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Judith Guthrie’s Jig, RTÉ Radio 1, Ireland

15 April, 2012
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Dublin, Ireland

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 …

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