Public Lecture: 2017 MAY 17 (Dublin)

Public Lecture

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

The Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute series 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 TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN, this free lecture will examine the sonic transformation of Irish music, investigating the rhizomorphic forces—indigenous, diasporic, virtual, prosthetic—that forged 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.  His Short History of Irish Traditional Music (O’Brien Press, Dublin, 2017) updates the reader on changes in the world of Irish traditional music in the 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.

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