North Atlantic Fiddle Convention
Conference Schedule

 

Registration and attendance at the conference is free.

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Wednesday
Link to Wednesday Conference Zoom Meeting is here.

 

9.30am – Panel 1 – GENDERED FIDDLES

Jasmine McMorran (Independent scholar)

      • “Don’t Keep The Fiddle From Her”: a brief overview of women fiddling and composing in 19th and 20th century Cape Breton

Adèle Commins (Dundalk Institute of Technology)

      • The Boss’s Daughters: Women of the Gardiner Fiddle Tradition

Ellie Níc Fhionnghaile (Dundalk Institute of Technology)

      • Fidléir an Ghaeltacht? – the influence of Gaeltacht fiddle players on Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh’s commercial recordings

11.30 am – Panel 2 – NATIONAL MELODIES, GLOBAL HARMONY? IDENTITY, AGENCY, AND YOUTH CULTURAL PRODUCTION AT ETHNO-WORLD CAMPS

Laura Risk (University of Toronto)

      • Discourses of Personal and National Authenticity at Ethno-World Youth Music Camps

Keegan Manson-Curry (University of Toronto)

      • Sound Mapping and the Production of Place-Based Identities at Ethno-World

Roger Mantie and Pedro Tironi (University of Toronto)

      • Moral Accountability in Cultural Production

11.30am – Panel 3 – LEGACIES

Conor Arkins (University College Cork)

      • Taking Flight: Exploring the Life and Music of Bobby Casey.

Jane McMorran (East Tennessee State University)

      • The Musical Legacy of Ron Gonnella, Scottish Fiddler: 1930-1994

Stuart Eydmann (University of Edinburgh)

      • Jock Ritchie of Inverkeithing, Fife: A fiddler and his music in the early folk music revival in Scotland.

Keynote (6:00pm – 7:00pm)

Professor Sven Ahlbäck

“We hear what we know” - On the power of concepts and how traditional fiddle music in contemporary society can benefit from folk music theory.

Watch here. 

 

Thursday
Link to Thursday Conference Zoom meeting is here.

 

9.30am – Panel 4 – HISTORICAL CONTINUITIES AND CHANGE

Mick Brown (Independent scholar)

        • Traditional Music of Southwest Donegal: Context, Provenance and Continuity

Rosa Michaelson (University of St. Andrews)

        • Kerr’s Merry Melodies: change and continuity in industrial Glasgow

Patricia Ballantyne (University of Aberdeen), Mats Melin (Irish World Academy at UL)

        • Seann Triubhas or Shean Trews: Popular Scottish dance culture and its relationship with Scottish Gaelic culture and language.

 

11.30am – Panel 5 – PRACTICE AS RESEARCH

Marta Cook (Independent scholar)

        • Jenny Picking Cockles: Performance-Based Research on the Irish Harp

Gaila Kirdienė (Vytautas Magnus University)

          • Traditional Fiddling Practice as Research: the Lithuanian Approach

Claire Egan (Irish World Academy at UL)

            • The Art of Musical Gesture: A case study in the collaborative interactions between and Irish traditional fiddle player and an Irish traditional dancer

 

11.30am – Panel 6 – REGIONS

Sophie Lavoie (Independent scholar)

          • Fiddlers of Saguenay (Quebec): The Art of Finding Originality on Common Ground

Bridget O’Connell (Waterford Institute of Technology)

          • Fiddle Style Versus Fiddle Sound: Observing Newfoundland Fiddle Playing in the 21st Century.

Karin L. Eriksson (Linnaeus University, Sweden)

        • Aural/Oral transmission – prerequisite for defining 'folk music'?

Friday
Link to Friday Conference Zoom meeting is here.

 

9.30am – Panel 4 – GLOBALISATIONS

Rosa Pampillo (Aveiro Univeristy, Portugal)

        • Rethinking the Galician Fiddle: from Galicia to the Planet

Luis Moretto (King’s College)

        • Kriolu contradance fiddle playing in a Cape Verdean diasporic community

Alexandra Ustyugova (Moscow P. Jurgenson Music School)

        • Features design of the medieval fiddles from North-West of Russia

 

11.30am – Panel 8 – CROSS CULTURES, CROSS GENRES

Paul Clesham (University College Cork)

        • Exploring Cross-Cultural Creativity in Musical Arrangement: A Case Study of Violinists Lucia MacPartlin and Maria Ryan

Carrie Erving (Irish World Academy at UL)

        • On Creating a ‘Hybrid’ Sound: Multi-genre Music in the Irish Traditional Music Space

Colm Kelly (Irish World Academy at UL)

        • Etymology for Musicians: An autoethnographic analysis of a Jazz Guitarist learning Folk Fiddle

 

11.30am – Panel 9 – AESTHETIC TRANSFORMATIONS

Adrian Scahill (Maynooth University)

        • ‘Damned traditional’ fiddlers, string bands, and orchestras: fiddlers as dance musicians during the Gaelic Revival (c1900–1927)

Anne Lederman (Independent scholar)

        • “There’s no room to breathe in that music”: Popular Tunes Transformed by the Indigenous Aesthetic

Chelsey Zimmerman (Irish World Academy at UL)

        • Fiddling on the Vaudeville Stage: Irish Traditional Music and American Popular Entertainment in the 19th and 20th Centuries

 

Saturday
Link to Saturday Conference Zoom Meeting is here.

 

9.30am – Panel 10 – SCOTTISH TRADITIONS

Daithí Kearney (Dundalk Institute of Technology)

        • My Brigadoon Moment: Distinguishing Between Heritage and Tradition in Fochabers

Dir: Xian Wei Desmond Ooi and Daithí Kearney (Dundalk Institute of Technology)

        • Film: Finding Fochabers

Gregory Hansen (Arkansas State University)

        • Fiddling Around with Tradition in Folklore and Heritage Studies

 

11.30am – Panel 11 – MELODIC AND MUSICOLOGICAL ANALYSES

Anthony Cahill (Irish World Academy at UL)

        • ‘Connection with the song’: examining the representation of sean-nós singing style in a traditional fiddle player’s adaptation of Port na bPucaí

Jean Duval, (Independent scholar)

        • The Irish influence on traditional fiddle music in Quebec

Seán Doherty, Dublin City University

        • Melodic Structures in Irish Traditional Dance Tunes

 

11.30am – Panel 12 – MUSICAL EXPERIENCE

Cormac Byrne (Irish World Academy at UL)

        • Remote collaboration in the time of COVID: exploring traditional Irish fiddle and bodhrán composition

Claire Watts (Irish World Academy at UL)

        • Covid Concerts – The Changing Nature of Performance Practice

Olivia Barry (Irish World Academy at UL)

        • Turning to the Nature of the Lived Experience: Exploring the Intersections Between Phenomenological and Arts Practice Research Methodologies

Mark Slobin (Wesleyan University)

      • Stability and Mobility in the Yiddish Song