TradSong Research Cluster

TradSong Monthly Report: December 2018

December was a busy month for TradSong. Here’s what we’ve been up to:

  • TradSong researchers Róisín Ní Ghalloglaoigh and Sandra Joyce facilitated a meeting of the Arts Council of Ireland funded project, Songs for Our Children, at UL on December 2nd.  This project, curated by Aileen Lambert and Michael Fortune, features new compositions of traditional songs for children and aims to revitalise and contribute to the development of this aspect of the traditional song repertoire.  Participants include Karan Casey, Ceara Conway, Anne Rynne, Larry Joy, John Tunney, Nóirín Lynch, Máire Ní Chróinín, James McDonald, and Catherine Ann Cullen. The project will culminate in a number of key performances featuring the newly composed material.
  • Róisín Ní Ghalloglaoigh began a residency at Tradoodle, which will include developing a piece for children using a combination of traditional music and song, and puppetry. She will work with Julie Tiernan (community musician and traditional artist) and Emma Fisher (puppeteer) to create a performance piece aimed at children in Direct Provision.
  • TradSong researcher Ciara Thompson is currently compiling lullabies transcribed by Joyce as part of her research on the significance of traditional lullabies in current Irish society. She is currently seeking out individuals who would be interested in discussing these songs in an interview setting. If you feel that you could contribute to Ciara’s research and would like to participate, please contact her at, and she will be in touch shortly.
  • Please follow TradSong on Twitter (@trad_song) for the latest information and events!

Traditional song has been one of the core activities of the Irish World Academy since its inception.  Song scholars/performers engaged in research at the Academy have been presenting papers at local and international symposia and conferences for some years and from these roots the research cluster TradSong has formed.  Launched at a special song symposium in October 2015, TradSong reflects the traditional song interests of staff and students at the Academy.  Grounded in academia the cluster is focused on performance, preservation and transmission of traditional song in Ireland.

TradSong’s mission is to provide a forum for sharing expertise on Irish traditional song and related areas.  With performance at the heart of our scholarship we engage with Irish song communities and academics through meetings, symposia, performances and conferences.  There will be an emphasis on producing publications and other events that embrace the wider Irish traditional song community as well as international scholars.  While our current focus is on the Irish and related song traditions, we warmly welcome any scholar who has an interest in our events.


Current Cluster Members


Sandra Joyce
Éamonn Costello
Róisín Ní Ghallóglaigh
        Ciara Thompson
Kara O’Brien
Mary Mclaughlin