Archive staff have operated an annual programme of audio and video field and studio recording of singers, musicians and dancers, since 1993.
The resulting recordings are being systematically transferred to CD or DVD and catalogued, and many are already available for consultation in the Archive. Given sufficent notice and dependent on staff resources, the Archive can transfer original field recordings to user-friendly formats for reference listening within the Archive.
Before the move to 73 Merrion Square, space constraints temporarily made studio recording increasingly unviable but field recording practices were expanded to include VHS, and more recently DVCAM (Digital Video Camera) recording. All Archive field recordings from 2000–2010 have been transferred to DVD and are now available for public consultation.
ITMA staff, with Clare FM and Raidió na Gaeltachta personnel, recording at the Willie Clancy Summer School, July 2004.
Photo © Tony Kearns