As I Roved Out: Traditional Song Conference

As I Roved Out:

Traditional Songs, Singers and Collections of Britain, Ireland and Beyond

3rd – 5th June 2022.

Venue – Irish World Academy of Music and Dance (University of Limerick)

Jointly organised by The Traditional Song Forum & The Traditional Song as Cultural Heritage Research Cluster


The event will start on the evening of 3 June with a reception, followed by dinner, and a singing session. A full day of papers on Saturday 4 June will be followed by a concert after dinner. On Sunday 5 June there will be another day of papers with a singing session in the evening. For those staying on for the Monday, there will be a singing tour of Limerick in the morning, with the possibility of a lunchtime session. There will also be a pop-up archive exhibit from the Irish Traditional Music Archive.

The main conference sessions will be streamed live and also recorded. Online participation is available at a reduced cost. The recordings will be available after the event for all who have bought tickets, but will not cover the concert or the sessions.

Register for the conference here. 

Online registration will close on June 2nd.

In-person registration registration closes May 27th.

PLEASE NOTE: The last day to book on-campus accommodation is May 20th. 



 TSF are offering bursaries for students and others under the age of thirty to attend the conference. There will be two bursaries of £130 for attendance in person at Limerick University, and another two bursaries of £15 each for online attendance.

If you qualify and would like to apply for one of the bursaries then please apply to the TSF Secretary,, giving some details of yourself and why you would like to attend the event. If you know of one of your students or another younger person who would benefit from this offer, then please pass on these details.


Accommodation Information: 

The University of Limerick is situated on a large campus outside Limerick City proper. We recommend booking conference accommodation on the campus itself, as otherwise you will need to commute to and from the conference venue.

On-campus accommodation is Bed and Breakfast. All rooms are modern ensuite bedrooms with double beds, and a shared dining and lounge area. We have rooms set aside for the conference, so you will share an apartment with other conference attendees. Rooms will all be within a two-minute walk of the conference venue and dining areas.


On-campus accommodation is €59 per night, for a single room, ensuite, B & B. €177 for 3 nights.

Book on-campus accommodation here.

If you would like to book double accommodation rooms, please email, and they will help you with booking.

If you would prefer to stay off campus, we recommend The Castletroy Park Hotel,  The Kilmurry Lodge, and the Castletroy Travelodge which are all quite close to campus; or The George Hotel or (if you’re looking for something fancy!) No. 1 Pery Square in Limerick City. Please be mindful that these latter options will require 15 – 30 min to reach campus. A full list of local hotels can be found here.


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The Traditional Song Forum is a national organisation based in the UK that brings together those interested in the research, collecting and performance of traditional song.

The Traditional Song as Cultural Heritage Research Cluster is a group of song scholars/ performers at the Irish World Academy, focused on performance, preservation and transmission of traditional song in Ireland.