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Lisa Shields

Lisa Shields, a graduate in modern languages from Trinity College Dublin, worked for the Irish Meteorological Service for many years as Librarian / Translator. Since the 1990s she has been a session player of the anglo concertina and a student of the uilleann pipes.


Following  her marriage to Hugh Shields, she accompanied him on many of his field-recording expeditions. Together with Hugh she edited ITMA’s second volume from the 19th-century James Goodman manuscripts: Tunes of the Munster Pipers, completing the work after Hugh’s final illness. After Hugh’s death she edited for ITMA his unpublished book (with 3 CDs) All the Days of His Life: Eddie Butcher in His Own Words. Songs, Stories and Memories of Magilligan, Co Derry.

Lisa has made an invaluable editorial contribution to the Dusty Bluebells Exhibition. She has provided detailed information on the materials included in the project and guided the narrative on the chronology and descriptions. She has identified and processed the sound recordings and added Roud numbers to the individual song notes. Lisa has also created the 2019 PDF edition of Dusty Bluebells, an amalgamation of Hugh’s 1971 and 1975 versions of the text, and included her own 1970s pen-and-ink illustrations.

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