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Brown University Public Lecture Sept 14 (Providence, RI)

September 14, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Brown University Music Department


Global Currents, Local Tides: Re-Imagining Irish Traditional Music in the Twenty-First Century

Thursday, September 14, 2017  (6:30-8:30pm)


Organizer Hogg, Sheila (401-954 3365) or Prof. Marc Perlman

Brown University Orwig Music Building Rm. 109
1 Young Orchard Avenue (corner of Hope/Young Orchard St).
Providence, RI 02912
(401) 863-3234

illustrated lecture and performance: followed by book signing and musical reception

Brown University Music Department

public lecture

Brown University presents a public lecture by award-winning Irish musician, ethnomusicologist and cultural historian Professor Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin.

Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin’s most recent book Flowing Tides– History and Memory in an Irish Soundscape (Oxford University Press, 2016) takes the reader on a fascinating journey across 200 years of music in County Clare.

Explore the historical events–from the Napoleon Wars to the modern Celtic Tiger era, the ‘cultural currents’, and musical characters that shaped the beloved traditional music of County Clare.

SPECIAL GUEST LECTURE: Free & open to the public
Department of Music at Brown University welcomes
Professor Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin
Johnson Chair of Irish Music (Concordia University in Montreal)

TITLE “Global Currents, Local Tides: Re-Imagining Irish Traditional Music in the Twenty-First Century.”

Irish traditional music is one of the most popular World Music genres of our time. Nurtured by Irish and non-Irish musicians throughout the world and patronized by audiences in diverse social and cultural settings, this ancient art is one of Ireland’s most enduring and defining cultural products.
Although its eponymous home on the island of Ireland is still its creative centre of gravity, Irish “trad music” has expanded far beyond its former ethnic, spatial, class and political boundaries. This lecture will explore this sonic transformation from the “inside out” and the “outside in,” investigating the rhizomorphic forces—indigenous, diasporic, virtual, prosthetic—that forged Ireland’s national and transnational soundscape during the past century.

For further information, visit: http://www.drgearoid.com/


Public Lecture

Ó hAllmhuráin’s popular Pocket History of Irish Traditional Music (O’Brien Press, Dublin, 1998) remains one of the top-selling books on Irish music and is enjoyed by music fans and students around the world.

Now, his Short History of Irish Traditional Music (O’Brien Press, Dublin, 2017) takes the reader on through the exciting evolution of Irish traditional music in recent decades.

Since 2009, Professor Ó hAllmhuráin has held  The Johnson Chair in Québec and Canadian Irish Studies in The School of Irish Studies at Concordia University in Montréal, Québec.

From 2000-2009, Ó hAllmhuráin was The Jefferson Smurfit Professor of Irish Studies and Professor of Music at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. For many years, he ran the UM-SL Irish Music Concert Series.


Brown University Music Department
1 Young Orchard Avenue (Orwig Music Building, Room 109)
Providence, NY 02912
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