Cathal McConnell Collection

ITMA Artist Liaison Officer Alan Woods and Executive Assistant Kyle Macaulay travelled to Edinburgh this month to collect the second tranche of Cathal McConnell’s generous donation to the Irish Traditional Music Archive.

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Cathal McConnell, Edinburgh, January 2023. Photo: Alan Woods

Cathal donated three large boxes, totaling 668 commercial & non-commercial cassettes for digitisation and cataloguing. This collection contains a wealth of significant private recordings that capture prominent figures in traditional music from the north of Ireland. A previous donation of 66 cassettes was received from McConnell in August 2022.

Alan and Kyle also captured the second of two short interviews featuring McConnell. The first interview took place in August 2022 on ITMA's first visit to Scotland. This important set of field recordings give a glimpse into Cathal’s life, musical influences and his unique approach to flute playing, whistle playing and singing.

Cathal McConnell with his collection, Edinburgh, January 2023. Photo: Alan Woods

ITMA would like to thank Cathal for his donation to the archive as well as Sharon Creasy, Déirdre Ní Mhathúna and Duncan Woods for their instrumental work in connecting ITMA with this material.