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July 11– Washington DC –Public Lecture

July 11, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Gearoid O hAllmhurain Library of Congress“Flowing Tides: Musical Memory, History and Global Culture in County Clare, Ireland” 

    • July 11 TUESDAY (Botkin Folklife Lecture)
    • American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress:   Whittall Pavilion, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20540.
    • ACADEMIC LECTURE: followed by book signing and musical reception

The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress 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.

HOSTED BY the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, this free lecture will examine the sonic transformation of Irish music. By investigating the forces—indigenous, diasporic, virtual, prosthetic, Ó hAllmhuráin will reveal Ireland’s national and transnational soundscape during the past century.


Public Lecture

Professor Gear—id î hAllmhur‡in, MA, HDE, DUEF, MBA, Ph.D.
La Chaire Johnson en Žtudes canado-irlandaises au QuŽbec
Johnson Chair in Quebec and Canadian Irish Studies
School of Canadian Irish Studies, Concordia University.

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.


July 11, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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American Folklife Center


American Folklife Center
Library of Congress 101 Independence Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20540-4610 United States
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