/the-significance-of-edward-bunting/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20180707 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20180708 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20180108T185001 LAST-MODIFIED:20180108T185013 UID:2373@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Breandán Breathnach Memorial Lecture DESCRIPTION:Fintan Vallely will give this year's Breandán Breathnach lecture on the opening night of Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy\, Miltown Malbay\, Co. Clare. Irish music in Irish art - the hidden is louder than the visual Irish painters have from time to time portrayed music in Ireland; occasionally it is the music of ‘the plain people’. We have harpers representing a romantic view of the past\, pipers as the continuation - or relic - of indigenous traditions\, and we have fiddlers and dancers\, occasional whistlers and flute players; in the twentieth century we have accordions\, the session and the bodhrán. Each period of this art is a valuable technical record of what was and is\, and also indicates what was acceptable\, valued and desirable. But in such a story of attitudes\, the absences are as important as the presences\, and in this paper Dr. Fintan Vallely draws on both well-known and little-known art images\, guided by opinions of experts\, including NPU archivist Terry Moylan\, and Dr. Sighle Breathnach (daughter of Breandán Breathnach) former Curator of Irish Art at the National Gallery of Ireland (1998–2009)\, Dr. Barra Boydell\, and Dr. Caoimhin Mac Giolla Leith\, UCD School Of Irish\, Celtic\, Folklore & Linguistics. Picture: Session\, by Pam O'Connell LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/breandan-breathnach-memorial-lecture/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20180322 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20180323 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20171004T184946 LAST-MODIFIED:20180112T121829 UID:2368@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Performance-based workshops in Singapore DESCRIPTION: Performance-based illustrative session on Irish music at SOTA music academy\, Singapore. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/performance-based-session-on-irish-music-at-sota-singapore/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20180329 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20180403 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20171004T183327 LAST-MODIFIED:20171004T185109 UID:2361@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Compánach at National Folk Festival, Canberra, Australia DESCRIPTION: Performance of Compánach at Canberra. Numerous solo and group performances by members of the group. Queries on classes in flute\, fiddle\, step-dance and song in early April in the Sydney-Melbourne axis welcomed. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/companach-at-national-folk-festival-canberra-australia/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20171005 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20171006 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20171004T181820 LAST-MODIFIED:20171004T185211 UID:2357@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Seamus Heaney commemoration at Los Garos Irish Writers' Festival DESCRIPTION: Playing at a celebration of Séamus Heaney - 'The Berkeley Years' Programme extract: "We kick off this year’s Irish Writers’ Festival with a tribute to Seamus Heaney\, the 1995 Nobel laureate in literature\, who is often referred to as the greatest Irish poet since Yeats. Heaney\, who passed away in 2013\, spent a considerable amount of time at UC Berkeley in the early 1970s\, arriving from the Northern Irish conflict only to be faced with a troubled UC campus stirred by anti-war protest. Joining us from Ireland this festival weekend is Seamus Heaney’s son\, journalist and broadcaster Michael Heaney\, who chats today with close family friend and UC Berkeley Professor Emeritus\, Robert Tracy. Featured poet and Fulbright Scholar\, Tess Taylor\, recently returned from the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s University\, Belfast\, joins visiting poets and writers with tributes and readings\, offering insights into Heaney’s work and influences during this pivotal time of his career in the Bay Area. Music by virtuoso violinist Colm O’Riain\, and Irish traditional flute player\, researcher and writer\, Fintan Vallely. Moderated by Conor Howard\, Anna Livia Books LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/seamus-heaney-commemoration-at-los-garos-irish-writers-festival/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20170929 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20171005 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20171004T180410 LAST-MODIFIED:20171004T185227 UID:2353@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Playing at The Plough and the Stars, San Francisco DESCRIPTION:Fintan will be joined by Richard Mandel on guitar LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/playing-at-the-plough-and-the-stars-san-francisco/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20170918T200000 DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20170918T230000 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20170627T000840 LAST-MODIFIED:20171004T185246 UID:2340@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Compánach music concert at Munich Folk Club DESCRIPTION:A ‘melodic documentary’\, this is performed by Dundalk fiddle-player Gerry O’Connor\, Monaghan uilleann piper Tiarnán Ó Duinnchín\, and Armagh-Dublin flute-player and music authority Fintan Vallely. The production is shaped by Vallely's encyclopedia Companion to Irish Traditional Music\, the text of which is\, literally\, “turned back into music”. The music is seamless\, but rapidly-changing - some 90 tunes running without commentary in the full show of 25 sets; the mood is bright\, and the tempos and rhythms are brought to vivid life by expert playing. The story is subliminal\, directed by tunes named after places in each county on the island of Ireland and in exile regions abroad. The concert’s cue has been the way some 20% of Irish tunes were named in the late 1800s and early 1900s\, making the music a map of where the music was played or of where the players came. Compánach presents a rich sense of stylistic variety and melodic pulse: a varied repertoire in music on flute\, fiddles\, pipes interspersed with song Compánach appeals equally to aficionados of the music and those interested in Irish culture. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/companach-music-concert-at-munich-folk-club/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20170917 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20170918 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20170627T000336 LAST-MODIFIED:20171004T185300 UID:2337@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Compánach music concert at Stuttgart, Germany DESCRIPTION:Concert of Compánach music with mezzo-soprano Aylish Kerrigan\, hosted by Deutsch-Irische Freundeskreis (the German-Irish Friendship club of Baden-Wuerttemberg)\, the Stuttgarter Europa Club and the Kulturamt\, Stuttgart. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/companach-music-concert-at-stuttgart-germany/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20170916 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20170917 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20170626T235030 LAST-MODIFIED:20171004T185319 UID:2333@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Concert 'Compánach - music in its place' at Leonberg-Höfingen, Germany DESCRIPTION:Concert 'Irish Music in its place' with Gerry O’Connor and Tiarnán Duinnchinn for Höfinger Heimat- und Kulturverein (Höfingen Local History and Cultural Organisation)\, in the Altes Rathaus\, Höfingen LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/concert-at-leonberg-hofingen-germany/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20170612 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20170613 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20170626T234336 LAST-MODIFIED:20170627T002743 UID:2331@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Concert for Carlow College, Pittsburgh Universtiy DESCRIPTION:Concert with Gerry O'Connor (fiddle)\, Tiarnán Ó Duinnchin (uilleann pipes)\, Helen Diamond (song)\, and Síbeal Davitt (sean-nós step dance) for Carlow College\, Pittsburgh Universityh Irish Studies summer school programme in Ireland. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/concert-for-carlow-college-pittsburgh-universtiy/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20170627 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20170628 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20170626T234111 LAST-MODIFIED:20170627T002007 UID:2329@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Concert for Carleton College, Minneapolis DESCRIPTION:Concert with Gerry O'Connor (fiddle)\, Tiarnán Ó Duinnchin (uilleann pipes)\, Máire Ní Chloilm (song in Irish)\, and Mary Beth Taylor (sean-nós step dance) for Carleton College summer school programme in Ireland. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/concert-for-carleton-college-minneapolis/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20170703 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20170709 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20170503T104009 LAST-MODIFIED:20170626T233800 UID:2306@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Teaching Flute at Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy DESCRIPTION: LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/teaching-flute-at-scoil-samhraidh-willie-clancy-2/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20170429 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20170430 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20170503T102706 LAST-MODIFIED:20170503T102806 UID:2298@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Compánach at L'Arbre de la Liberté, Castlebar DESCRIPTION: Compánach is being performed as a special event at L'Arbre de la Liberté - Liberty Tree Conference\, Castlebar\, on April 29th\, 2017. Performers Gerry O'Connor\, Fintan Vallely\, Tiarnán Ó Duinnchin and Róisín Chambers. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/companach-at-larbre-de-la-liberte-castlebar/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20170721 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20170730 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20170503T100835 LAST-MODIFIED:20170529T170831 UID:2294@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Teaching flute, playing and speaking at Boxwood festival, Nova Scotia, Canada DESCRIPTION: Flute workshops\, performance and talks in an assembly of musicians from several countries. July 22-29 2017. Further details. 2017 Performers and Guest Artists: Fintan VALLELY - Irish flute\, whistle June McCORMACK - Irish flute\, whistle Rachel BROWN - baroque flute\, recorder Adrianne GREENBAUM - Klezmer flute & beginning traverso Andra BOHNET - flute choir Chris NORMAN - traditional flutes\, small pipes\, director Lisa ORNSTEIN - Quebecois\, Old-Time and Cajun fiddle Adrian BUTTERFIELD - baroque violin\, ensembles Rachel JOHNSTON - cello Michael ROONEY - Celtic harp\, concertina and composition Magnus HOLMSTRÖM - Nyckelharpa Tony McMANUS - guitar Tomas Limpan LINDBERG - guitar\, bozouki\, mandolin Marie BOUCHARD - harpsichord & piano Mary Jane LAMOND - Gaelic song and puirt-a-beul Eamon O'LEARY - ballads\, songs\, banjo\, and guitar Nick GAREISS - percussive dance Nick HALLEY - percussion & rhythm Marlys YVONNE - dance: modern\, ballet & Pilates\, administrator LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/teaching-flute-playing-and-speaking-at-boxwood-festival-nova-scotia-canada/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20170527 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20170528 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20170215T111508 LAST-MODIFIED:20170503T101512 UID:2226@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Spanish Association for Irish Studies, Logroño, La Rioja, Spain DESCRIPTION: Keynote paper to AEDEI 2017 Conference at Universidad de La Rioja "The note is as mighty as words … " Traditional music as played today. Its revival and status are the product of a highly-motivated\, politically-driven\, extra-State activism which has been confident of the music’s intrinsic artistic merit\, aesthetic importance and symbolic value. The music’s re-establishment is not only an achievement to be maintained\, but is also an invitation to development. It is at an artistically-thrilling watershed with three directions being explored by performers: refinement (maintaining styles and standards)\, expansion (development in the Contemporary Classical idiom)\, and fusion/crossover (engaging with Popular/Rock). Like the written word\, the ‘Traditional’ music idiom is simultaneously a barometer\, gauge and agent of identity-related artistic expression. Download draft AEDEI programme     LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/spanish-association-for-irish-studies-logrono-la-rioja-spain/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20170310 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20170311 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20170116T144506 LAST-MODIFIED:20170503T102832 UID:2221@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Compánach at Baile Bhúirne, Co. Cork DESCRIPTION: LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/companach-at-baile-bhuirne-co-cork/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20161113 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20161114 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20161112T152634 LAST-MODIFIED:20161112T152659 UID:2213@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Compánach at Ennis Tradfest DESCRIPTION:Old Ground Hotel\, Ennis. Sunday night 13th November. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/companach-at-ennis-tradfest/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20160613 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20160614 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20160710T192311 LAST-MODIFIED:20160710T192311 UID:2205@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Carlow College (Pittsburg) summer-school concert at The United Arts Club DESCRIPTION:Summer school concert of all aspects of Traditional music LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/carlow-college-pittsburg-summer-school-concert-at-the-united-arts-club/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20160711 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20160712 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20160710T192023 LAST-MODIFIED:20160711T163029 UID:2202@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:International summer-school concert at The United Arts Club, Dublin DESCRIPTION:Concert with explanation of music for International summer schools. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/international-summer-school-concert-at-the-united-arts-club-dublin/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20160608 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20160609 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20160627T121010 LAST-MODIFIED:20160627T121915 UID:2193@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:LAUNCH OF JACQUES PIRAPREZ NUTAN'S BOOK OF PHOTOS FROM DUBLIN, 1969 DESCRIPTION:Launch of this fabulous book of photographs taken by Guy Jungblut in 1966\, and Nutan in 1969\, images that are rare\, nostalgic\, humourous and tragic\, and food for thought should we ever consider exiting the EC ... [photo courtesy Nutan] LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/launch-of-jacques-piraprez-nutans-book-of-photos-from-dublin-1969/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20160513 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20160514 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20160627T114059 LAST-MODIFIED:20160627T121950 UID:2185@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Armagh Pipers' Club 50th anniversary concert at Armagh DESCRIPTION:[caption id="attachment_2186" align="alignleft" width="300"] At the launch of Fintan Vallely's companion 2 of Irish Traditional Music. Royal Irish Academy and harcourt Hotel. Dublin[/caption] Performance with Sheena Vallely at 50th anniversary of Armagh Pipers' Club - concert in the Market Theatre\, Armagh             [photo courtesy Nutan] LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/armagh-pipers-club-50th-anniversary-concert-at-armagh/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20160705 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20160706 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20160627T112329 LAST-MODIFIED:20160627T121407 UID:2179@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Flute recital at flutes concert, Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy DESCRIPTION: Tuesday\, 5th July at 8.00 pm WHISTLE & FLUTE RECITAL at Community Centre with Mick Hand\, Christy Barry\, Paul McGrattan\, John Wynne\, Conal Ó Gráda\, Patsy Hanly\, Anne Sheehy\, Fintan Vallely\, Mick Crehan\, Bríd O’Donohue\, Billy Clifford\, Róisín Nic Dhonncha\, Seán Ryan\, Tara Diamond\, Louise Mulcahy\, Eamon Cotter\, Mick O’Connor\, Francis O’Connor\, Marcas Ó Murchú\, Marion McCarthy\, Maureen McGrattan\, Eibhlín de Paor\, Ciarán Somers\, Adrian McCarron\, Catherine McEvoy\, Geraldine Cotter\, Peter Phelan\, Aoife Granville and Majella O’Beirne.   [photo courtesy Danny Diamond] LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/flute-recital-at-flutes-concert-scoil-samhraidh-willie-clancy/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20160705 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20160706 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20160627T111920 LAST-MODIFIED:20160627T121250 UID:2175@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Ed Reavey Tribute at Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy DESCRIPTION:Chairing Mick Moloney's tribute talk on Cavan/Philadelphia fiddle composer Ed Reavey. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/ed-reavey-tribute-at-scoil-samhraidh-willie-clancy/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20160704 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20160710 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20160627T111117 LAST-MODIFIED:20160627T113233 UID:2172@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Flute workshops at Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy, Co. Clare DESCRIPTION:Teaching flute at the Willie Clancy Summer school from Monday\, July 4th - Saturday July 9th LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/flute-workshops-at-scoil-samhraidh-willie-clancy-co-clare/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20160702 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20160703 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20160627T105527 LAST-MODIFIED:20160627T113304 UID:2168@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Launch of Sara Lanier's Annals of the Irish Harpers at Art O’ Neill Commemoration, Benburb, Co. Tyrone DESCRIPTION:Launch of Sara C. Lanier's new edition of Charlotte Milligan Fox's Annals of the Irish Harpers\, as part of the Art O’ Neill Commemoration: “The Last Minstrel of Ireland” Saturday 2nd July from 9.30am Saturday the 2nd of July will see a dedicated all-day seminar held in the Great Hall at Benburb Priory which will celebrate the life and music of Art O’Neill\, the Blind Harper from Tyrone.  This unique and special event will commemorate the 200th anniversary of Art’s death in 1816 at Maydown near Benburb. Arthur Ó Néill (circa 1734-1816) was born into thatfinal generation of itinerant harpers who carried the music of the Irish wirestrung harp into the early nineteenth century.He was born in the townland of Drumnastrade\, the Ó Néill family home\,between Benburb and Dungannon\, a few miles from Benburb village. After losing his sight in childhood\, Ó Néill was taught the traditional harptechnique by Owen Keenan of Augher. He travelled Ireland enjoying the patronage andhospitality of many of the significant figures of late eighteenth century Ireland. Sixteen years after taking part in the Belfast Harpers Assembly of 1792\, whichfeatured the music of Ireland’s leading Harper’s including Ó Néill\, he was selectedin his seventy-fifth year to administer the Belfast Harp Society’s project for theeducation of blind children in the traditional harp technique\, the final seriousattempt to save the tradition as a living culture. One of his first pupils and his successor was Valentine Rainey\, nephew of Robert ‘Rabie’ Burns\, the Bard of Scotland. At Edward Buntings prompting\, Ó Néill had earlier dictated hislife story to Bunting’s secretary Thomas Hughes\, although his Memoir wouldwait a full century before Charlotte Milligan Fox first published this in her‘Annals of the Irish Harpers’ (1911).A new improved reprint of this book will be launched at the seminar. The seminar will be chaired by Brian Mullen of BBC Ulster and Radio Foyle.  It will feature scholars and musicians such as Siobhán Armstrong who is one of Europe’s foremost historical harpists and chairs the Historical Harp Society of Ireland;Dr Colette Moloney\, a County Cork musician who is currently Assistant Registrar at the Waterford Institute of Technology. Herpublications include ‘The Irish Music Manuscripts of Edward Bunting (1773-1843): AnIntroduction and Catalogue’ (ITMA 2000); Dr Sara C. Lanieris an acknowledged authority on the historical Irish HarpTradition\, the Belfast Harper’s Assembly of 1792 and the life and work of CharlotteMilligan Fox. She has researched the mid twentieth century harp revival instigated by the Folk Harp Movement in California and is the originator of the term “California Celtic”; RolandSpottiswoodeis a writer and visual artist. After a successful career in filmproduction (Pink Floyd The Wall\, 1981; The Snowman 1982) in 1996 he returned to full-time painting; FintanVallelyis a musician\, writer\, lecturer and researcher on Traditional music\, originally from Armagh; Dr Peter Smithis Reader in Irish at the Ulster University. He is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and the University of Oxford.His publications include ‘Songs fromthe Sperrins: Traditional Singing from Mid and North Tyrone’ (Derry 2009); and\, Éamonn Ó Bróithe is a piper and singer from Dún Laoghaire\, Co. Dublin\, buthas spent his adult life in the West of Ireland\, where he now lives. Everyone is welcome to attend this event which promises to be a very special and unique opportunity to look in to the life\, times and craft of Art O’Neill\, and the legacy he left. To book your place on this event\, please visit www.benburbpriory.com. or  please contact James Kane on 07876 385282. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/launch-of-sara-laniers-annals-of-the-irish-harpers-at-art-o-neill-commemoration-benburb-co-tyrone/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20160506 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20160507 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20160427T161640 LAST-MODIFIED:20160627T113521 UID:2157@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:'An Chuairt Chaidrimh - The Friendly Visit' performance, with Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin DESCRIPTION:Fintan Vallely and Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin are the guest performers at the Friendly Visit night in Bray. ! LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/an-chuairt-chaidrimh-the-friendly-visit-performance-with-micheal-o-suilleabhain/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20161001 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20161002 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20160227T003050 LAST-MODIFIED:20160719T195142 UID:2140@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Compánach at Cork Folk Festival DESCRIPTION:     Compánach will be performed at this year's Cork Folk Festival\, Sept. 29 - Oct. 2nd. Saturday evening 5pm Karan Casey will be singing\, and dance will be by Galway artiste Emma O'Sullivan. [photo courtesy Nutan] LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/companach-at-cork-folk-festival/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20160609 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20160610 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20160227T002531 LAST-MODIFIED:20160627T121727 UID:2136@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Compánach at Conservatoire de la Ville, Luxembourg DESCRIPTION:Compánach will be performed in Luxembourg on JUNE 10th. Taking part will be Fintan Vallely\, Gerry O'Connor\, Tiarnán Ó Duinnchin\, Sibéal Davitt and special guest singer Karan Casey.       [photo courtesy Nutan] LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/companach-at-conservatoire-de-la-ville-luxembourg/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20160607 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20160608 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20160227T001836 LAST-MODIFIED:20160627T113454 UID:2132@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Compánach at Brussels Tradfest 2016 DESCRIPTION:Compánach will be performed at this year's Brussels Tradfest. Taking part will be Fintan Vallely\, Gerry O'Connor\, Tiarnán Ó Duinnchin\, Sibéal Davitt and special guest singer Karan Casey. Download Brussels Tradfest programme. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/companach-at-brussels-tradfest-2016/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20160205 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20160206 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20160119T222312 LAST-MODIFIED:20160627T113638 UID:2120@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Cape Breton Fiddle Companion DESCRIPTION: Liz doherty and Mats Melin book launches\, Derry City\, UU\, Feb 5\, 2016 Fintan Vallely Trains run to schedule\, but buses are prone to unexpected delays\, so much so that two might arrive together. Well\, here we are with that syndrome in the music of Cape Breton\, Nova Scotia: we arrive at 2016 with not one\, but two major books on its music culture: Liz Doherty’s Cape Breton Fiddle Companion\, and Mats Melin’s One with the music: Cape Breton Step Dance Tradition and Transmission. Why the two volumes come out so close together\, and at this time\, is of course that music\, and writing about it\, are more like the roads than railways\, subject to interruption in the form of declines\, revivals\, unexpected turns and temporal hazards\, and human decision-making. Both these books have had a lot of the unexpected to contend with\, but their writers have somehow found and negotiated space amid high-pressure teaching of traditional music and dance\, performance\, travel\, research and academic administration. And so the two poles of Cape Breton island’s music are being launched here\, representing the aesthetic and kinaesthetic\, cultural and artistic\, sociability and community. Both writings are - appropriately - published by Cape Breton University Press\, but\, it has to be said\, perhaps most amazingly\, both of them are compiled by scholars based in universities here on the island of Ireland where they are teachers in Traditional music studies. Liz Doherty is perhaps the longest-serving lecturer in this field in Ireland at this point\, and was the youngest to gain such a role when she began third level teaching 22 years ago in 1994; she has now been nine years in University of Ulster. Mats Melin has taught for 21 years; he is from Sweden\, but his interest in Scottish dance took him to Glasgow in 1995\, and he has been in University of Limerick for eight years. There is something in this of course\, because of the strength of the resurgence of Traditional music in Ireland - its track record for more than a century\, peaking\, somewhat surprisingly\, in the Pop era after the 1950s. Indeed\, we already have quite a stimulus to new writing in the form of the considerable body of academic and practical literature on Traditional music\, all of which can be accessed on the shelves at the State-financed ITMA archive in Dublin. We have taught the music formally up to post graduate level too\, most seriously since the 1980s. Canada of course has done all of this as well (Liz’s book lists 440 publications) if perhaps not with quite the same cultural meaning or political impetus. But the music of Canada’s fiddlers has been part of the soundscape of that country’s social life and broadcasting for all of the 20th century\,  with many popular stars. In that light\, the compilation of these books by Limerick and Derry city lecturers and performers is a comment on the opportunities created by the mature out-looking of a confident - and State supported - Traditional music in both parts of Ireland rather than it being a failure of Cape Bretoners. But even that does not strictly apply\, for neither of these writers is quite an “outsider” at all. Liz and Mats have in fact utterly absorbed themselves in the aesthetic and social fabric of Cape Breton music-making and dance\, making it their cultural homeland for a quarter of a century; in a way they are the  inverse of (but no different to) the many Cape Breton music exiles who spent much of their working and music lives in cities in Canada or the United States. These books are each a work of passion. They explore every nook and cranny in their observations\, quotations and questions; each presents a quite amazing narrative e of a small island community of only c. 140\,000 people which has evolved intricate music and dance forms and styles which are now core to Cape Breton’s identity and form a central plank of its tourism\, a considerable economic boost to an economically-marginal region of Canada. You read Mats and Liz as voices from within the music and dance communities\, contemporaneous and historical at one and the same time. Their lists of performer biographies shows the particular relevance of music and dance to Cape Breton’s local communities - receding\, as everywhere in the mid-20th century\, but reviving with determined commitment after the 1970s. Indeed\, as documented in the books\, the symbiosis of dance and music on Cape Breton island itself has retained an efficacy long after it has slipped in the Scottish place of origin of Cape Breton’s music traditions. Particularly strong in this is the role of the piano: the appropriation of the supreme emblem of Western-music rationalisation by a music of the people\, its many facets documented indeed in Liz’s book. Mats Melin’s work is a tremendous  window on every possible dimension of step dance and social dance: Transmission\, teaching\, meaning\, aesthetics\, tradition\, dance structure\, and biographies on key figures. Quotations from stylists reflect the breath\, depth and time-span of his investigation; they are warm and powerful. Mats’s own observations are no less profound\, notably his assessment of the aesthetic space dance represents for its performers: “a home from home where one can feel spiritually refreshed or feel rooted”. He observes two styles of learning: the visual and the kinaesthetic\, watching and feeling. In this regards he cites dance teacher Minnie Macmaster who would hold the hands of learners: “so they could feel the beat through my hands”. And Harvey Beaton\, who considers that: “Dancing should be a personal language … subtlety\, rather than fancy steps”. Mats remarks on one dance class being held on a wooden bridge\, so the dancers could feel the vibrations of their actions\, and quotes anecdotes about dancers who\, when travelling\, might stop at a wooden bridge to have a bit of a dance\, to feel the dance;  He tells us too of lumbermen who when felling large trees would try out a dance on a freshly cut stump. This draws in gender\, change over time  from this robust masculinity to the fact that dance in the home was in the past taught by the women\, and in the 19th century classes were run by specialist male dance teachers\, but now it is dominated by women. Dance is not separated from music however\, and their confluence and interconnectedness is noted in Mats’ observations on the vocabulary\, dancers’ aesthetic keywords such as ‘timing’\,  which enabled: “ease of dancing and creating a lift that matches the swing of the music”. He notes too the overlap of the kinaesthetic and the aural - speaking of how the varying volume of stepped-out rhythms were a mnemonics patterning\, remarking on the superiority of particular tunes for which a dancer would have a special “take”. His observations on changes since the 1970s are related to this - the disappearance of those very tune-specific dances\, along with increasing complexity which is paralleled by weakening of aesthetic concepts. Liz Doherty’s volume also summarises social dance practices in Cape Breton\, but as an encyclopedia: with compact entries in a massive four hundred pages of data on fiddlers\, fiddling style\, tunes\, fiddle history\, revival\, professionalism and change - a profound document with 900 individual topics. The Fiddle Companion encompasses repertoire\, aesthetic absorption\, dedication\, regional pride\, professionalism\, technology\, and ongoing composition that bridges the music of this small place to mainstream Popular entertainment. There is much here for performers\, lovers and students and teachers of any music form\, since well ahead of the post-1977 fiddle-revival period there is a well-established professionalism shown among Cape Breton musicians\, some of whom were nationally regarded in Canada. The exile community in the USA and Canadian cities are in themselves a tremendous story\, and the legacy\, influence - and often family trees - are traced through from vaudeville and 78rpm recording to modern-day world touring bands and digital transmission. We appreciate too from this book the importance of family reputation and influence\, with documentary on families of musicians over several generations\, many of them key players in modern time: there are some 900 indexed names\, quite a statistic for a music from a population of 140K playing a derivative of Scottish Traditional music. Yet this is not nostalgia\, or a document of past glory\, it is about a contemporary music form that is part of the modern-day commerce of professional music making as much as it is about cultural  identity and preference: broadcasting\, recording\, migration and media are a binding medium in this text\, rendering understandable the huge array of performers\, their family histories\, instrumental preferences\, fiddle and piano technique and range of tune types\, making the huge spectrum\, technology and aesthetic preferences understandable\, a comprehensive narrative that fills the mind with a sense of richness among economic poverty\, worth in the hardship of Cape Breton as a developing region\, and cultural and economic value on the music in today’s ruthless world. This book is nominally about Cape Breton\, but like Mats Melin’s it is also fundamentally about the artistic integrity of a regional artform\, the human need to connect with relevant music-scapes which have long historic roots\, the psychological value of music in modernity. Both these books are vital reading for the understanding of any regional Traditional music. They have much to say to Irish musicians in particular\, because we in this country have also had a lengthy\, extensive Traditional music revival that spans casual\, functional dancing in kitchens to display on university platforms. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/cape-breton-fiddle-companion/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20160120 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20160121 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20160119T220848 LAST-MODIFIED:20160119T220848 UID:2117@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Where we have been since nineteen sixteen ... DESCRIPTION:A critical view of the new Ireland in song\, satire and music. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/where-we-have-been-since-nineteen-sixteen/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20160207 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20160208 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20151218T212810 LAST-MODIFIED:20160627T113605 UID:2099@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:A terrible beauty is bodh-rán … the invention of the fabulous Irish drum DESCRIPTION:In 2016 the dogs of the street know what a ‘bodhrán’ is. It is played in hundreds of sessions nightly all over Ireland\, flaunted by the major Irish Traditional bands\, and is used as a noise-maker at not only GAA but also soccer and rugby matches and even at international cricket where Ireland is involved. Every major Irish politician has posed with one\, and every kind of product has been advertised on them. Yet the revolutionaires who went out a century ago in 1916 would never have heard it or seen it. So where does this magnificient\, seductive percussion instrument come from? Fintan Vallely here cheerfully challenges myth\, imagination and wishful thinking in the currently accepted history of that unique Irish drum. He explores the perceptions of Irish drum culture\, looks scientifically at the evidence of the drum's antecedents\,  and the meaning of the word bodhrán itself. His interim conclusions are that the famous Irish drum has no ancient artistic past: it was universally known in the late 1800s and early 1900s as what it was - a 'tambourine'\, and the actual 'bodhrán’ was only a common agricultural and household utensil\, and often a sieve. So indeed\,\, the history of the bodhrán that we have is riddled with holes. Yet the bodhrán IS around\, and being brilliantly played\, as solid and sought-after an art and presence as the harp or the pipes. But we borrowed the rhythms from dancers' feet\, the device itself from Black & White Minstrels\, The Salvation Army or regimental bands\, and we synthesized the modern playing style from the sounds of Ulster Lambeggers\, Indian tabla tippers and Scottish pipe-band snare drummers. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/a-terrible-beauty-is-bodh-ran-the-invention-of-the-fabulous-irish-drum/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20160326 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20160327 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20151204T145455 LAST-MODIFIED:20160627T115123 UID:2071@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Traditional and new music and dance from Ireland DESCRIPTION:CANCELLED With Gerry O'Connor\, Tiarnán Ó Duninnchin\, Fintan Vallely\, Anne-Marie-O'Farrell (harp)\, Dearbhla Collins (piano)\, Eimear MacCarrick & Justin McGuire (dance)\, Aylish Kerrigan (mezzo-sooprano & Moderator). Reception with Irish Ambassador to Germany Michael Collins. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/traditional-and-new-music-and-dance-from-ireland/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20160328 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20160329 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20151204T132422 LAST-MODIFIED:20160627T115044 UID:2067@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:A 'terrible beauty' is sung ... DESCRIPTION:CANCELLED Popular song as morale-builder\, call to action\, memorial and “pike in the thatch”  in Irish revolutionary agitation ... an Illustrated lecture on Songs of Rebellion\, in Bow Street Studio 1\, just off Church St in Smithfield\, Dublin\, live lecture commissioned and to be recorded for broadcast by RTÉ (Easter Monday)\, 11am LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/songs-of-rebellion-lecture/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20160321 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20160322 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20151204T122234 LAST-MODIFIED:20160627T115153 UID:2063@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:A music tour of Ireland, at Munich Folk Club DESCRIPTION:CANCELLED Fintan Vallely & Tiarnán Ó Duinnchin - A Traditional-music progress around Ireland\, c. 1616-2016 This music journey begins with melodies from the 17th and 18th centuries that were committed to print by dedicated collectors in the dying years of their period of daily use. As a result of revival from the 1960s on\, and driven by the ideology of the late 1800s which changed Ireland dramatically\, this music has now become part of the stock\, expressive variety of modern-day Traditional music\, while also enjoying a life in Classical performance as well as in Rock and Popular musics. More-modern dance tunes and airs are played also in the recital\, the material that was the core of pre-World War 2 popular music for social dancing all over the island. The instruments used are D and B uilleann pipes\, a unique Irish form of the bagpipe developed in the early 1700s as the ‘Irish pipes’ or ‘union pipes’\, and the pre-1860s\, wooden concert flute. The repertoire is selected from the regional and unusual music from the Compánach  music-photography show in which the musicians also both perform. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/concert-at-munich-folk-club/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20160323 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20160324 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20151204T121121 LAST-MODIFIED:20160627T115008 UID:2062@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Irish Traditional Music 100 years on from 1916 DESCRIPTION:CANCELLED A Melodic Beauty is Released ... Traditional music in the optimistic revloutionary years after 1916 Concert by Gerry O'Connor\, Tiarnán Ó Duinnchin and Fintan Vallely at Chorherrenhnaus\, Sindelfingen (Stuttgart) A concert series in Germany with Gerry O'Connor\, Fintan Vallely and Tiarnán Ó Duinnchin playing music that has blossomed in the new Irish state over the century since 1916.  Some of this was the soundscape to Gaelic revival\, the socialisation that was part of new-State celebration and the cultural lives of emigré communities in Britain and America. Airs\, songs and dance music on uilleann pipes\, flute\, fiddle and voice from three specialists from border counties who learned from the great stylists and have been performing Traditional Irish muisic for most of their lives. Concerts in Munich\, Stuttgart and Sindelfingen already arranged (see EVENTS) and we are open to other bookings in March and April. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/irish-traditional-music-100-years-on-from-1016/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20160311 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20160312 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20151204T120035 LAST-MODIFIED:20160112T151520 UID:2057@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:A thurible beauty is born … DESCRIPTION:Irreverence\, slagging and satire in agit-prop political song DCU Conference 2016: Non-Violent Resistance: Irreverence and counter-discouse as subversive weapons in Irish culture LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/without-as-much-mercy-as-harpic-with-germs/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20150924 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20150925 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20151204T095052 LAST-MODIFIED:20151204T105518 UID:2024@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Celebration of the work of Nicholas Carolan at the ITMA DESCRIPTION:Encomium for Nicholas Carolan Dr. Fintan Vallely\, ITMA\, 6pm\, September 24\, 2015 [caption id="attachment_2027" align="alignright" width="412"] At the launch of Companion to Irish Traditional Music\, 2nd edition\, at the Royal Irish Academy and Harcourt Hotel. Dublin  [photo courtesy Jacques Nutan][/caption]It is a great honour for me to have been asked by the Board of the Irish Traditional Music Archive to give this verbal tribute to Nicholas Carolan\, a person for whom I have the highest of respect\, and admiration. It was not specified what I should say\, but I take it that this is an encomium\, what the dictionary specifies as “a laudatory ode\, a formal expression of warm or high praise”. I could take any direction for such an appreciation\, for in Nicholas’s life there are so many significant achievements. His establishment and running of ITMA are of course the most profound among these\, but there is also his personal research\, editing and publication\, and\, not least\, his ‘other life’ in television broadcasting\, something that was so logical and appropriate\, since it is transmission that is the very stuff of Traditional music. Indeed his programme made him a ‘star’ so to speak\, for if you are walking along the street with him the turned heads let you know where those people spent their Friday evenings. Even where this was not informed knowledge\, without doubt it marked a subliminal awareness of\, and validation for\, Come west Along the road. But Nicholas has also had much stopping in the street\, hand shaking\, praise … intrusion\, yes\, but by genuine\, passionate well wishers with whom he deals courteously. Exceptionally though\, on one occasion when by chance I went in for a drink with him to a hotel on Merrion Square\, where a Fianna Fáil fund-raising function happened to be in progress\, I wonder that Nicholas did not spontaneously combust when a senior politician who was introduced to him exclaimed: “Oh\, the céilí man\, the céilí-man!” Nicholas’s view of the genre under his care of course extends considerably beyond such a narrow perspective. It stems from a deep respect for endeavour and passion in Traditional music which has directed that he put on the record a huge spectrum of musicians from all social classes and all parts of the island\, from America\, England and Scotland. This has involved caring about personality\, contexts\, communities and rights\, and has demanded rigour\, fastidiousness\, tenacity and\, often\, sheer nerve. His ear has been always to the ground - seeking out\, establishing contact\, and opening up. Simultaneously\, his brief dictated that he put in place a staff and a premises to make otherwise-nebulous contacts solid and meaningful\, and\, in particular\, their artistic endeavour consultable. This demanded business acumen\, personnel and financial management\, strategic thinking\, library skills\, fund-raising -days and weeks of stressful form-filling\, lobbying and harrying where necessary. In that regard we must consider - and appreciate and value -  the immense support he enjoyed from his life partner and wife Maeve\, who we miss greatly on this occasion\, and for whom we are saddened that she could not see this day. It might appear at times that those of us who know Nicholas personally take all of these things for granted. This is at least partly on account of his generosity of spirit. For despite the fact that he was ‘never off the television’\,  he has not been pushy\, demanding or egotistical\, but is quite a ‘man of the people’ in his field\, generous with his knowledge and observation. This recalls for me another honour I was given in doing a similar appreciation for Tom Munnelly’s festschrift volume edited by Ann Clune in 2007. In that I addressed Tom’s reluctance to be regarded as an academic\, despite the fact that he worked for a university. True to form\, it was both laudatory and paradoxical that when he was eventually proposed for an Honourary Masters he held out for a Doctorate. This was not mean-spirited\, or even perverse\, but Munnelly saw his honour as a public affirmation of and accolade for the song and music he represented\, as well for the volume\, dedication and precision of his personal work. It is highly commendable and - in the spirit of Traditional music - appropriate\, that Nicholas would sing from more or less the same culturally-conditioned\, aesthetic\, egalitarian ballad-sheet as Tom Munnelly\, even if he comes from a different background. Both of them\, in the spirit of that other great ideologue of the music\, Breandán Breathnach\, shared belief in the primacy of the practice of the artform the history of which they serviced. The trajectories of these three associates run parallel and criss-cross at key points over the years of what was - and still is - ‘the revival’\, or re-appreciation of\, and making accessible\, the various dimensions of Traditional music culture. And like Tom Munnelly\, Nicholas Carolan has had an informed caution with regard to State institutions and their bureaucracies. For\, coming from ‘inside’ education\, Nicholas has been alert to not only its amazing facilitative potential\, but also to its inappropriatenesses in aspects of culture. But\, like Breathnach too\, Nicholas also has believed in\, and demonstrated how vital it is to have the State as an ally. As withTom Munnelly\, I knew nothing of Nicholas for the first twenty five years of my life in music. This was\, I think\, because he had been ‘moving in’ from another flank\, to use a military analogy. In my case I had progressed from self-taught player through competitions\, sessions\, professional playing into teaching\, compiling a tutor and\, then\, finding that I had raised nothing only questions\, to research and analysis which suggested that maybe all that I had previously thought of as ‘real’\, was diaphanous myth. My ‘certainty’ about Traditional music in Ireland was wonderful\, yes\, but under the scrutiny required for education it now appeared as a cobweb jewelled with dew in early-morning sunlight\, but quite invisible in the multi-directional light of day. Nicholas had a different prism; he was not distracted by the divil-ma-cared-ness of performance and impatience to learn tunes\, but focused on exploring the “what?” and “where?”\, the “what not” and the “from where”\, the “why?”\, the “who” and the “When?”. Yet I have subsequently heard him sing\, and he has enthusiastically attended  -  as they say in Armagh\, “everything bar the crib” - and he has been an enthusiastic fiddle-player for a decade or more. Maybe the archive impelled him? Like the metamorphic bicycle seat in Flann O’Brien’s Third Policeman\,  the music energy that saturates each floor\, room\, cabinet and drawer of this huge building passing by osmosis into his physical being? Maybe also it appeared only right that one in his position should understand the feel of music\, be able to practice what he preached? Not that ‘non-performance’ (if it be a deficiency at all)\, as Tom Munnelly would never miss the opportunity to remark\, has ever prevented a certain other ideologue from pontificating on what is best for Traditional music. But Nicholas’s  journey has been predominately one of identifying\, seeking out\, recording\, collecting\, protecting\, preserving and presenting the print\, acetate\, plastic and electronic artefacts which hold - and collectively are - the history\, personalities\, repertoire\, style and substance of the genre we call “Irish-Traditional” music. It is an amazing concept perhaps that the earliest hard documents we have on the historic style of Irish music are in the form of empty space - the narrow\, weaving\, longitudinal gap cut in concentric circles into a flat disc which on an LP is about half a kilometre long. Proinsias Ó Conluain\, from the same locality as myself in Co. Armagh\, brought this vividly to mind to me once by describing that\, when field-recording on acetate discs\, Radio Éireann’s machine physically gouged out and removed this groove as a continuous\, spiralling thread of acetate; at the end of the day there was a ball of it like a tumbleweed (rather like a rolled-up sound-wave perhaps\, a ticker tape of melody?); to it the technician would apply a match\, sending it up in a momentary whoosh of flame. Burning music\, perhaps\, but it was what was left behind\, the empty groove\, that was the cultural record - what was removed in order to create it was waste. I use that image and statistic as a metaphor for academic questing. Similar data shows that on a hard drive (which is\, for now\, a standard archiving medium)\, though there is no abrasive needle or ‘head’\, a digital recording’s microns pass under the reading pick-up at 232 KM per hour. That geekish statistic and analogy highlight the level of abstraction that recording is now at\, and how fragile. It underlines two questions that challenged Nicholas as a pioneering archivist in the span of his work at ITMA: since all media are perishable\, how long can a recording be kept for\, and\, since space is precious\, cultural values and public acclaim dictate what to preserve\, so how wide should the selection net be cast?  I read once about a hill-walking art critic in Spain spotting Pablo Picasso chalking out a draft of a stage backdrop on a huge flat rock. The tourist was horrified when it started to rain\, and speculated about trying to cover up the artwork with bushes and coats; Picasso just shook his head and walked away\, for for him the image was like a music performance. Nicholas’s task in the Archive has not been to preserve what the fashion or entertainment world may regard as financially valuable. His role has been to preserve the potential embodied in recordings and print as resources\, so that ‘it’ can be done again - and continue to be done. But his job has also been\, in a way\, to worry about ‘the rain’\, which could be material - fire\, flood\, an electrical hazard - or ephemeral -a financial crisis or political decision. In this he has had to embrace all levels of technology\, and today has digital storage which demands multiple layers of backup machinery and facilities\, an industry in itself. In addition to this sound and style resource\, the archive under Nicholas’s direction has assembled a formidable collection of texts. Each of them contributes to a vast potential in thinking\, imagining and reinterpretation: ideas\, histories\, lyrics\, notation\, contextual and promotion materials\, which collectively summon up an instant\, three-dimensional reconstruction of era\, place\, occasion\, energy and ethos. And what makes these printed pages most vital to the record of Irish music tradition is the fact that the reason they are there is on account of the music still being a performed\, artistic medium\, enthusiastically re-created and re-interpreted casually and often with little obvious sentiment or apparent awareness of aesthetic value let alone uniqueness. It could be argued that if the music is ‘lived in’ (as it is) then what need is there for retaining so much? In this regard\, one trembles at the memory of the Co. Meath Fianna Fáil councillor who in supporting a motorway being gouged through Tara said :“sure all it is is pots and pans …”. In this vein of thinking\, even the (then-new) Arts Council as a policy in 1957 decided not to support Traditional music because it was still being played. Yet by the 1980s it accepted that people do change tastes and ‘move on’\, so cultural ‘stuff’ could still come to be ‘left behind’\, and lost. Indeed\, already in the first 60 years of post WW2 revival we are all witness huge changes not only in Popular music preferences\, but in Traditional music tastes and practices too. The Archive is therefore there to protect us from our innate\, whimsical cultural self-destructiveness\, just as various societies preserve landscapes\, coasts\, towns\, streets\, buildings and interiors\, knowledge of the past\, languages\, artworks and literature. And\, too\, while the human species may be marked by having culture\, it is also noted for dumping things in response to economic imperatives and opportunities and perceived obsolescence\, while - paradoxically - valuing oldness\, and needing to know exactly where it all came from - having maps\, genealogies\, geographies and histories. The Traditional music archive therefore\, despite the shaky nature of civilisation at the present time\, is likely to persist\, bearing the time-line of Irish music tradition into the future. Nicholas Carolan has been not just its custodian\, but\, carrying the baton fashioned and passed on by Breandán Breathnach\, has moved leagues forward\, beaten off detractors\, faced down dismissal and cultural arrogance\, challenged mealy-mouthed compromise while simultaneously lobbying successfully for State backing. ‘Half-a-loaf’ has not been his motto\, nor has the concept of the sliced pan been to his liking either (despite its similarity to a concertina). He has aimed at - and held out for - the unprocessed\, unsweetened\, raw grain\, and under his scientific intellectual direction we have in this honeycomb box of brick\, plastic and steel nothing less than a holy grail of precious substance which is not only a confident past artistry\, but also acknowledges a multifaceted pedigree: borrowings and impositions\, rejections and reprogramming. Look at the most modern literature here and you see\, reflected back\, awareness of change as a process - the essence of ‘tradition’ - the opening of eyes that historical impositions\, collisions\, pragmatism and survival generate. In this context it is immensely gratifying that Nicholas\, like Tom Munnelly\, was awarded an honourary doctorate; in Nicholas’s case this was for a body of work which - effectively-  may well surpass the collective Traditional music research of all Irish universities over the last century. My own timeline intersects with Nicholas’s at the opening of this archive in the 1980s\, a period in which I - and many others - began to need information. I see in his work the same intensity\, dedication and\, often\, humour\, that many of us were so deeply affected by in Breandán Breathnach in whom\, for me\, from the first time I met him while I was but a teenager in the early 1960s\, could be seen an intense\, informed pride in Irish music\, a passion for its maintenance and deep respect for its past performers. It is in those now-gone\, stylistic performers that the Archive implies we invest Traditional music with ‘plain-people-ness” (so to speak) for\, as Hugh Shields once remarked\, this music is neither mere ancestral Pop\, or is it an arbitrarily- or politically-preserved ‘pastness’. It is a folk music which is infused with ethos and artistry of the pre 16th century harp music\, the highest evolved form of music expression in its time. That residue may only be expressed inconsistently today\, but it is there\, it is distinctive\, and something which alone demands looking after. The fact that today’s ‘plain people’ appear to care little for it (living\, as they do\, more easily with the simplistic\, ubiquitous or sentimental) only emphasises that social class as such has not been the issue in Traditional music\, but  interest in the music is what is important. Past generations may indeed have been poor\, and without property\, but their intellectual material had the same potential as it still has today: we have always had alert and creative minds in music composition\, and what this archive preserves\, as a comprehensive resource\, is the material record of the Irish people’s aesthetic sensibility\, functional creativity\, and cultural consistency. Nicholas Carolan’s parting gift  to us all is access to all of this\, through the thousands of kilometres of music vibrations on disc and tape\, the infinite cloud of digital reserves\, and forests-worth of words from the past and present. He has secreted this from the ruthlessly-ever-modernising world which would\, if left alone\, declare it obsolete\, have mislaid it\, or dumped it. We here today - and indeterminable generations to come as well - are enabled to use these resources as a lifeline via Nicholas’ legacy institution so that we might be able to feel Traditional music’s vibrations fresh forever in our ears and under our fingers. finis LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/celebration-of-the-work-of-nicholas-carolan-at-the-itma/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20151126 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20151213 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20151204T094224 LAST-MODIFIED:20151204T162542 UID:2019@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:JB Vallely art exhibition at the Sol Gallery, Dublin DESCRIPTION:Powerful new paintings of musicians at the Sol Gallery\, Dawson St.\, Dublin until Dec. 12th Brian Vallely art launch\, 26 Nov\, 2015 Launch address by Dr. Fintan Vallely\, Professor Adjunct University College Dublin\, School of Irish\, Celtic Studies\, Irish Folklore and Linguistics I am delighted to have been asked to launch this exhibition of the work of the Armagh painter JB (Brian) Vallely\, not least because my field is music\, what I know most about\, and    that is what his work is best known for addressing. At a first glance it is surely larg e scale art\, and I am reminded by that that I was taught drawing in school by JB’s earliest mentor\, his father John\, also a painter\, who showed us how to use the wrist and forearm in our nature-study copybooks\, not just the last two joints of the fingers. I only became aware of this years later in UCD when my Botany tutor was intrigued that I filled the whole page with plant images instead of the customary postage-stamp-size miniatures being done by my colleagues. This exhibition is indeed of bold painting: sweeping and dashing brush and palette strokes\, without parsimony as regards paint\, and assured in the finesse of its disposition. The work here follows on JB’s progress through the years - from compositional\, abstract and semi abstract forms\, to more figurative work which seizes the mood of the occasion from inside the head of the subjects. Only occasionally does the viewer seem to be drawn in\, most notably in his  Ó Riada theme “hosts of the air” where snapshots of music occasions were juxtaposed as if in the clouds; but that was the 1960s\, a time when Traditional music was mostly experienced on the wireless. This intense interest in and accordance of nobility and primacy to the act of performance has been followed though too in JB’s sports imagery - the road bowlers (‘bullet’ throwers) with their studied intensity\, who are observed in the act of galvanising themselves\, focusing\, compressing and synergising their mental and muscular resources for the spring that delivers the one chance at a perfect throw. The heroes here too- as in JB’s music\, are always capped\, masculine icons. This is as things were\, not of course as they have come to be\, for music in particular is well populated by women in modern time. But since it is a fact that this painter simply ‘does men better’\, so be it: his figures are representative of passion in an artform\, not prescriptive models for it. None of this fabulous expressiveness has the explicit\, accountable detail of photo-realism; it is musicians at work - music being made. It is no more about age than it is about gender\, but it is about intensity and process. More variety of strong colour is in evidence in his work today\, but this entered cautiously - via thin strands of often primary colours\, but massed and intertwined so that they eye mixes to a final impression as it does the strands in woven fabric. Today’s work has more courageous celebration and disposition of colours\, to the same effect: it is a tapestry at times indeed\, with Bayeux shadows recalled in some work of recent years\, such as the celebration of the 1600s Flight of the Earls; this was not so much political idealism as symbolism\, an Irishness / Gaelicness - representation of the moment at which the centuries-ongoing development of a culture was suddenly arrested by political climax. Indeed\, aggression as such appears little in Brian’s work: there have been some soldiers\, some coursing\, the latter vivid in its finale. But his themes hold a solidly introspective intensity that implies the body performing acts of careful consideration and subtlety\, underscoring that a performance is always valuable\, if not momentous\, since every performance is unique. The new work here has shadows of the rough-hewn muscularity of William Conor’s Mayo dancers and accordionists\, a regional subliminality perhaps that may trace to JB’s mother being from Ballyhaunis. But the ruralness suggested by his work does generally imply its subjects being “of the soil”\, an earthiness and standard by which few or any of our associates do actually live today - or can be let live by society. In that sense the work is heedlessly but confidently idealistic. Overall\, what comes through in the work is quite the antithesis of what late 1900s novelists have vividly observed and described in modern society - ennui\, boredom\, what the Egyptian writer Naguib Mafouz highlights as “irrelevance” in post-revolutionary societies which leads to loss of sight of one’s personal value\, and self esteem. None of that is here\, no hopelessness. The participants  in this work of JB Vallely are classic ‘sophisticated amateurs’\, what might be regarded as “inverted professionals” - a concept which is has been established via the cultural re-enfranchisement of Irish Traditional music which was made possible by the post-1951 revival\, a statement which in the mouths of JB’s subjects might take the form of:   “our music is valuable … what we do is of worth … culturally important … we are artistes …” The work also displays definitions: in particular the uniqueness of that we call  ’the session’\, which is not at all the long-standing tradition it is often assumed to be\, but a modern-time response first to emigration\, then latterly in Ireland to the weighty implications and impelling force of ‘revival’. You see in these figures care only about WHAT they do - the blanked faces\, averted gaze\, the inward-facing circle\, activities engaged in primarily if not totally for the performers/players themselves; they are ‘minds at work’ in music-making\, gender is not an issue\, they are in a dimension outside of everyday representative reality. This can be seen too over the years in JB’s runners and cyclists too as well as the bowlers: all have an over-riding sense of noble purpose:  the drive of physical exertion\, the ‘high’ of personal achievement\, the consequent\, debilitating physicality of it all lifted by collaborative activity - in the team of runners in a field of teams\,  the lone cyclist in the pack\, each of whom and all of them a link in a linear pulse of spatial progress. Runners\, cyclists\, musicians\, singers\, dancers - these are what the artist depicts so well. Not the officials\, rule-makers\, commentators\, not even the observers\, the sports’ consumers. He shows us those who make the sport\, the art and and action: structured contexts\, depicted movement\, suggested sounds\, impulses and motion in which the observer has the freedom to invest themselves. In that sense the art work reaches the peak of visual art’s democratic potential. The fundamental representation theme is also a vital achievement because today we live in an age where artistic and sporting activity can be dwarfed by a preponderance of backroom directive\, controlling\, often financially self-serving\, debilitating structures generated outside of the actual activity\, against which participants and the artists alike have to battle for survival . These paintings are like lyric fiction\, poetry\, scientific exploration and historical unravelling. In and though them we see life freshly\, we selectively re-invest our selves. And in response to the painter’s skill the canvasses’ messages and mediation can change with the light and with the times\, expand\, and will live on. Samples of work in the exhibition LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/launch-of-jb-vallely-art-exhibition-sol-gallery-dublin/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20151122 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20151123 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20151120T175825 LAST-MODIFIED:20151204T101447 UID:2013@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Glór na hAoise album launch at Taibhdhearc Theatre, Galway DESCRIPTION:Singing 'The Rossport Song' / 'Ó\, Ró\, Shell “Gabh chun sáile!!'\,  and playing the air and slip-jig 'Per I Morti di Reggio Emilia'\, at the Glór na hAoise concert of "Songs of Solidarity and Resistance" a.k.a the 'Songs for Rossport' project\, at which will be launched an album of songs and poetry which come out of the political resistance to the intransigence and arrogance of Shell in West Mayo over the last fifteen years. The song was written by Fintan originally in 2008\, but only completed and sung for the Sunflower Folk Club\, Belfast\, October 2015. The air 'Per I Morti di Reggio Emilia' (‘For the Martyrs of Reggio Emilia’) is the air of a model anti-fascist song by Turin architect Fausto Amodei\, one of the Cantacronache radical song collective\, who became the first ‘singing congressman’ when he was elected to the Italian parliament in 1968. The song remains a profound socialist anthem in Italy\, as its lyrics celebrate five anti-facist trade unionists murdered in Reggio Emilia in July\, 1960. It was picked up by Fintan when he chanced on the huge annual commemoration there in 1973. The slip-jig which follows was developed from the air by Fintan in the 1980s. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/glor-na-haoise-album-launch-at-taibhdhearc-theatre-galway/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20151112T130000 DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20151112T140000 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20151104T135035 LAST-MODIFIED:20151204T102303 UID:2008@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Arts in Action, NUIG, with Maggie Maguire & Eamonn Curran DESCRIPTION:Lunchtime performance with Maggie Maguire (Derrygonnelly\, Co. Fermanagh\, fiddle)\, Eamonn Curran (Monaghan\, pipes)\, music set in the context of border and revival. Solos\, ensemble and commentary. Éamonn Curran began playing whistle at the age of eight\, taught by his father\, Ned\, a flute- and fiddle-player from Co. Fermanagh who had a deep knowledge of Traditional music\, its society and contexts. Éamonn first heard pipes played by Brian Vallely who had started the Armagh Pipers’ Club in the 1960s\, and\, smitten by them\, he took them up and became the APC’s first uilleann pipe pupil. His playing developed at sessions with the APC\, as well as with his father in Fermanagh - hearing such as flute player Cathal Mc Connell\, fiddler Mick Hoy\,Tommy Bheiti Maguire and  visiting musicians like Leitrim flute-player Packie Duignan. Donegal fiddler Tommy Peoples was a regular visitor to the family home\, and at the regular session in Monaghan town Eamonn also heard musicians from neighbouring counties - such as fiddle-players Brendan Mc Glinchey (Armagh)  and John Loughran (Tyrone) as well as local musicians from Scotstown\, Emyvale and Tyholland. Eamonn’s piping at this time was influenced by Willie Clancy who he heard often at APC concerts\, and his reed-making skills were learned from Sean Seery at the early Na Píobairí Uilleann tionól at Bettystown\, Co. Meath. In 1976 while working at building in London he played in the Irish pubs such as The White Hart (Fulham)\, The Mother Redcap\, The Black Lion and The Holloway\, went on to  play professionally\, touring and recording in Europe\, Britain the United States and Canada with such as The Reel Union and Dolores Keane. Eamonn plays much of his father’s music and currently he both teaches pipes with Armagh Pipers Club and makes uilleann pipes\, many of which instruments are played by the APC musicians. Maggie Maguire is a fiddle player and teacher from Derrygonnelly\, Co. Fermanagh. From a stylistically-reputed family of musicians\, she achieved various All-Ireland awards\, and has appeared on television and radio programmes including TG4’s Geantraí and BBC’s Blas Ceoil. She studied music to degree and Masters Level at the University of Ulster\, Derry City (UU). Leader of the 2014 All-Ireland-winning Knockmore Céilí Band\, she has broadcast with them in thet 2015 TG4 series Stáir na mBannaí. She has been involved also in festivals and other events including UU’s Trad on Campus (2009-2011)\,  North Atlantic Fiddle Convention (NAFCo - Derry/Donegal 2012)\, The International Council for Traditional Music (Derry 2011)\,  and Celtic Colours (Cape Breton\, Canada\, 2010 & 2015). She has performed with artistes including Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin\, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra\, The Chieftains\, and Liz Doherty and Fiddlesticks. She has played in Ireland and abroad with CCÉ’s Tour across Ireland\, in Britain and America\, and at festivals including including Ar Áis Arís (Co. Donegal)\, Tonder (Denmark)\, Dolans' (Co. Limerick)\, Celtic Colours (Canada) and Celtic Connections (Scotland). She is presently Riarathóir with responsibility for music development at CCÉ’s Dún Uladh at Omagh\, Co. Tyrone. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/arts-in-action-nuig-with-maggie-maguire-eamonn-curran/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20150920T000000 DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20150920T230000 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20150811T131755 LAST-MODIFIED:20151204T105855 UID:1994@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Clifden Arts Week, Co. Galway: Wind and Wire DESCRIPTION:A concert of music\, song and crack with an Ulster slant from two provincial exiles\, Fintan Vallely (flute\, vocal) and Dermot McLaughlin (fiddle). They played together often in the 1980s (last seen in Verona in 1996) and team up anew now with interim lives bursting with writing and promotion now safely behind them. Solo and ensemble\, with old and new tunes\, satire and commentary\, they perform Ireland past and present on the eve of the centenary of the road to the Border that unites all islanders in flag-waving. Dermot is a native of Derry city\, a renowned exponent of the Donegal fiddle who learned from masters such as Con Cassidy\, James Byrne\, Francie Mooney\, Dinny McLaughlin\, Vincent Campbell and Francie Dearg O Beirne\, and who spent many years promoting the native strains with the Arts Council and other bodies. Fintan is from Co. Armagh\, a flute player who has committed people\, histories and events to print in many newspaper articles and in books such as Companion to Irish Traditional Music\, as well as playing away his youth with such magnificent musicians as John Loughran and the Comacs of Tyrone\, and Peter Horan and Gregory Daly further west. He and Dermot have been around the world with their music\, and this concert settles them in an wonderful amalgam of regional and personal styles and slants that draws on more than a century of combined experiences among and away from the divilmacare pre-revivalists of the Traditional music revival.  See programme for details. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/clifden-arts-week-co-galway/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20150813T080000 DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20150813T170000 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20150807T201619 LAST-MODIFIED:20151204T110242 UID:1990@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:FLUTE ROUTES TO 2015 - A history of the flute in Ireland DESCRIPTION:Lecture at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann\, Sligo town. Methodist Church\, 2pm\, Thursday 13th August. A pictorial examination the history of the flute in Ireland\, its introduction by the military\, its adoption by Irish political movements and its distinctive colour in Traditional music today. Part of doctoral research which is to be published in 2016\, this multi-media lecture looks at recreational and [photo by Jacques Nutan]                                                        political performance on different forms of flutes over three centuries\, seeing interrelationships among taste\, playing skills\, repertories\, levels of enthusiasm\, identity\, historical era and geographical locality. The flute has been a key part of both Irish nationalism and Ulster loyalism\, and today we see a major cultural transfer of skills from the political flute to the concert one\, a revolution in traditional-music revival. Fuller details of the context of this talk are on the web document. The overall event information\, venue and other details are on the web also. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/flute-routes-to-2015-a-history-of-the-flute-in-ireland/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20150701T193000 DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20150701T203000 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20150607T133013 LAST-MODIFIED:20151204T114414 UID:1986@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:USIT International summer school Traditional-Music concert DESCRIPTION: A performance of Compánach\, music selected from the writings of the encyclopedia Companion to Irish Traditional Music. GMB\, Trinity College\, Dublin\, 7.30pm July 1st\, 2014 with Fintan Vallely (flute\, narrative); Gerry O’Connor (fiddle); Tiarnán Ó Dinnchín (uilleann pipes); Helen Diamond (song); Anna Lethert (sean-nós dance) This is a private concert\, but attendance from outside the summer-school group can be arranged by request LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/usit-international-summer-school-traditional-music-concert/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20150610T193000 DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20150610T203000 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20150607T132718 LAST-MODIFIED:20151204T115150 UID:1983@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Carlow College MFA Summer School concert at Trinity College, Dublin DESCRIPTION: A performance of Compánach\, music selected from the writings of the encyclopedia Companion to Irish Traditional Music. GMB\, Trinity College\, Dublin\, June 10th\, 2014\, 7.30pm sharp with Fintan Vallely (flute\, narrative); Gerry O’Connor (fiddle); Jimmy O’Brien-Moran (uilleann pipes); Helen Diamond (song\, fiddle); Sibéal Davitt (sean-nós dance\, flute) This is a private concert\, but attendance from outside the summer-school group is welcomed and can be arranged by request. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/carlow-college-mfa-summer-school-concert-at-trinity-college-dublin/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20150613T200000 DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20150613T210000 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20150607T131824 LAST-MODIFIED:20151204T114725 UID:1979@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Music at Brussels Tradfest DESCRIPTION:Flute and fiddle with Gerry O'Connor\, new old tunes from the repertoire of South Ulster. 8pm-9pm LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/music-at-brussels-tradfest/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20150613T190000 DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20150613T194500 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20150607T131336 LAST-MODIFIED:20151204T114848 UID:1976@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Talk at Brussels Tradfest DESCRIPTION:From a Jack to a King - the glorious rise in status of Traditional music in Ireland Using spoken words\, images and performed music\, Fintan Vallely will illustrate the rise of the status of Irish Traditional music from an abandoned artform in the 1950s to being a supreme representative National icon by the 2000s. He looks at media\, post-war Pop and Rock parallels\, the ballads boom\, the influence of Seán Ó Riada\, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann and the fleadh cheoil\, teaching and learning\, the summer schools\, recording\, the music’s entry to higher education and professionalism. A in the Irish Embassy\, Brussels as part of the inaugural Tradfest there\, 7pm LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/talk-at-brussels-tradfest/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20151014T200000 DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20151014T220000 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20150421T161111 LAST-MODIFIED:20151204T103701 UID:1958@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Celtic Colours with Gino Lipari DESCRIPTION: LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/celtic-colours-with-gino-lipari/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20151013T080000 DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20151013T170000 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20150421T160941 LAST-MODIFIED:20151204T103802 UID:1956@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Celtic Colours, Cape Breton with Liz Doherty & Gino Lipari DESCRIPTION: LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/celtic-colours-cape-breton-with-liz-doherty-gino-lipari/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20151015T150000 DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20151015T170000 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20150421T160520 LAST-MODIFIED:20151204T103542 UID:1953@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:The mighty bodhrán - Cinderella of Irish music instruments, with Gino Lipari at Celtic Colours DESCRIPTION:The mighty bodhrán - Cinderella of Irish music instruments Fintan talks on the humble history of the famous Irish frame drum\, Gino Lipari  shows its amazing potential\, and both talk on their choice of instruments and lives in music\, bringing it all together with flute and bodhrán duets and solos on Irish\, Cape Breton and Scottish tunes. Afternoon library presentation LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/the-mighty-bodhran-cinderella-of-irish-music-instruments-with-gino-lipari-at-celtic-colours/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20151112 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20151113 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20150330T113714 LAST-MODIFIED:20151204T103514 UID:1916@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Compánach at William Kennedy festival, Armagh DESCRIPTION:A fast-moving\, audio-visual recital of Traditional Irish music\, song and dance by Gerry O'Connor\, Roisín Chambers\, Fintan Vallely\, Sibéal Davitt and Tiarnán Ó  Duinnchín who perform in front of a changing\, narrative backdrop of large-screen photographs by Jacques Nutan. The 90-minute show expresses the artistic depth\, finesse\, contexts and variety of the music as described in the new encyclopedia Companion to Irish Traditional Music. Based on the format of the book\, the concert covers all Irish counties and regions\, demonstrating hallmark styles and repertoire. For students of the music and of Irish culture this is a wonderful melodic display of information; for aficionados it is an exceptionally vibrant presentation of solo and group playing\, sean-nós step-dance and singing. See also William Kennedy Piping Festival. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/companach-at-william-kennedy-festival-armagh/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20151010T200000 DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20151010T230000 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20150330T112813 LAST-MODIFIED:20151204T105326 UID:1909@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Compánach at Duncairn Arts Centre, Belfast DESCRIPTION:A fast-moving\, audio-visual recital of Traditional Irish music\, song and dance by Gerry O'Connor\, Roisín Chambers\, Fintan Vallely\, Sibéal Davitt and Tiarnán Ó  Duinnchín who perform in front of a changing\, narrative backdrop of large-screen photographs by Jacques Nutan. The 90-minute show expresses the artistic depth\, finesse\, contexts and variety of the music as described in the new encyclopedia Companion to Irish Traditional Music. Based on the format of the book\, the concert covers all Irish counties and regions\, demonstrating hallmark styles and repertoire. For students of the music and of Irish culture this is a wonderful melodic display of information; for aficionados it is an exceptionally vibrant presentation of solo and group playing\, sean-nós step-dance and singing. Further details on Duncairn website.  LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/companach-at-duncairn-arts-centre-belfast/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20151003T203000 DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20151003T220000 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20150330T111721 LAST-MODIFIED:20151204T105446 UID:1905@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Compánach at Séamus Ennis Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin DESCRIPTION:A fast-moving\, audio-visual recital of Traditional Irish music\, song and dance by Gerry O'Connor\, Roisín Chambers\, Fintan Vallely\, Sibéal Davitt and Tiarnán Ó  Duinnchín who perform in front of a changing\, narrative backdrop of large-screen photographs by Jacques Nutan. The 90-minute show expresses the artistic depth\, finesse\, contexts and variety of the music as described in the new encyclopedia Companion to Irish Traditional Music. Based on the format of the book\, the concert covers all Irish counties and regions\, demonstrating hallmark styles and repertoire. For students of the music and of Irish culture this is a wonderful melodic display of information; for aficionados it is an exceptionally vibrant presentation of solo and group playing\, sean-nós step-dance and singing. Link to Seamus Ennis Centre LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/companach-at-seamus-ennis-centre-naul-co-dublin/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20150330 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20150331 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20150330T111217 LAST-MODIFIED:20150330T111242 UID:1902@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Teaching flute at Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy DESCRIPTION:Teaching flute in daily workshops at the Willie Clancy week\, Monday 10am - Saturday 12 noon. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/teaching-flute-at-scoil-samhraidh-willie-clancy/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20150707T200000 DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20150707T203000 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20150330T110948 LAST-MODIFIED:20151204T111115 UID:1900@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Flute recital at Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy, Clare DESCRIPTION:[Photo Nick Lethert] Playing in flute recital at the Willie Clancy Summer School; concert starts 7pm. Also teaching flute here for the week. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/flute-recital-at-scoil-samhraidh-willie-clancy-clare/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20150524 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20150525 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20150330T110534 LAST-MODIFIED:20150408T190457 UID:1897@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Dermot Healy event at Dublin Writers Festival DESCRIPTION:Playing a piece from music performed with Dermot Healy for 'The Ballyconnell clolours' from 1988 - 2010. Item in a dedicated commemorative night of poetry\, music and readings celebrating the poet's work and life. Full details on festival website. From this year the festival is also known as International Literature Festival Dublin\, running from 16-24 May 2015. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/dermot-healy-event-at-dublin-writers-festival/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20150424T170000 DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20150424T190000 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20150330T105919 LAST-MODIFIED:20150408T190707 UID:1894@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Dermot Healy event at Cúirt Literature Festival, Galway DESCRIPTION:Playing a piece from music performed with Dermot Healy for 'The Ballyconnell clolours' from 1988 - 2010. Item in a dedicated commemorative night of poetry\, music and readings celebrating the poet's work and life. Full details on Cúirt website. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/dermot-healy-event-at-cuirt-literature-festival-galway/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20150320T200000 DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20150320T220000 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20150226T082212 LAST-MODIFIED:20150226T173541 UID:1883@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Compánach audio-visual concert at Áras Chrónáin, Clondalkin, Co. Dublin DESCRIPTION:A fast-moving\, audio-visual recital of Traditional Irish music\, song and dance by Gerry O'Connor\, Roisín Chambers\, Fintan Vallely\, Sibéal Davitt and Tiarnán Ó  Duinnchín who perform in front of a changing\, narrative backdrop of large-screen photographs by Jacques Nutan. The 90-minute show expresses the artistic depth\, finesse and variety of the music as described in the remarkable encyclopedia Companion to Irish Traditional Music. Based on the format of the book\, the concert covers all Irish counties and regions\, demonstrating hallmark styles and repertoire. For students of the music and of Irish culture this is a wonderful melodic display of information; for aficionados it is an exceptionally vibrant presentation of solo and group playing\, sean-nós step-dance and singing. Starts 8pm Gig details Download Compánach brochure (Irish and English) Further details LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/companach-audio-visual-concert-at-aras-chronain-clondalkin-co-dublin/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20150313T200000 DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20150313T230000 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20150125T002801 LAST-MODIFIED:20150226T173700 UID:1867@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Performance at Musical Traditions Folk Club, The King and Queen, London DESCRIPTION:St. Patrick's Day celebration night with Fintan And Sheena Vallely with John Say: flutes\, fiddle and bodhran with songs LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/performance-at-musical-traditions-folk-club-the-king-and-queen-london/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20150314T200000 DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20150314T230000 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20150125T001812 LAST-MODIFIED:20150226T083437 UID:1866@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:March Performance by The Brattle DESCRIPTION:A classic trio of the flutes and whistles of brother and sister Fintan and Sheena Vallely and bodhran and washboard of Londoner John Say. Their music is an enervating selection of Irish Traditional dance and harp tunes which come from their diverse experience and travel\, session\, concert\, céilí dance and Folk festival performance. In the 1980s they played together as The Brattle\, and now are back together for February and March prior to recording their material. Sheena is well known on the London and Bristol scenes\, and ahs played tours in Germany - with Berlin band Midnight Court\, with Sinéad Hayes and Tobi Kurig\, and with Robbie Boyle and band in Berlin; she is on several albums which range from the strict Traditional to the avant-garde. John Say has played in many London-based bands including The Screaming Abdabs and house bands at The Shillelagh and other venues in Stoke Newington\, London. Starts 8pm LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/march-performance-by-the-brattle-fintan-sheena-vallely-john-say/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20150214 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20150215 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20150125T001605 LAST-MODIFIED:20150125T001605 UID:1863@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Feb. Performance by The Brattle, Fintan & Sheena Vallely & John Say DESCRIPTION:The Brattle A classic trio of the flutes and whistles of brother and sister Fintan and Sheena Vallely and bodhran and washboard of Londoner John Say. Their music is an enervating selection of Irish Traditional dance and harp tunes which come from their diverse experience and travel\, session\, concert\, céilí dance and Folk festival performance. In the 1980s they played together as The Brattle\, and now are back together for February and March prior to recording their material. Sheena is well known on the London and Bristol scenes\, and ahs played tours in Germany - with Berlin band Midnight Court\, with Sinéad Hayes and Tobi Kurig\, and with Robbie Boyle and band in Berlin; she is on several albums which range from the strict Traditional to the avant-garde. John Say has played in many London-based bands including The Screaming Abdabs and house bands at The Shillelagh and other venues in Stoke Newington\, London. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/feb-performance-by-the-brattle-fintan-sheena-vallely-john-say/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20150321T210000 DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20150321T230000 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20150124T235905 LAST-MODIFIED:20150226T173520 UID:1858@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Compánach audio-visual concert at Dún Laoghaire festival DESCRIPTION:A fast-moving\, audio-visual recital of Traditional Irish music\, song and dance by Gerry O'Connor\, Roisín Chambers\, Fintan Vallely\, Sibéal Davitt and Tiarnán Ó  Duinnchín who perform in front of a changing\, narrative backdrop of large-screen photographs by Jacques Nutan. The 90-minute show expresses the artistic depth\, finesse and variety of the music as described in the new encyclopedia Companion to Irish Traditional Music. Based on the format of the book\, the concert covers all Irish counties and regions\, demonstrating hallmark styles and repertoire. For students of the music and of Irish culture this is a wonderful melodic display of information; for aficionados it is an exceptionally vibrant presentation of solo and group playing\, sean-nós step-dance and singing. Starts 9pm Booking on 01 231 2929 Download festival programme for Dún Laoghaire From the Mountains to the Sea festival concert details. Download Compánach brochure (Irish and English) Further details LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/companach-audio-visual-concert-at-dun-laoghaire-clondalkin/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20141115 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20141116 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20141113T114404 LAST-MODIFIED:20141113T114404 UID:1804@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Whistle workshop, at the Crescent, Belfast DESCRIPTION:Fintan Vallely will be giving a Whistle workshop with Belfast Trad at the Crescent Centre\, Nov. 15th. Contact Fearghal Mulligan on fearghalmulligan@hotmail.com.  1pm - 5pm. Flute/whistle tutor books will be available. 2-4 University Rd\, Belfast (BT7 1NH) 028 9024 2338 LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/whistle-workshop-at-the-crescent-belfast/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20141113 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20141114 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20141113T113600 LAST-MODIFIED:20141113T114602 UID:1801@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Song performance at Sunflower Folk Club DESCRIPTION:Sunflower folk club guest performance\, 65 Union Street\, Belfast (BT1 2JG). Starts 9pm. Thursday 13th November. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/song-performance-at-sunflower-folk-club/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20140916T150000 DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20140916T170000 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20140806T150907 LAST-MODIFIED:20140826T222529 UID:1786@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Music instrument or household utensil? De-pixellating the fallacies and romance of the story of the mighty bodhrán DESCRIPTION:The popular belief is that the bodhrán drum is the oldest instrument on the planet\, stone-age technology that has survived into the age of digital dissemination. Fintan Vallely challenges the simplicity of the view with data collected in the National Museum at Castlebar\, the Dept of Irish Folklore\, from modern Irish literature and from recalled 1960s – ‘70s conversations. He reassigns the available data to suggests that today’s ‘bodhrán’ is the popular-music\, Black and White Minstrels’ tambourine upon which has been forced the form\, identity and history of a ubiquitous\, pre-Famine utensil. He concludes that the bodhrán in fact is our newest instrument\, and should be celebrated for that alone: a unique adaptation that has in less than a half century won a sense of ubiquitousness that it took the harp a millennium to achieve. 3pm - 5 pm\, all welcome. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/music-instrument-or-household-utensil-the-mythology-of-the-mighty-bodhran/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20140531T190000 DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20140531T210000 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20140515T103712 LAST-MODIFIED:20140515T230437 UID:1735@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:China meets Ireland at St. Patrick's, Dublin DESCRIPTION: China Meets Ireland is an inter-cultural programme presenting two eras of Chinese and Irish music featuring traditional Chinese music from a thousand year tradition and new music from China written in the past 10 years. Ireland’s heritage of traditional music is presented with airs and dance tunes on fiddle and concert flute\, Irish Harp and Guitar. New Irish music is represented by John Buckley’s I Am Wind On Sea for solo voice\, and a selection from A GIRL by Seoirse Bodley with poetry by Brendan Kennelly. A new work by the renowned Chinese composer Zhao Xi using similar ancient Chinese and old Irish poetry\, voice\, piano and Gu Zheng will be premiered. Zhao Xi\, Composer and Piano Li Da Xin and Aylish Kerrigan\, Singers Gu Ling-Ying and Dearbhla Collins\, Piano Zhou Ke Qi\, Bamboo Flute and Qun Liu Le\, Gu Zheng; Fintan Vallely\, Flute Wan Ji\, Er Hu; Gerry O’ Connor\, Fiddle Anne-Marie O’Farrell\, Irish Harp John Feeley\, Guitar Thursday\, 29 May\, 1.15 pm St. Ann´s Church\, Dublin Saturday\, 31 May\, 7.00 pm St. Patrick´s Cathedral\, Dublin Full details on times and tickets at  www.cny.ie   LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/china-music-exchange-at-st-patricks-dublin/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20140529T131500 DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20140529T140000 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20140515T103245 LAST-MODIFIED:20140515T230533 UID:1732@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:China meets Ireland in Dublin at St. Ann's DESCRIPTION: China Meets Ireland is an inter-cultural programme presenting two eras of Chinese and Irish music featuring traditional Chinese music from a thousand year tradition and new music from China written in the past 10 years. Ireland’s heritage of traditional music is presented with airs and dance tunes on fiddle and concert flute\, Irish Harp and Guitar. New Irish music is represented by John Buckley’s I Am Wind On Sea for solo voice\, and a selection from A GIRL by Seoirse Bodley with poetry by Brendan Kennelly. A new work by the renowned Chinese composer Zhao Xi using similar ancient Chinese and old Irish poetry\, voice\, piano and Gu Zheng will be premiered. Zhao Xi\, Composer and Piano Li Da Xin and Aylish Kerrigan\, Singers Gu Ling-Ying and Dearbhla Collins\, Piano Zhou Ke Qi\, Bamboo Flute and Qun Liu Le\, Gu Zheng; Fintan Vallely\, Flute Wan Ji\, Er Hu; Gerry O’ Connor\, Fiddle Anne-Marie O’Farrell\, Irish Harp John Feeley\, Guitar Thursday\, 29 May\, 1.15 pm St. Ann´s Church\, Dublin Saturday\, 31 May\, 7.00 pm St. Patrick´s Cathedral\, Dublin Full details on times and tickets at  www.cny.ie   LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/china-music-exchange-in-dublin-at-st-anns/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20140504 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20140505 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20140515T102726 LAST-MODIFIED:20140515T102726 UID:1729@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Compánach at Drogheda Arts Festival DESCRIPTION:Performance with Gerry O'Connor at the Millmount Traditional Day. Workshop (2.30)  and concert appearance (4.30). LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/companach-at-drogheda-arts-festival/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20140405 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20140406 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20140401T010510 LAST-MODIFIED:20140401T010707 UID:1711@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Formal opening of Armagh Pipers' Club new building DESCRIPTION:Speaking at the formal opening of the new premises of  Armagh Pipers' Club\, Scotch Street\, Armagh. LAUNCH OF ÁRAS NA BPÍOBAIRÍ – SATURDAY 5th APRIL ‘OPEN DAY’ AT ÁRAS NA BPÍOBAIRÍ The official launching of Áras na bPíobairí will take place during the open day beginning 11.00 am and continuing to 5.00pm on Saturday April 5th. Club members and others will play at different times during the day from 11.00am onwards and volunteers will provide teas\, staff the shop and to meet the general public and explain the work of the club. PROGRAMME FRIDAY 4th April – FONN FRIDAY Singing session 8.00pm at Áras na bPíobairí – Session afterwards in De Averell House from 10.00pm-12.00pm. SATURDAY 5th April – OPEN DAY at Áras na bPíobairí from 11.00am – 5.00pm SATURDAY 5th April – OFFICIAL LAUNCH 3.00pm MONDAY 7th APRIL – FAMILY SESSION - 7.00pm Beginner Singers & Junior classes – 8.00pm Tea break – 8.30pm Intermediate\, Senior & Adult classes LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/formal-opening-of-armagh-pipers-club-new-building/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20140410 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20140411 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20140401T005058 LAST-MODIFIED:20140401T005315 UID:1708@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Playing at Sunflower Folk Club, Belfast DESCRIPTION:Music and song at the Sunflower. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/playing-at-sunflower-folk-club-belfast/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20140918T200000 DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20140918T220000 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20131231T124136 LAST-MODIFIED:20140826T222650 UID:1657@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Compánach - music/photographic presentation on the music of Ireland DESCRIPTION:An music performance event developed around the book\, ebook and website Companion to Irish Traditional Music. A work in progress\, this had an inaugural performance to enthusiastic response at the Centre Culturel Irlandais\, Paris\, and at The Leuven Institute for Ireland\, Leuven\, Belgium in December\, 2013. The event takes the form of a live music and song concert performance which is integrated with visual imagery. It offers a regional and historical view of Irish Traditional music through live performance\,  played against background imagery which uses the fabulous photography of Nutan Jacques Piraprez; a structured musical and graphic interpretation in an historical framework. Fintan Vallely (flute and narrative) with Gerry O’Connor (fiddle)\,  Tiarnán Ó Duinncín (uilleann pipes); and Máire Ní Choilm (song in Irish and English). The concert opens this year's Ranelagh Arts Centre's Festival\, at Scoil Bhríde\, Oakley Road\, 8pm on Thursday\, September 18th\, 2014. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/companach-a-concert-of-the-music-of-ireland-from-the-pages-of-the-companion/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20140403T193000 DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20140403T203000 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20131231T123425 LAST-MODIFIED:20140402T162421 UID:1654@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Illustrated talk on the compilation of the first encyclopedia of Irish Traditional Music DESCRIPTION:"Assembling the Companion to Irish Traditional Music. The issues\, politics\, challenges and practicalities of compiling the first encyclopedia of Traditional music in Ireland".  An illustrated talk with music and images. At Newry City Library\, 3rd  April 2014 \, 7.30pm LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/illustrated-talk-on-the-compilation-of-the-first-encyclopedia-of-irish-traditional-music/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20140416T193000 DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20140416T203000 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20131231T010247 LAST-MODIFIED:20131231T123714 UID:1646@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Illustrated talk on the Flute in Ireland, Castlewellan, Co. Down DESCRIPTION: “Marching to Dancing\, Military to Recreation: A talk and Performance which tells the Story of the Flute in the Music of Ireland". Hosted by Castlewellan Futures group at  Hillyard House\, Castlewellan. Wednesday evening\, 16th April at 7.30pm LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/illustrated-talk-on-the-flute-in-ireland/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20131218 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20131219 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20131230T202458 LAST-MODIFIED:20131230T202458 UID:1640@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Compánach concert presentation at the Leuven Institute, Belgium DESCRIPTION:Compánach concert presentation in the old Irish College. 8pm. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/companach-concert-presentation-at-the-leuven-institute-belgium/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20131222 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20131223 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20131230T202058 LAST-MODIFIED:20131230T202058 UID:1637@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Gathering concert in Dundalk DESCRIPTION:Christmas-New Year gathering-in concert in the Spirit Store\, Dundalk. Organised by Gerry O'Connor. 8.30 PM. With local and other artistes\, and a reading by novelist Evelyn Conlon. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/gathering-concert-in-dundalk/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20131218 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20131219 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20131014T221522 LAST-MODIFIED:20131210T042725 UID:1564@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Compánach concert at Irish College, Leuven, Belgium DESCRIPTION:Compánach - a high-information\, music performance event developed around the book\, ebook and website Companion to Irish Traditional Music\, at The Leuven Institute for Ireland\, Leuven\, Belgium. A live music and song concert performance which is integrated with visual imagery. It offers a history of Irish Traditional music through live performance\, supporting sounds and background imagery - a structured interpretation in an historical framework. Fintan Vallely with Gerry O’Connor\,  fiddle\,  Tiarnán Ó Duinncín uilleann pipes; and Máire Ní Choilm\, song in Irish and English. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/companach-concert-at-irish-college-leuven-belgium/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20131217 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20131218 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20131014T221329 LAST-MODIFIED:20131016T105000 UID:1561@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Compánach concert at Centre Culturel, Paris DESCRIPTION:Compánach - a high-information\, music performance event developed around the book\, ebook and website Companion to Irish Traditional Music\, at Centre Culturel Irlandais\, Paris A live music and song concert performance which is integrated with visual imagery. It offers a history of Irish Traditional music through live performance\, supporting sounds and background imagery - a structured interpretation in an historical framework. Fintan Vallely with Gerry O’Connor\,  fiddle\,  Tiarnán Ó Duinncín uilleann pipes; and Máire Ní Choilm\, song in Irish and English. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/companach-concert-at-centre-culturel-paris/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20131023 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20131024 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20131014T135822 LAST-MODIFIED:20131014T135829 UID:1555@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Discussion in Rathmines Library - A Sense of Place DESCRIPTION:'A Sense of Place’\, Literary Evening at Rathmines Library\, Lr. Rathmines Rd.\, Dublin 6 Forum with other local authors discussing the locality and how it may have influenced their writing\, chaired by Niall MacMonagle. With: - Evelyn Conlon\, Macdara Woods\, Siobhán Parkinson and Fintan Vallely on Wednesday 23rd October\, 6.30pm LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/discussion-in-rathmines-library-a-sense-of-place/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20130917T180000 DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20130917T193000 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20130902T034501 LAST-MODIFIED:20131002T142046 UID:1544@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Melbourne Irish Studies, Newman College, Melbourne University DESCRIPTION:Passion\, canon and change in the compilation of the encyclopedia of Irish Traditional Music. 6pm-7.30pm Fintan Vallely discusses the challenges to music and musicians which were raised during and by the assembly of the Companion to Irish Traditional Music.  Purchasing the book Regrettably\, all copies brought to Australia on this visit have been sold\, but copies are available post free from The Book Depository. The book is also available on Kindle and ibooks digital editions at c. half the hard-back price. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/melbourne-irish-studies-newman-college-melbourne-university/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20130928 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20130929 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20130901T045946 LAST-MODIFIED:20131002T141956 UID:1541@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Folk by the Sea festival, Kiama, NSW DESCRIPTION:Performing at this new festival run by the Illiawarra Folk Club organisers. See the full programme. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/folk-by-the-sea-festival-kiama-nsw/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20130920 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20130923 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20130901T044532 LAST-MODIFIED:20131002T142019 UID:1539@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Turning Wave Festival, Yass, NSW DESCRIPTION:Fintan Vallely will be playing\, doing talks on Irish Traditional music and workshops in the flute and satirical song at the Turning Wave Irish Arts Festival at Yass\, New South Wales. See programme for full details.   Regrettably\, all copies of The Companion to Irish Traditional Music brought to Australia on this visit have been sold\, but copies are available post free from The Book Depository. The book is also available on Kindle and ibooks digital editions at c. half the hard-back price. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/turning-wave-festival-yass-nsw/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20130805 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20130813 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20130725T095756 LAST-MODIFIED:20131014T140228 UID:1441@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Varuna Writers' Centre residency - Katoomba, NSW, Australia DESCRIPTION:Residency for one week in Blue Mountains\, an exchange visit done with the Irish Writers' Centre\, Dublin LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/varuna-writers-centre-residency-katoomba-nsw-australia/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20130912 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20130913 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20130721T220541 LAST-MODIFIED:20131002T142111 UID:1434@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Guest talk at Music Dept., Monash University, Melbourne DESCRIPTION:'Compánach' - Companion: Interpreting the history and revival of Irish Traditional music in images\, text and music.  Using images\, references to historical and contemporary literature\, recordings and live performance\, Irish musician and researcher Dr. Fintan Vallely interprets the nature\, history and re-popularisation of Irish Traditional music. Purchasing the book Regrettably\, all copies brought to Australia on this visit have been sold\, but copies are available post free from The Book Depository. The book is also available on Kindle and ibooks digital editions at c. half the hard-back price. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/guest-talk-at-music-dept-monash-university-melbourne/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20130708 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20130714 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20130715T122147 LAST-MODIFIED:20131014T140250 UID:1427@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Flute tuition at Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy, Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare DESCRIPTION:Teaching flute for the week\, 10am - 1pm Monday - Saturday Flute performance in concert on Tuesday 9th LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/flute-tuition-at-scoil-samhraidh-willie-clancy-miltown-malbay-co-clare/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20130703 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20130704 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20130515T082401 LAST-MODIFIED:20130715T121801 UID:1409@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Traditional Irish music and its historical contexts - USIT at TCD, Dublin DESCRIPTION:Didactic performance for the USIT international summer school in Trinity College. With guest musicians and dancer\, and singer Grace Toland. Restricted concert for the school. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/traditional-irish-music-and-its-historical-contexts/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20130611 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20130612 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20130515T082202 LAST-MODIFIED:20130715T121829 UID:1408@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Traditional Irish music - 'history in practice' concert, TCD Dublin DESCRIPTION:Didactic performance for the Carlow College (Pittsburg) creative writers' summer school hosted by USIT in Trinity College. With guest musicians. Restricted concert for the school. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/traditional-irish-music-history-in-practice-concert/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20130526 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20130527 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20130515T081836 LAST-MODIFIED:20130515T081836 UID:1405@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:CLANN AGUS CAIRDE, Séamus Ennis Centre, Naul, Dublin, with Gerry O'Connor DESCRIPTION:Hosted by Donegal fiddler Tara Connaghan\, Clann agus Cairde welcomes Gerry O'Connor (fiddle)\, Fintan Vallely (flute) and Melissa Hayes (guitar / fiddle).The music celebrates the style and repertoire of South Ulster. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/clann-agus-cairde-seamus-ennis-centre-naul-dublin-with-gerry-oconnor/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20131116 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20131117 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20130515T081055 LAST-MODIFIED:20130715T120255 UID:1401@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:William Kennedy Piping Festival talk, Armagh DESCRIPTION:Hunting for the (bor-) -rán ... a (nother) talk on the bodhrán A lecture on percussion in Traditional music in Ireland which shakes a stick at some of the  alleged origin-myths concerning the unique Irish drum\, the bodhrán. The paper challenges myth\, imagination and wishful thinking in the currently accepted history of that unique Irish percussion\, the 'bodhrán'. It explores the use of percussion in Irish music\, despite delial of that\, and looks at the perceptions of Irish drum culture. The evidence of the drum's antecedents is looked at methodically\, as is the meaning of the word 'bodhrán' itself. The interim conclusions of this work in progress are that the famous Irish drum has no ancient artistic past: it was never any more than a tambourine. The Irish device\, from which the word 'bodhrán' comes\, most likely originally was an agricultural and domestic tray or container - even a sieve: indeed\, the history of the bodhrán that we have is riddled with holes. Yet the bodhrán IS around\, and being brilliantly played\, as solid an art and presence as the harp or the pipes. But we borrowed the rhythms from dancers' feet\, the device itself from either black and white minstrels or the Salvation Army\, and synthesized the modern playing style from the sounds of Ulster Lambeggers\, Indian tabla tippers and Scottish pipe-band snare drummers  ... yet what other instrument has suffered such scorn\, been subjected to such unsupported nonsense talk - or has so many songs and jokes penned about it? Hosted by the William Kennedy Piping Festival\, organised by Armagh Pipers' Club. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/hunting-for-the-bor-ran/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20130601 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20130602 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20130515T075140 LAST-MODIFIED:20130515T075527 UID:1396@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Mickey McKenna Memorial concert, Trim DESCRIPTION:Trim library\, Main Street\,  Trim\, a concert in celebration of Mickey McKenna's life and music.  With members of the McKenna family\, Gandharba\, (Hiralal & Ramji\, Nepalese musicians) Jimmy Kelly (banjo)\,  Dave O'Rourke (jazz guitar; Alternative Entertainments first guitar teacher). 7.30 pm LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/mickey-mckenna-memorial-concert-trim/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20130614 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20130615 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20130515T072324 LAST-MODIFIED:20130515T075554 UID:1388@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Performance at Dobel, Wildbad, Germany DESCRIPTION:Irish cultural night performance with his sister Sheena Vallely\, in a programme of traditional and classical music with Aylish Kerrigan (soprano) and Dearbhla Collins (piano). Sheena was taught at the renowned Armagh Pipers’ Club a decade after Fintan had helped set it up. She went on to develop her playing in London and is a well known session and dance player there and in Bristol. Their music comes from their diverse experience and travel\, session\, concert\, céilí dance and Folk festival performance. Sheena is also an accomplished visual artist. In the 1980s they played together as The Brattle\, and now are together for a short tour. Sheena has already played tours in Germany - with Berlin band Midnight Court\, with Sinéad Hayes and Tobi Kurig\, and with Robbie Boyle and band in Berlin; she is on several albums which range from the strict Traditional to the avant-garde. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/performance-at-dobel-wildbad-germany/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20130615 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20130616 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20130515T071921 LAST-MODIFIED:20130515T075617 UID:1385@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Strassenfest at Sindelfingen, Germany, playing with Sheena Vallely DESCRIPTION:Playing in duet with flutes and whistles with Sheena Vallely at the international street festival in Sindelfingen.. Sheena was taught at the renowned Armagh Pipers’ Club a decade after Fintan had helped set it up. She went on to develop her playing in London and is a well known session and dance player there and in Bristol. Their music comes from their diverse experience and travel\, session\, concert\, céilí dance and Folk festival performance. Sheena is also an accomplished visual artist. In the 1980s they played together as The Brattle\, and now are together for a short tour. Sheena has already played tours in Germany - with Berlin band Midnight Court\, with Sinéad Hayes and Tobi Kurig\, and with Robbie Boyle and band in Berlin; she is on several albums which range from the strict Traditional to the avant-garde. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/strassenfest-at-sindelfingen-germany-playing-with-sheena-vallely/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20130404 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20130408 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20130421T171241 LAST-MODIFIED:20130421T171241 UID:1355@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Teaching flute at Cruinniú na bhFliúit, Ballyvourney, West Cork DESCRIPTION:Flute teaching at this year's Cruinniú\, classes at Ballyvourney. Thursday - Saturday\, including recitals and concerts. See the organiser's website LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/teaching-flute-at-cruinniu-na-bhfliuit-ballyvourney-west-cork/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20130617 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20130618 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20130421T171007 LAST-MODIFIED:20130715T121905 UID:1352@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Munich Folk Club with Gerry O'Connor, Germany DESCRIPTION:Performance with Gerry O'Connor at Munich Folk Club. Music and song of South Ulster and beyond. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/munich-folk-club-with-gerry-oconnor/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20130829 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20130830 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20130416T120050 LAST-MODIFIED:20131002T142144 UID:1338@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Guest presentation, Canberra National Library DESCRIPTION: Dancing on the Page: The Role of the Printed Word in Traditional Music Revivals Using images\, recordings and live performance\, this talk is about the role played in Irish Traditional music revival by books on music\, song\, dance\, emigration and the Irish Diaspora . 6pm LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/music-and-images-illustrated-presentation-canberra-national-library/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20130825 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20130826 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20130416T115124 LAST-MODIFIED:20130721T222616 UID:1335@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Guest performance at Famine Commemoration Ceremony, Hyde Park Barracks, Sydney DESCRIPTION:Music recital in the course of the Commemoration event at Hyde Park Barracks\, Sydney\,  Australia LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/performing-at-famine-commemoration-ceremony-hyde-park-barracks-sydney/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20130823 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20130824 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20130416T114943 LAST-MODIFIED:20131016T101650 UID:1332@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Guest spot at Famine Commemoration dinner, Sydney DESCRIPTION:Guest spot in the course of the Famine Commemoration dinner in Parliament Buildings\, Sydney\, New South Wales\, Australia. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/performing-at-famine-commemoration-dinner-sydney/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20130708 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20130714 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20130416T114649 LAST-MODIFIED:20130416T114659 UID:1329@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Willie Clancy Summer School - teaching and recital DESCRIPTION:Teaching flute in workshops all week\, mornings. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/willie-clancy-summer-school-teaching-and-recital/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20130615 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20130616 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20130416T113504 LAST-MODIFIED:20130416T114452 UID:1323@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Street concert at International Strassesfest, Sindelfingen. DESCRIPTION:Festival performance Fintan Vallely and Gerry O'Connor at International Street Festival\, Sindelfingen LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/street-concert-at-international-strassesfest-sindelfingen/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20131127T180000 DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20131127T200000 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20130227T005809 LAST-MODIFIED:20131119T103710 UID:1308@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:The Complete Guide to Playing the Irish Flute, new edition launch DESCRIPTION:Matt Molloy will perform the honours for the launch of this new flute tutor at 6pm at the Harcourt Hotel\, Dublin. Refreshments provided\, and ALL flute players welcome …  LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/the-complete-guide-to-playing-the-irish-flute-new-edition-launch/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20130524 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20130525 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20130227T004451 LAST-MODIFIED:20130515T070229 UID:1301@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Crosbhealach an Cheoil - The Crossroads Conference 2003, publication of papers DESCRIPTION:Papers from the conference held on the Magee campus of University of Ulster\, Derry City\, Northern Ireland over 25-27 April\, 2003. These are a stimulating insight into the assessment and provision of traditional music education at all levels from the practical to the academic\, throughout the island of Ireland and abroad. While the concern and focus is on Irish Traditional music\, the ideas and methodologies presented in this landmark selection of papers take other European-style Folk / Traditional musics as well – those of Norway\, Scotland\, Isle of Man\, Northern England\, Newfoundland\, Mid West USA\, Norway and Brittany. The papers address group and one-to-one instrumental teaching of children in organised classes\, summer schools and seasonal workshops\, the specialised and well-established music schools\, third level teaching\, and also cover teaching via tutor books\, CD ROMs\, CD\, videos and the internet. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/the-complete-guide-to-playing-the-irish-flute-launch/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20120901 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20120902 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20130205T093022 LAST-MODIFIED:20130205T094128 UID:1280@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Pleasures and perils of compiling a dictionary of Irish traditional music DESCRIPTION:Irish Traditional Music as a Contemporary Art Form: The pleasures and perils of compiling a dictionary of Irish traditional music. An illustrated talk on the concept\, artistic and social implications\, education value and critical aspects of the 880-page\,  2011 encyclopedia Companion to Irish Traditional Music. There are surprising challenges raised by such a book - not least that classification implies 'canon'\, the antithesis perhaps of the laissez faire of music-making. Using images\, recordings and live music on the flute\, the book's editor Fintan Vallely lays out the genesis of this landmark volume from 18th century ideology through to 20th century organisations\, and describes how it is necessary to make sense of the commercialism and globalisation we see in 'big-stage' touring shows today. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/pleasures-and-perils-of-compiling-a-dictionary-of-irish-traditional-music/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20130612 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20130613 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20130131T001121 LAST-MODIFIED:20130721T222811 UID:1257@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:GRENZTÖNE (Borderline Sounds) Stuttgart, Germany: fiddle & flute workshop DESCRIPTION:Keltische Klang Konzepte Traditionelle und neue irische Musik im interkulturellen Dialog Fiddle and flute workshop with Gerry O'Connor. 7pm Project Goal: This innovative project seeks to reach an intergenerational Public through the trans-cultural  language of music as the medium for dialogue. With the participation of international artists from Ireland\, Germany and France; the prize winning German stage director Andrea Haupt;  the Music Theatre Class and the talented young music students from the Stuttgart Musikschule together with the older generation of experimenters\, we will explore cultural issues thru dialogue\, movement\, text experimentation and visual arts. Ireland has a 5000 yrs old culture whose roots may be seen in the Celtic findings in Baden-Württemberg. Music is by its very nature\, an international language.  Although traditional Irish music enjoys a certain popularity in Germany\, the rich heritage of contemporary Irish compositions and the issues they address are little known.  This project seeks to emphasis the cultural importance of Ireland as it assumes the EU presidency in 2013. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/grenztone-borderline-sounds-stuttgart-germany-2/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20130616 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20130617 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20130131T000844 LAST-MODIFIED:20130721T222730 UID:1254@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:GRENZTÖNE - Stuttgart, Germany; recital with Gerry O'Connor DESCRIPTION:Keltische Klang Konzepte Traditionelle und neue irische Musik im interkulturellen Dialog Fiddle and flute recital: Fintan Vallely and Gerry O'Connor: 4pm Project Goal: This innovative project seeks to reach an intergenerational Public through the trans-cultural  language of music as the medium for dialogue. With the participation of international artists from Ireland\, Germany and France; the prize winning German stage director Andrea Haupt;  the Music Theatre Class and the talented young music students from the Stuttgart Musikschule together with the older generation of experimenters\, we will explore cultural issues thru dialogue\, movement\, text experimentation and visual arts. Ireland has a 5000 yrs old culture whose roots may be seen in the Celtic findings in Baden-Württemberg. Music is by its very nature\, an international language.  Although traditional Irish music enjoys a certain popularity in Germany\, the rich heritage of contemporary Irish compositions and the issues they address are little known.  This project seeks to emphasis the cultural importance of Ireland as it assumes the EU presidency in 2013.   LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/grenztone-borderline-sounds-stuttgart-germany/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20130208 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20130209 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20130130T234251 LAST-MODIFIED:20130715T121722 UID:1250@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Post grad seminar at Music Dept., UCD, Dublin DESCRIPTION:Guest post graduate seminar lecture From foot percussion to bodhrán: the paradox of the percussive impulse in Irish music Irish music has little documented evidence of musically-significant\, 19th century or earlier percussion practices. In the 20th century the standard drum kit was used by bands\, the tambourine occurs momentarily on recordings and later\, in the 1950s\, the tambourine was formally adopted in the form of  the ‘bodhrán’\, a large-diameter frame drum. Early critics of the bodhrán cited the absence of historical references to justify dismissal or trivialisation of the drum\, and held that authentic Irish Traditional music did not 'need' percussion on that account. But the fact that the bodhrán now enjoys such popularity suggests the existence of a formidable rhythmic or percussive  impulse which is unlikely to have been absent in earlier eras. Indeed\, observations of step and set dancers’ foot patterning and impact sounds suggests that percussion was ever present - provided by the participatory energy of dancers. The inverse is seen in the mimicking by older musicians  of step dance percussion with their feet while playing\, and\, too\, in  the loud\, visible keeping time with the foot done by all players still. This paper suggests that among dancers there were and are foot percussionists\, and this skill is also exercised and carried on today by bodhrán players. It draws on original research done on the tambourine and bodhrán\, this raising questions not only about  origins\, but also about terminology and interpretation of language. READING - Companion to Irish Traditional Music\, 2nd edition (2011) Dance - 180 -200 Bodhran - 68-74 idiophone - 357 tambourine - 676 foot stamping - 282 bones - 76-78 LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/post-grad-seminar-at-music-dept-ucd/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20130803 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20130804 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20130130T141709 LAST-MODIFIED:20130725T102300 UID:1244@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Guest Paper at Shamrock in the Bush, Galong, Australia DESCRIPTION:Guest lecture at ‘Shamrock in the Bush’ Irish Studies symposium\, Galong NSW\, Australia. Dancing on the page: the vitality of the printed word and image in oral music\, song and dance traditions. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/guest-paper-at-shamrock-in-the-bush-galong-australia/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20130314T200000 DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20130314T220000 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20130130T140817 LAST-MODIFIED:20130307T112222 UID:1241@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Omagh St. Patrick's week festival DESCRIPTION:Dancing on the page: the power of the printed word in aural music\, song and dance traditions Illustrated lecture at the Strule Arts Centre\, Omagh as part of a 17th March celebratory week. Theme is 'Celebrating Cultures. The talk deals with the wonderful myths\, rumours and lies that abounded in the post-1950s years during which Traditional music was revived with such thrilling positivity and confidence. It examines wholesome theories of authenticity and Irishness and observes that though these take their vitality from the plain people\, they draw their validity and sustenance from the published words and music of 19th century 'big-housse' scholars and from thinking that did not begin in Ireland at all. With a nod to Tyrone’s exiled literati Ben Kiely and Flann O'Brien and its famous fiddlers\, Ulster song and music traditions\, dancing and marching\, Romantic theory and the novelists’ utopias are explored in a re-assessment of the music of Myles' ‘plain people of Ireland’ – though with less savagery than Kiely’s ‘Gilsenan’s Revised Irish Minstrelsy’.   LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/omagh-st-patricks-week-festival/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20130404 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20130407 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20130130T135457 LAST-MODIFIED:20130130T233922 UID:1237@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Teaching flute at Cruinniú na bhFliúit, West Cork DESCRIPTION:Flute teaching at this year's Cruinniú\, classes at Ballyvourney. Thursday - Saturday\, including recitals and concerts. See the organiser's website LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/teaching-flute-at-cruinniu-na-bhfliuit-west-cork/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20130128 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20130130 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20130129T220507 LAST-MODIFIED:20130715T120410 UID:1230@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Music dissemination and transmission in Ireland (DIT, Dublin) DESCRIPTION:Observations on the social\, commercial\, cultural and technological dimensions of music transmission. Deals with aural learning\, music notation\, writing about music\, commercialism\, recording\, radio\, television media and organisations. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/music-dissemination-and-transmission-in-ireland/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20130114 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20130115 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20130109T121523 LAST-MODIFIED:20130715T120338 UID:1175@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:The percussive impulse in Irish music, DIT (Dublin) DESCRIPTION: From foot percussion to bodhrán: the paradox of the percussive impulse in Irish music Irish music does has little documented evidence of musically-significant\, 19th century or earlier percussion practices. In the 20th century the standard drum kit was used by bands\, the tambourine occurs momentarily on recordings and later\, in the 1950s\, the tambourine was formally adopted in the form of  the ‘bodhrán’\, a large-diameter frame drum. Early critics of the bodhrán cited the absence of historical references in their dismissal of the drum\, and held that Irish Traditional music did not need percussion on that account. But the fact that the bodhrán now enjoys such popularity suggests the presence of a formidable rhythmic or percussive  impulse which is unlikely to have been absent in earlier eras. Indeed\, observations of step and set dancers’ foot patterning and impact sounds suggests that percussion was ever present - provided by the participatory energy of dancers. The inverse is seen in the mimicking by older musicians  of step dance percussion with their feet while playing\, and\, too\, in  the loud\, visible keeping time with the foot done by all players still. This paper puts forward that the dancers’ foot percussion is today exercised and carried on carried on today by bodhrán players. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/the-paradox-of-the-percussive-impulse-in-irish-music-illustrated-lecture-in-dit-dublin/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20121108 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20121201 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20121108T223049 LAST-MODIFIED:20130130T234025 UID:1168@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Guest lecturer at Newcastle University (England) for November, 2012 DESCRIPTION:Fintan Vallely will be acting lecturer in Irish Traditional music  and music performance on the University of Newcastle on Tyne's Folk Music degree programme. He is deputising for Desi Wilkinson who is on sabbatical. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/guest-lecturer-at-newcastle-university-england-for-november-2012/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20121007 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20121008 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20121002T132917 LAST-MODIFIED:20131014T140324 UID:1129@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Flute workshop at Circolo ARCI arcobaleno (Roma) DESCRIPTION:Flute teaching workshop. Afternoon. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/flute-workshop-at-circolo-arci-arcobaleno-roma/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20121007 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20121008 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20121002T132213 LAST-MODIFIED:20130130T233821 UID:1126@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Club concert at Circolo ARCI arcobaleno (Roma) DESCRIPTION:Club venue performance at  Circolo ARCI arcobaleno\,Garbatella area\, on the evening of Sunday\, 7th October. Full details on Club website. 21.30pm LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/club-concert-at-rome/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20120704 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20120705 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20120529T150109 LAST-MODIFIED:20120604T023544 UID:1036@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Contemporary Irish Traditional Music - performance and talk DESCRIPTION:Performance / lecture on Irish traditional music\, its instruments\, history and practice today\, given to USIT International  Summer School at Trinity College Dublin. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/contemporary-irish-traditional-music-performance-and-talk-2/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20120614 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20120615 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20120529T145846 LAST-MODIFIED:20120604T023506 UID:1032@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Contemporary Irish Traditional Music - performance and talk DESCRIPTION:Performance / lecture on Irish traditional music\, its instruments\, history and practice today\, given to Carlow College (USA) Creative Writing Summer School at Trinity College Dublin. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/contemporary-irish-traditional-music-performance-and-talk/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20120628 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20120629 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20120529T144140 LAST-MODIFIED:20120529T144140 UID:1027@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:From foot percussion to bodhrán: the percussive impulse Irish music DESCRIPTION:Paper at the NAFCo fiddle week conference.  Irish music does not have any recorded evidence of musically-significant\, 19th century or earlier percussion practices. In the 20th century the standard drum kit was used by bands\, the tambourine occurs momentarily on recordings and later\, in the 1950s\, the tambourine was formally adopted in the form of  the ‘bodhrán’\, a large-diameter frame drum. Early critics of the bodhrán cited the absence of historical references in their dismissal of the drum\, and held that Irish Traditional music did not need percussion on that account. But the fact that the bodhrán now enjoys such popularity suggests the presence of a formidable rhythmic or percussive  impulse which is unlikely to have been absent in earlier eras. Indeed\, observations of step and set dancers’ foot patterning and impact sounds suggests that percussion was ever present - provided by the participatory energy of dancers. The inverse is seen in the mimicking by older musicians  of step dance percussion with their feet while playing\, and\, too\, in  the loud\, visible keeping time with the foot done by all players still. This paper puts forward that the dancers’ foot percussion is today exercised and carried on carried on today by bodhrán players. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/from-foot-percussion-to-bodhran-the-percussive-impulse-irish-music/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20120818 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20120819 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20120527T132652 LAST-MODIFIED:20120529T143439 UID:1019@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Launch of Companion at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, Cavan DESCRIPTION:The Companion will be given an Ulster launch on saturday afternoon\, 18th August\, the main weekend of the All-Ireland fleadh at Cavan town\, at 12.30 (mid day) in the Farnham Arms Hotel Conference room. At this\, Fintan Vallely will give an illustrated lecture on the compilation of the book. This will be part of a programmed formal event sponsored by the Arts Council's Deis Traditional Music Awards body. The event opens with 'Another World' – a lecture by Marcas Ó Murchú at 11 am. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/launch-of-companion-at-fleadh-cheoil-na-heireann-cavan/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20120707 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20120708 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20120519T171058 LAST-MODIFIED:20130715T121703 UID:1012@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Clare launch of Companion by Neil Rosenberg, Spanish Point DESCRIPTION:The Companion will be formally launched as on the opening Sunday of Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy by Neil Rosenberg (author of 'Transforming Tradition') on Sunday afternoon at The Convent\, Spanish Point. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/clare-launch-of-companion-by-neil-rosenberg/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20120524 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20120525 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20120519T165833 LAST-MODIFIED:20131014T140422 UID:1007@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Companion Launch and performance with Martin Dowling (fiddle), Ranelagh Arts Centre, Dublin DESCRIPTION:On Thursday\, 24th May\, 7pm there will be a local launch of The Companion at the Ranelagh Arts Centre\, Dublin 6. Following this at c. 8pm fintan will play a concert with Chicago/Belfast fiddler Martin Dowling who is also one of the main contributors to The Companion. Books will be available at a 12% discount at this event. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/companion-launch-and-performance-with-martin-dowling-fiddle-ranelagh-arts-centre-dublin/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20120625 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20120626 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20120404T134708 LAST-MODIFIED:20120529T153431 UID:982@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Craiceann - Inniseer Bodhrán Festival DESCRIPTION: Paper to be given at the 2012 Craiceann summer school on Inniseer island\, off Co. Galway. 'Hunting for borr- án - shaking a stick at the origin myths of the Irish drum' The paper challenges myth\, imagination and wishful thinking in the currently accepted history of that unique Irish percussion\, the 'bodhrán'. It explores the perceptions of Irish drum culture\, looks scientifically at the evidence of the drum's antecedents\,  and questions the meaning of the word 'bodhrán' itself. The interim conclusions of this work in progress are that the famous Irish drum has no ancient artistic past: it was always just a tambourine. The Irish device\, from which the word 'bodhrán' comes\, was an agricultural and domestic tray or container - even a sieve. Indeed\, the history of the bodhrán that we have is riddled with holes. Yet the bodhrán IS around\, and being brilliantly played\, as solid an art and presence as the harp or the pipes\, and by now emblematic of Irishness. But we borrowed the rhythms from dancers' feet\, the device itself from either black and white minstrels or the Salvation Army\, and synthesized the modern playing style from the sounds of Ulster Lambeggers\, Indian tabla tippers and Scottish pipe-band snare drummers. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/craiceann-inniseer-bodhran-festival/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20120415 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20120416 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20120404T131450 LAST-MODIFIED:20120410T143336 UID:977@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Judith Guthrie's Jig, RTÉ Radio 1, Ireland DESCRIPTION:Performance of the tune Judith Guthrie's Jig on Sunday Miscellany\, 9.10 + on RTÉ Radio 1\, Sunday\, 8th April\, 2012. This tune came together following a 1991 exploratory visit to Bulgaria to investigate primary\, second-level and third-level teaching of traditional music -  a two week immersion in traditional music\, singing and dance which resulted in an Irish tour by a group of terrific Bulgarian players - Plovdiv - to Ireland in 1992. The title was inspired by ideas put forward by novelist Evelyn Conlon in the course of researching the life of Judith Guthrie\, she who was married to theatre promoter Tyrone Guthrie (after whom the Minneapolis theatre is named in honour of his work there). Guthrie's onetime Irish home is now the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig\, Co. Monaghan which hosts artist residencies\, many of which have involved music. The tune title ties together the back room direction of Judith Guthrie\, great music experiences in Minneapolis\, Co. Monaghan and the  arts in Ireland. The tune's oddness\, well ... LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/judith-guthries-jig-rte-radio-1-ireland/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20120717T200000 DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20120717T230000 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20120125T150535 LAST-MODIFIED:20120529T152247 UID:946@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Tocane, France, launch concert for The Companion DESCRIPTION:Concert presentation for the launch of the Companion in the Perigord region of France. Held as part of Rencontre Musicale Irlandaise\, an Irish-music summer school running since 1991 in the village of Tocane St. Apre\, it takes place in the church in the village of Tocane St. Apre. With Kathleen Loughnane (harp); Eileen O'Brien\, Breda Keville\, Philippe Giraud (fiddles)\, Cormac Cannon (pipes)\, Lorcan Mac Mathúna (song)\, Gavin Whelan (whistle)\, Bryan Duggan (flute)\, Claire Keville (concertina)\, Paul Finn (accordion)\, Seamie O'Dowd (guitar)\, Paul Meehan (banjo) and others. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/tocane-france-launch-concert-for-the-companion/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20120715 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20120722 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20120125T150352 LAST-MODIFIED:20120529T152657 UID:945@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Catskills Irish Music Week, New York DESCRIPTION:Teaching flute for the week and launching the Companion mid week LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/catskills-irish-music-week-new-york/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20120709T100000 DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20120714T130000 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20120125T150235 LAST-MODIFIED:20131014T140510 UID:944@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy DESCRIPTION:Teaching flute for the week during the summer school. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/scoil-samhraidh-willie-clancy/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20120525 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20120527 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20120125T145732 LAST-MODIFIED:20120516T081305 UID:941@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Féile John McGrath, Westport, Co. Mayo - Fact, fashion or fetters? DESCRIPTION:Paper for Féile John McGrath\, May 2012  Fact\, fashion or fetters? Issues of perception\, passion and patriotism raised in the compilation of The Companion to Irish Traditional Music. In 1999 a large number of the diverse strands that make up Irish traditional music were brought together in The Companion to Irish Traditional Music. Effectively an encyclopedia\, its 478 pages covered music\, song and dance\, tunes\, style and lyrics\, people\, practices and transmission. It filled a need in the Irish education system which was by that time teaching the music at university levels. The book sold some 5000 copies over five years\, creating demand for a second edition. Now published\, at 900 pages this is twice the size of its predecessor. That can be interpreted as a response to a broadening of its field of reference\, a loosening of genre boundaries in music in Ireland and of course expansion of interest in the music\, academically as well as internationally. The book is not a memorial-style  ‘Digital Tír na Óg’ for Irish Traditional music data however. On the contrary\, it is an affirmative document of an active canon. Questions are raised by the fact of the book’s compilation and by its use in education. Will the book make it easier to teach the music in schools\, and will it expand music-lover’s knowledge usefully? Is it of confidence value to musicians? Does inclusion or non inclusion of items indicate greater or lesser importance? Might it lead to music performance becoming prescriptive? Might blowing away many of the mysteries leave the music less enchanting? Does the internationalization it illustrates devalue the music’s core Irishness? These and other such points are explored by Fintan Vallely in a discourse on how the book took shape between 2008 and 2011. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/feile-john-mcgrath-westport/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20120412 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20120416 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20120125T145424 LAST-MODIFIED:20130130T234002 UID:939@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Cruinniú na BhFliúit, Cúil Aodha, Co. Cork, flute tuition DESCRIPTION:Teaching flute in the week following Easter at the Coolea flute gathering; participation in the Saturday concert and giving a paper: From R E M to R A M A reflection on fantasy\, fulfillment and contradictions over the course of Vallely's near half-century Traditional music journey from the elemental dreamtime when he started on the flute to the mincing machine of the digital information age and commodity music. The paper considers the gradual dissipation of the exuberance of the earlyish revival years where music was considered a gift\, a musician always had to be bought a drink and every session was coloured by anticipation and amazement. Learning to play the flute amid the wonder was a pleasurable frustration: for even though the instrument was scarce and mentors far away\, tantalizing tunes could leak unexpectedly out of the wireless\, and a 78 record might be found in an antique shop. A pragmatic formality crept in with the demand for flute teaching\, absence of information demanded a tutor book in tandem with the times\, and the tumble towards the Celtic Tiger foddered by new value on traditions generated opportunity: travel\, academic scrutiny and the rational format of the Traditional music dictionary. But is this our very own Medieval golden goose? Have we put it in a barrel\, refining it from seasonal celebration as Christmas dinner to an elite\, culturally immobile foie gras? IS it just ‘entertainment’\, career and business? Or is it all no more than nice stuff that survived from an earlier age\, but that we should have let develop laissez faire? These questions\, the opportunities and imperfections\, are looked at here through the eyes of a flute player drawing on the past to appreciate the present and speculate for the future. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/cruinniu-na-bhfliuit-cuil-aodha-co-cork-flute-tuition/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20120427 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20120501 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20120125T144845 LAST-MODIFIED:20131014T140350 UID:937@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Conference at Emory University, Atlanta, USA DESCRIPTION:Making Connections: The Celtic Roots of Southern Culture.  A Conference at Emory University\, Atlanta. Speaking on the transfer of music from recreational to political repertoires\, and from Scotland\, via Ireland to the USA. Performance with flute and song in the course of the three day conference. “Hand-me-downs\, Fence Jumpers and Prisoners of War: the Double Life of Irish Songs and Tunes” A good tune is a good tune\, and none know that better than those involved in politics and religion. Many forms of Irish music are borrowed\, not least the Popular\, Church and Classical genres\, and much Irish music has itself been absorbed elsewhere. The older ‘traditional’ music\, song and dance can be seen to have absorbed features or forms too from neighbouring Scotland and England – as have done the music and song bodies of those regions with Ireland. Airs are shared with Scotland and ‘big’ ballads with there and England\, and political song inter-borrowings mark Nationalist and Loyalist agitational repertoires. The paper explores how these can simultaneously mark the repertoires of recreational dance music and agitational marching music in Northern Ireland\, and how the same tune can be found carrying\, serving and performing opposing political beliefs with equivalent vehemence. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/conference-at-emory-university-atlanta/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20110707 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20110708 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20111011T060518 LAST-MODIFIED:20130715T121525 UID:909@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:The origin myths of the Irish drum, Willie Clancy Summer School, Co. Clare DESCRIPTION:Cold Case Bodh-rán – shaking a stick at the origin myths of the Irish drum In the nineteen sixties the bodhrán was loftily looked down noses at in the early Irish music scene and became the butt of the very first Traditional music jokes. But by now it has well passed out the pipes and has taken over from the harp as a popular visual representation of Irish music\, if not Irishness itself internationally. How has such a preposterous thing happened? The ingenuity of Ó Riada was undoubtedly the trigger\, and the spirit of the sixties did the rest once the percussion genie was let out of the bottle. But what is the history of the bodhrán? What we know so far is driven by myth and wishful thinking. Now\, for the first time\, in this lecture Fintan Vallely puts the Irish drum itself in the witness box and lays out the real and imagined evidence for the drum's antecedents. The interim conclusions of this work in progress are that the famous Irish drum has no ancient artistic past: at the best it was only ever just a tambourine. The Irish device\, from which the word 'bodhrán' comes\, most likely originally meant an agricultural and domestic tray or container - even a sieve. Indeed\, the history of the bodhrán that we have so far is riddled with holes. Yet the bodhrán IS around\, and being brilliantly played\, as solid an art and presence as the harp or the pipes. We borrowed the device from black and white minstrels or the Salvation Army\, the rhythms from dancers' feet\, and we synthesised the modern playing style from the sounds of Ulster Lambeggers\, Indian tabla tippers and Scottish pipe-band snare drummers. If the speaker can locate a bodhrán player brave enough to enter the Community Hall there will be music. Appropriate songs may be sung ...   LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/cold-case-bodh-ran-%e2%80%93-shaking-a-stick-at-the-origin-myths-of-the-irish-drum/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20110819 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20110820 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20111011T060228 LAST-MODIFIED:20111011T060228 UID:905@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann lecture - Myth and Majesty in the Rise of the Irish Drum (Cavan) DESCRIPTION:Hunting for Borrane Flute\, speech\, song and bodhrán presentation with Trevor Beury and Tim Lyons at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann\, Cavan - "Hunting for Borrane… myth and majesty in the rise of the Irish drum." LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/fleadh-cheoil-na-heireann-lecture-myth-and-majesty-in-the-rise-of-the-irish-drum-cavan/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20110713 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20110720 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20111011T055036 LAST-MODIFIED:20130715T121611 UID:896@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:The invigorating enablement of a perfect past for Irish music: St. John's, Newfoundland DESCRIPTION:ICTM World Conference\, 13-19 July\, 2011\, St. John’s\, Newfoundland Paper in Irish Music Panel – Indigenous Modernities: Fintan Vallely with Mats Melin and Martin Dowling. Papers: Fintan Vallely. The invigorating enablement of a perfect past: Past and future in modern-day revision and rationalisation of Irish Traditional music practices\, instrumentation and motivational impetus. Mats Melin. Cape Breton step-dance on the small screen: The influence of visual technologies on aesthetics and over-arching stylistic ‘correctness’; capturing ephemeral moments in time for posterity. Martin Dowling. Modernity and Irish Traditional Music\, a Historical View: the indigenous music of Ireland never lacked the influence of modernity\, but negotiates tradition and change with resilience. ICTM Conference Programme The invigorating enablement of a perfect past Irish Traditional music is at its most dramatic a body of melismatic song practice which is demonstrably medieval\, but with roots in an even greater antiquity. It also has consequent and distinctive varied instrumental forms which have been documented over some 1200 years. Though there has been much change and dilution over the centuries\, because the process of this has been interwoven with the repression of Gaelic Ireland\, old Irish music\, song and dance have accreted great ideological tenacity. This extraordinary alliance of the music with a thoroughly rebel-led nationalism marks Irish music revival as quite different to contemporary ‘Folk’ scenes in neighbouring England and Scotland: it has come to be defined by what it excludes as much as by what it includes. This feature has been remarkably enabling and productive over the phases of revival\, the energy and popularity it generated having contributed much to the music’s internationalisation among non-Irish players. However\, the perceived core\, motivational certainties are now radically challenged and by the great volume of scholarship which has been triggered by the very success and consequent professionalism of the genre in alliance with new technologies. But far from being destructive\, this has served to lay open exciting new strata which illuminate not only an island-Irish past\, but international associations\, borrowings and influences\, a body of knowledge which indeed mirrors that which the avant garde of Irish Traditional performers have been doing in performance ever since Ó Riada’s experimental Ceoltóirí Chualann in the 1950s.  The paper analyses the coincidence of ‘pastness’ and futurism in the modern-day climate of revision and rationalization: music practices\, instrumentation and motivational myths as a synergy which is underlain by a passionate belief in the genre as a true soul music. (Fintan Vallely) LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/the-invigorating-enablement-of-a-perfect-past-for-irish-music/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20100710 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20100711 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20111011T040323 LAST-MODIFIED:20111011T040323 UID:876@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Melbourne - Monash University Guest Paper DESCRIPTION:Fintan Vallely: ‘The Irish drum - stone-age innovation in the digital age’\, guest paper at Monash University\, Melbourne\, Research and Work-in-Progress seminars. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/melbourne-monash-university-guest-paper/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20100807 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20100808 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20111011T035929 LAST-MODIFIED:20130715T121329 UID:874@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Guest Paper to Shamrock in the Bush, Galong NSW, Australia DESCRIPTION:Fintan Vallely: ‘Tír na nÓg in 2010: Keeping Traditional music forever young’. Issues of passion\, canon and change arising from the compilation of the encyclopedia Companion to Irish Traditional Music in 1999\, and its revision a decade later. Guest lecture at ‘Shamrock in the Bush’ Irish Studies symposium\, Galong NSW\, Australia. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/guest-paper-to-shamrock-in-the-bush/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20101022 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20101023 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20111011T035336 LAST-MODIFIED:20130715T121256 UID:872@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Guest Lecture at Threads and Yarns Cultural Forum, Foxford, Co. Mayo DESCRIPTION:Fintan Vallely: Comic and satirical song in the Traditional music scene. Guest lecture at Threads and Yarns cultural forum\, Foxford\, Co. Mayo\, Friday evening\, 22nd October\, 2010. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/guest-lecture-at-threads-and-yarns-cultural-forum/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20101105 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20101106 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20111011T034427 LAST-MODIFIED:20111011T034427 UID:869@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Guest Lecture to Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, University of Notre Dame, Indiana DESCRIPTION:Head space\, community and nation in traditional music Illustrating by performed music and select images\, Dr. Fintan Vallely explores the nature and significance of ‘free spaces’ generated by Irish traditional music in the 21st century. Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies\, University of Notre Dame\, Indiana LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/guest-lecture-to-keough-naughton-institute-for-irish-studies-university-of-notre-dame-indiana/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20110326 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20110327 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20111011T033856 LAST-MODIFIED:20130715T121226 UID:867@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Whistle Workshop in Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast DESCRIPTION:Whistle workshop for Belfast Set Dance and Traditional Music Society. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/whistle-workshop-belfas/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20110415 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20110416 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20111011T033319 LAST-MODIFIED:20130715T121008 UID:864@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:The tambourine in Ireland, NPU Henrietta St., Dublin DESCRIPTION:Hunting for borr- án - shaking a stick at the origin myths concerning the Irish drum. Evening lecture for Na Píobairí Uilleann at Henrietta Street\, off Bolton Street\, Dublin on work in progress on the history of the tambourine and bodhrán in Ireland. The paper challenges myth\, imagination and wishful thinking in the currently accepted history of that unique Irish percussion\, the 'bodhrán'. It explores the perceptions of Irish drum culture\, looks scientifically at the evidence of the drum's antecedents\, and the meaning of the word 'bodhrán' itself. The interim conclusions of this work in progress are that the famous Irish drum has no ancient artistic past: it was never any more than a tambourine. The Irish device\, from which the word 'bodhrán' comes\, most likely originally meant an agricultural and domestic tray or container - even a sieve. Indeed\, the history of the bodhrán that we have is riddled with holes. Yet the bodhrán IS around\, and being brilliantly played\, as solid an art and presence as the harp or the pipes. But we borrowed the rhythms from dancers' feet\, the device itself from either black and white minstrels or the Salvation Army\, and synthesized the modern playing style from the sounds of Ulster Lambeggers\, Indian tabla tippers and Scottish pipe-band snare drummers. If the speaker can locate a bodhrán player brave enough to enter the NPU there will be music; if not\, appropriate tongue-in cheek-derisory songs will be sung… LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/hunting-for-borr-ane/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20110726 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20110727 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20111011T031424 LAST-MODIFIED:20130715T121203 UID:863@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Digital Tír na nÓg in 2011 - IAML, TCD Dublin DESCRIPTION: Audio-Visual Commission for the International Association of Music Libraries\, Archives and Documentation Centres. Annual conference\, Trinity College\, Dublin\, 24-29 July 2011.  Conference Programme Paper by Dr. Fintan Vallely\, Music Dept.\, Dundalk Institute of Technology. Digital Tír na nÓg in 2011: Issues of passion\, canon and change revealed through the  compilation of The Companion to Irish Traditional Music\, 2011 The Companion to Irish Traditional Music was the first attempt at categorisation in Irish Traditional music. An 478 page encyclopedia\, published in 1999\, it sold some 5000 copies over five years\, and the second edition (which has just been completed) has been in demand ever since. The new edition has expanded by 70%\, and the scale of this development is interpreted as a response to both a broadening of the field of reference\, and a loosening of genre boundaries in music in Ireland. Facilitation of this increase has been greatly aided by database and IT technologies. These\, by their nature\, have prompted a more precise categorisation methodology which in turn feeds back into aesthetic considerations concerning the nature and performance of this music.  Greatly productive\, the process’s logic is that the work is definitely not a memorial-style  ‘Digital Tír na Óg’ (land of eternal youth) for Irish Traditional music data. But objectively\, by drawing together all existing publication\, personae and analysis in the field\, The Companion process documents and affirms an active canon. LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/digital-tir-na-nog-in-2011/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20110703T160000 DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20110703T190000 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20111011T030620 LAST-MODIFIED:20130715T121047 UID:860@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Ben Lennon - The Tailor's Twist Book Launch - Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare DESCRIPTION:A study in text\, photographs and graphic design of the fiddler Ben Lennon of Kiltyclogher\, Co. Leitrim. Ben Lennon is known widely as a stylistic performer and teacher in the national and international world of Irish Traditional music. He began playing the fiddle at the age of ten\, growing up in an atmosphere of home\, céilí-house music-making and served his time with his father as a tailor. He developed his skills in post-World War 11 London among superb artisans and there immersed himself in a cosmopolitan city lifestyle. Back on Irish soil he returned to traditional music in its headiest revival years\, first in Limerick and then Cork\, while also engaged as an innovator and organiser in major clothing businesses. He returned north to Leitrim after twenty five years and relocated himself in local music\, going on to teach his instrument\, and to record and broadcast. Ben Lennon's life is documented here in words by Fintan Vallely. The fiddler is also presented within his music society in a hundred and more striking photographs by Nutan Jacques Piraprez. These elements are integrated by a vigorous\, complementary design by Martin Gaffney as the visual story of a personal journey in music by a commentator who has a bird’s eye view that is a panorama of the technological and artistic transformation from the old Ireland to the new\, from  traditional music redundancy to its artistic supremacy. Launched at the Willie Clancy Summer School\, Miltown Malbay on Sunday\, 3rd July\, 2011. TO ORDER FROM A BOOKSHOP - ISBN 978-0-9511569-2-6 LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/ben-lennon-book-launch/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20110627 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20110628 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20111011T025728 LAST-MODIFIED:20130715T121111 UID:858@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Lecture-performance for USIT Summer School, TCD Dublin DESCRIPTION:A one and a half hour presentation of Irish Traditional music incoroporating music\, song and dance with explicatory commentary. Fintan Vallely (flute and speaking) with Kevin Rowsome (uilleann pipes)\, Edel McWeeney (fiddle)\, Lorraine Mitchell (fiddle)\, Daoirí Farrell (song\, bouzouki) and Mick Mulkerrins (sean-nós step dance). LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/lecture-performance-for-usit-summer-school/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20110629 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20110630 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20111011T025141 LAST-MODIFIED:20111011T025141 UID:855@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Cartoonist / Songwriter Brian Moore Concert in Belfast DESCRIPTION:The Life of Brian A night of song\, music and readings to celebrate the life of the Belfast singer songwriter\, cartoonist and playwright Brian Moore\, who died earlier this year. Wednesday 29 June in the Black Box in Belfast. Singers\, musicians\, and  friends will come together to celebrate  the life of Brian\, a lifelong political activist\, founding member of the legendary folk group ‘ The People of no Property’\, creator of the acclaimed ‘Cormac’ cartoons\,  playwright and  member of the Radical Arts Group. A long list of singers from Belfast and around the country who performed over the years with Brian will come together to perform on the night. Performers will include Joe Mulheron\, Barry Kerr\, Mary Mulryne\, Gerry Jones\, Eileen Webster\, Caoimhin Mac Ghiolla Cathain\, Gearóid Mac Lochlain\, Deirdre Mac Aliskey\, Fintan Vallely\, Bríd Keenan\,  Noel Leneghan\, Éamon Ó Faogáin and Francie  McPeake. Terry O Neill will perform selections from two of Brian’s play’s\, Paddy on the Road and Malachy Mulligan.  The night will begin at 8-30 and people are advised to come early. For confirmation or further information contact Fergus O’Hare at 07792451181 LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/brian-moore-concert/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20110913T190000 DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20110913T210000 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20111011T024508 LAST-MODIFIED:20130715T120725 UID:853@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Flute performance in 'News', by Brendan Ellis; Ranelagh, Dublin DESCRIPTION:'News'\,  a one-hour mosaic of music and poetry as part of a Ranelagh district community event. Core of the event is c. 1000-year-old poetry in Irish composed by poets who would have spent time in the vicinity of Cullenswood and the general area. Translated by Brendan Ellis from various sources\, only one of these pieces is still heard today (An Cailleach Béara - The Old Woman of Beare) and the name of only one of the poets is known - Liadán. Participating in music for the event are Jenny Robinson (recorder - Lament di Tristan e Rotta)\, Andrew Robinson (percussion\, bass viol - Paddy's Rambles Through the Park)\, Mick McNally (accordion)\, Paul De Grae (guitar - Ag Taisteal na Blarnán)\, Fintan Vallely (flute - Judith Guthrie's suite)\, John Keogh (The Bard of Armagh - keyboard)\, David Carmody (French horn - Táimse 'mo Chodhladh). LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/flute-performance-in-news-by-brendan-ellis/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20120927 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20120928 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20111010T183106 LAST-MODIFIED:20130715T120547 UID:820@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Reflections on the Traditional singing genre, PGIL Monaco DESCRIPTION:“A Changing Traditional Landscape : The Folklore\, Song and Music of Ireland” - symposium in the Princess Grace Library\, Monaco\, September 2012. Session title: Connecting the Dots: Identifying Key Changes and Developments in Irish Music\, Song and Folklore in Recent Times Paper: From amateur professional to professional amateur … reflections on the Traditional singing genre. Traditional song forms in Ireland have ceased to have popular functional relevance and (as with dance) have been supplanted\, via media\, by global-style Rock and Pop (much of which in Ireland is of Irish composition). Traditional song as such has by now been set aside by the onetime subalterns\, and has itself become subaltern to that which is merely ‘popular’. It is now typically best articulated by aesthetically committed specialists\, for many of whom it is a ‘genre’\, an artistic life’s pursuit\, and for some a profession. The latter\, as paid artistes often draw on the ‘the fireside’ to authenticate their studied art\, the inverse of the unpaid specialism of céilí-house singers prior to the revival period. This paper explores such crisis questions as thrown up by revival: what is ‘the community’? Are we merely extending the shelf-life of redundant cultural fashions by preserving them in a syrup  of 18th century\, Enlightenment philosophy? How can we be certain that it is all – artistically - ‘worth it’? LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/from-amateur-professional-to-professional-amateur-reflections-on-the-traditional-singing-genre/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20120627 DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20120702 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20111010T180818 LAST-MODIFIED:20130715T120512 UID:818@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:North Atlantic Fiddle Convention 2012, Derry City DESCRIPTION:Fintan Vallely is the academic convenor of the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention's biennial conference in late June\, 2012. This is a unique conference set in a week of exceptional music performances in Derry city and Co. Donegal which addresses a challenging issue for Traditional musics in the 21st century – the shift of emphasis from music for dancing to music for listening. The conference continues the train of thinking begun at the Crosbhealach an Cheoil conferences in 1996 and 2003. NAFCo's guest speaker will be Neil Rosenberg\, Professor Emeritus\, Department of Folklore\,Memorial University of Newfoundland. He is editor of the seminal 1993 book Transforming Tradition (the major analysis of Traditional musics revivals) and of key works on Bluegrass music Theme of the conference: Traditional music has moved from a primary purpose of servicing dance\, to expressing artistic preference. This is particularly so for the fiddle\, one of the most versatile\, accessible and universal of acoustic instruments. The conference will explore its current popularity in North Atlantic musics in terms of the shift of folk cultures’ interest from social process to aesthetic product. Now predominantly a free-standing performance genre\, at its outer fringes traditional melody-making now shades into other forms – jazz\, contemporary classical\, rock and pop – and indeed the antithesis of genre\, so-called ‘world’ music. Does this bring Alan Lomax’s ‘cultural grey-out’ closer to reality? Might traditional fiddling disappear in a cloud of intermeshed idioms and clichés expounded with fabulous virtuosity? Could Traditional musics lose their sense of aesthetic just as easily as their once-local meaning in relation to dance? Ó Cos go Cluas broadly addresses the process\, product and the potential of this progression in 20 sessions which have 80 papers from all regions of the North Atlantic. Conference website Summary of papers Conference Programme (interactive) LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/north-atlantic-fiddle-organisation-convention-2012/ END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20120203T150000 DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20120203T170000 DTSTAMP:20180421T201621 CREATED:20111010T171302 LAST-MODIFIED:20130715T120434 UID:814@http://imusic.ie SUMMARY:Digital Tír na nÓg in 2010, NUI Maynooth DESCRIPTION:Digital Tír na nÓg in 2010: Keeping Traditional Music Forever Young? Issues of passion\, canon and change revealed in the compilation of The Companion to Irish Traditional Music. Music Department Seminar Series\, at National University of Ireland\, Maynooth. Friday\, 3 February 2012\, 3pm LOCATION:Rosemary Street URL:http://imusic.ie/event/digital-tir-na-nog-in-2010/ END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR