July 23rd - 29th 2022

Talk to an Irish Music Master

Collecting music in Ireland: stories and sounds from the Aran islands

Dr Deirdre Ní Chonghaile

60 mins

Wednesday July 27th

14:00 - 15:00 GMT +1

Event Overview

Archives of music arise from the practice of collecting music, which can be commercial or private, institutional or independent. They mark moments in time where music, media, and memory merge. Exploring how different music archives can inform our contemporary performance practice, this workshop focuses on vernacular music collected in the Aran Islands, off the west coast of Ireland. It considers manuscripts of music and Irish song lyrics transcribed in tandem by George Petrie and Eugene O'Curry in 1857 – the oldest extant source of music from Ireland's islands – as well as early sound recordings of island singers and poets. 

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