A prolific writer and international speaker, Professor Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin is a leading authority on Irish traditional music, history and culture. An author, cultural historian, social anthropologist, and ethnomusicologist, he is also a five time World Champion Irish traditional musician on concertina, uilleann pipes and a former member of the legendary Kilfenora Céilí Band. He is currently The Johnson Chair in Québec and Canadian Irish Studies in The School of Irish Studies, Concordia University, Montréal, Québec, Canada.
God, Crown and Country: Clare’s Soundscape in the Age of Rebellion
Although Clare enjoys a singular reputation as a storehouse of Irish traditional music, little has been written about the genesis of this soundscape, or the seminal events that shaped it during Ireland’s prolonged Age of Rebellion. Clare music making owes much to the combined sonic signatures of Irish revolutionary nationalism, the Catholic Church, and the military bands of British garrisons stationed throughout the county in the years leading up the Rising of 1916. Focusing on the sounds of rebellion, as opposed to the written records of rebellion, this illustrated lecture will examine the eclectic roles of music and music makers in Clare’s transformation from colonial outpost to revolutionary county.
Flowing Tides: History and Memory in an Irish Soundscape
- First study that combines historical research with the contemporary voices of oral music historians
- Presents an insider perspective on the music and history of Clare, Ireland
- Based on thirty years of fieldwork in Ireland and among Irish diasporic communities in the United States and Britain