TradSong Report: Spring 2018
TradSong members had a busy Spring semester. Take a look at what we’ve been doing:
In January Sandra Joyce joined Academy Associate Director, Niall Keegan, as well as a number of Academy alumni, at a UL focused event at the Irish Arts Centre, New York on January 24th, 2018. Traditional singers and Irish Traditional Music Performance MA alumni Carrie Erving and Ashley Davis performed traditional songs in English and Irish. The event was organised by UL International Office and curated by Sandra and Niall.
In February the Irish World Academy hosted the ICTM conference, which included a number of papers by Tradsong Members:
- Ciara Thompson delivered a paper entitled “Memories of a Voiceless Narrative: Evidence of the Caregivers’ Voice within Irish Traditional Lullabies” at the ICTM Ireland Conference. The paper explored a number of Irish-language lullabies, examining their lyrics in terms of the caregiver, rather than the child.
- Kara O’Brien delivered a paper entitled “Merrily As She Trips the Plane: Metaphor and Symbology in Irish Hare-Hunting Songs” at the ICTM Ireland Conference. The paper explored the ways in which metaphor and symbology serve to add layered meanings to Ireland’s hunting songs.
- Róisín Ni Ghallóglaigh delivered a paper entitiled “‘An tSeanbhean Bhocht’ and the Moneys Bill Dispute 1752-1756” at the ICTM Ireland Conference. The paper discussed various versions of ‘An tSeanbhean Bhocht’ and the song’s use as both a bawdy song and a political satire.
Tradsong was also delighted to congratulate our own Eamonn Costello, both for his fantastic work in organising the ICTM conference, and on his promotion to Chair of ICTM Ireland.
Across the Atlantic Carrie Dike delivered a paper entitled “Evolving Continuity: An Exploration of the ‘Traditional’ in the Clare Festival of Traditional Singing,” at The Society for Ethnomusicology, Southern California and Hawaii Chapter Conference. The paper used the Clare Festival of Traditional Singing to illustrate that a deconstruction and reconstruction of tradition can help ensure the sustainability of the social life of Irish traditional singing.
March saw Tradsong scholar Ciara Thompson paper, “The Mason’s Word: Balladry within Lullabies” accepted for publication in the Kommission für Volksdichtung’s (International Ballad Commission) upcoming special edition journal, through Palermo’s Museo Internazionale delle Marionette. Ciara also collaborated with Ceara Conway as member of the water ensemble in her performance project, “Dóchas/Hope.” This 20 minute video performance was commissioned as part of “Ó Chill Chaoil go Carna” with Oireachtas na Gaeilge, with support from The Arts Council, Waterways Ireland and FLAG West.
Also in March Kara O’Brien attended the Inishowen Singing Festival in Ballyliffin, Donegal, as a bursary recipient. This festival showcases the finest in traditional singing, featuring singers from all around Ireland, as well as England, Scotland, and abroad.
Additionally, Karan Casey’s ongoing work with FairPlé has gained international attention over the month. She took part in the IWA’s Music Industry Day on March 8th, speaking both about FairPlé and her experience as a songwriter. To learn more about FairPlé’s spectacular work, please visit https://www.fairple.com.
In April, Karan Casey completed the first performance of her Arts Practice PhD. Her research is looking into how her own creativity is expressed through her performance of song.
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