Board

The operations of the Archive are directed by a Board of directors, who have performing, collecting, broadcasting, archival, financial, marketing and management experience. One third of the members is replaced annually by election.

Dermot McLaughlin
Chairman

Dermot McLaughlin, from Derry, is a traditional fiddle player. He works as a management consultant and as a musician (mainly solo performance and teaching). Dermot is also involved in recording, producing, filming and presenting music, and he writes and lectures on the subject.  Dermot is currently Chairman of ITMA and he has served on the boards of a number of companies including the Irish Theatre Institute, Irish Architecture Foundation, Rough Magic Theatre Company, Cairdeas na bhFidiléirí and Scoil Cheoil Frankie Kennedy.

Dr Siobhán Ní Laoire

Dr Siobhán Ní Laoire is Lecturer in Irish and Chair of MA sa Ghaeilge Fheidhmeach/MA in Applied Irish in Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) where she has also served as Head of Dept. of Languages. She previously held positions in Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (1991-2005). She is interested in all aspects of traditional music, particularly song.

Tom Sherlock

Dublin-born Tom Sherlock has worked as a full-time music business professional since 1982 when he began employment with leading Irish folk music label Claddagh Records. Since 1997 Tom has worked in music management and event consultancy. He has represented many of the leading Irish traditional music acts among them Altan, Liam O'Flynn, The Poet and the Piper (Seamus Heaney & Liam O'Flynn), Karan Casey, Seamus Begley, Lynched, Usher’s Island, Lunasa, Paddy Glackin and Roisin Elsafty among others.

As an agent and promoter he has presented Riverdance, The Chieftains and The Dubliners a number of times and has worked with most of the worlds leading Arts and Folk Music festivals .He has wide experience of organizing tours in the USA, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Japan, China, Australia and has worked in most European countries.

Tom has a long-standing working relationship with two of Europe's largest folk music festivals: The Guinness Irish Festival in Switzerland  and Tonder Festival in Denmark as a programming consultant and advisor.  He previously was traditional music programmer of The Kilkenny Arts Festival for a  number of years. A contributor to the respected reference works The Encyclopedia of Ireland and The Companion to Irish Traditional Music, he is an occasional lecturer in music business at the University of Limerick and the University of Ulster. In 2012 he was Programme Manager of the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention in Derry and Donegal. In 2013. with Professor Rionach ui Ógáin of University College Dublin, he co-edited The Otherworld-Music & Song from Irish Tradition an illustrated book of folklore associated with otherworld belief and custom published by The Folklore Council of Ireland.

In 2011 he produced and presented a 6 part radio series entitled "Transmissions" that explored commanilities between various international folk musics-this ran successfully on RTE Radio 1. Previously he served as a Deis advisor to the Arts Council and has also worked in consultancy roles for the Government of Canada, the European Commission, the Department of Foreign Affairs( Ireland), The Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, ROSA and the Danish Roots amongst others. Tom currently serves, as treasurer, on the board of the Irish Traditional Music Archive in Dublin (http://www.itma.ie) and previously served at board level for Open House Festival in Belfast and the Dublin Folk Festival.

John Blake

An ex member of traditional group Teada, John has performed and recorded with the cream of Irish musicians including, John Carty, Paddy Glackin, Noel Hill, Liam O’Flynn, Jesse Smith, Harry Bradley, Colm Gannon, The Kane Sisters and James Kelly among others. Brought up in London, John was immersed in the vibrant Irish music scene at the time, and was tutored by famed teacher Brendan Mulkere. He moved to Ireland in 1998 and developed a reputation as an accompanist of note, racking up several album credits. He joined traditional band ‘Teada‘ in 2001 and toured with them for 3 years, at which point he got off the road and settled into a job in Na Píobairí Uilleann from 2004-2011. In 2013 John completed a Mmus Masters Degree in Performance in DIT, and released his debut solo album ‘The Narrow Edge‘ in December 2013. John is also a panel member of TG4's annual 'Gradam Ceoil' awards.

Tara Connaghan

Tara Connaghan is a highly regarded fiddle player from Glenties, Co. Donegal. She studied music at University College Cork and received a Masters in Irish Traditional Music Performance at the University of Limerick. She also completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Administration and a 3 year couse with Na Píobairí Uilleann in learning to make the Irish uilleann pipes.

She worked in arts administration and management from 2004 – 2013 in various positions such as Festival Director of the Éigse Carlow Arts Festival, Traditional Arts Specialist in the Arts Office of Clare County Council and as one of the Arts Council’s network of advisors for their traditional arts funding scheme Deis.

She returned home to Donegal in 2014 to work in the family business following the death of her father where she continues to play and work on creative projects.

Johnny McCarthy

Lecturer in Traditional Irish Music, Music Technology and Flute at Cork School of Music. Studied flute at the Cork School of Music. Well known in Ireland as both classical and traditional musician. Studied in Zurich, Switzerland under Prof. Jean Poulain, professor of flute at Konsrvatorium und Musikhochschule, Zurich, Switzerland. Was a member of and frequent performer with various ensembles and orchestras in Zurich, notably 'Sinfonietta Helvetica'. Performed extensively throughout Europe and US. 

​Clodach McGrory

Clodach McGrory is a traditional flute player and flute teacher based in Belfast.  She graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 1984 with an honours degree in Early and Modern Irish.  Clodach is a barrister holding a number of part-time judicial positions in Northern Ireland.  She is currently the Chairperson of the Sentence Review Commissioners NI.

Brian Montague

Brian Montague, originally from Belfast, is a Business investor with interests across a range of sectors including hospitality, commercial property and IT. Brian has played the fiddle from a young age with a particular interest in the Northern tradition. He lives in Dublin.

Dermot Diamond

Dermy comes from Belfast, and learned his early music from local players in Belfast, Antrim and Down, such as Andy Dickson and Gerry McCartney. Later, he and Tara travelled extensively across Ireland, playing and spending time with musicians from many parts of the country, particularly Clare, Cork, Kerry, Donegal and Fermanagh. He has played on several albums, including Thiar i nGleann Ceo (Albert Fry), Yahoo (Frankie Lane), and Lámh ar Lámh (with Pádraic Mac Mathúna). He was a participant in three Music Network tours, with, amongst others, Dolores Keane, John Faulkner, Paddy Keenan, Maighréad Ní Dhomhnaill, Fintan Vallely, Con Fada Ó Drisceoil and Charlie Harris.

Aoife Ní Bhriain

Aoife began studying the violin at an early age with teacher Maria Kelemen and played regularly as a member of Young European Strings.She has won competitions for both classical and traditional Irish music including 7 All Ireland Titles at the Fleadh Cheoil, Bonn Oir Sheáin Uí Riada 2010, Fiddler of Dooney 2009, various prizes at the ESB Feis Ceoil in Ireland, Sligo Feis Ceoil Instrumental Bursary 2010, the Bill Whealen IMRO Bursary 2010,The Alan Gillespie Ulster Bank Prize as part of the Camerata Ireland Young Musician of the Year Award 2011, the Campus Internazionale da Musica, Pontino Festival Young Musician Award and 2nd prize at the Concours International du Violon Marie Cantagrill. Most recently she has won a TG4 Gradam Ceoil, the most prestigious honour for Irish musicians for her input on the CD “Tunes from the Goodman Manuscripts” that she recorded with her father Mick O’ Brien and flautist Emer Mayock.  She is currently a student of Prof. Mariana Sirbu in the Hochschule fur Musik und Theater, Felix Mendelssohn, Leipzig.

Nuala O'Connor

In 1987, Nuala established Hummingbird Productions with Philip King to produce high quality music and arts documentary films. With Philip King she worked as producer and writer on the BBC’s 'Bringing It All Back Home' and is the author of the book which accompanied the series. Nuala won a Prime Time Emmy Award for writing a one-hour version of 'Bringing It All Back Home' for the Disney television channel in the US.
Nuala also sits on the governing body of UCC, and has worked as a traditional music reviewer for the Irish Times for many years.