Recent Publications & Acquisitions, July 2021

Listings of the latest publications and items of interest received in the ITMA collection in the last two months.

Rpa July 2021 Kellespie 1080X
CD Cover: The Sparkling Dawn / Hughie Gillespie & Frank Kelly

Commercial Sound Recordings

Na Ciotogi (instrumental music, singing in English). Live. Na Ciotogi, 2015. 1 CD.

Na Ciotogi (instrumental music, singing in English). Rose Corner studio sessions. Na Ciotogi, 2021. 1 CD + digital download.

Finnegan, Dearbhail (harp). Butterfly. Dearbhail Finnegan, 2008. Digital download.

Gillespie, Hughie (fiddle) and Frank Kelly (fiddle). The sparkling dawn. Frank Kelly, 2021. 1 CD.

McGinley, Martin (fiddle). Full circle. Martin McGinley, 2021. 1 CD.

O’Keeffe, Maurice. Festival 20th anniversary. Sliabh Luachra 2021. 1 CD + digital download.

Pólca an Rí (instrumental music). From Sliabh Moscó to Cathair Pheadair. Pólca an Rí, 2021. 1 CD + digital download.

Na Suibhnes = The Sweeneys (instrumental music). From Donegal to London. The Sweeneys, 2021. Digital download.

Printed Materials

Costello, Róisín Á. “The barbarian and the cart: law, citizenship and linguistic identity in Irish macaronic verse.” Law and humanities (19 July 2021). Online article.

Crawford, Sylvia. An introduction to old Irish harp playing techniques. Armagh: Simon Chadwick, 2021. 104 pp. ISBN 9781838489106 (pbk).

Cross, Vincent. “Writing the songs of our ancestors—a folk song writing process.” The living tradition 140 (2021): 51.

Crossey, Aidan. The Irish mandolin tunebook: volume 1. [S.l]: Aidan Crossey, 2021. (E-publication)

Crossey, Aidan. The Irish mandolin tunebook: volume 2. [S.l]: Aidan Crossey, 2021. (E-publication)

Donnelly, Seán. “A German visitor, an Irish harper, and a Dublin boot-maker: the background to a tale told by Arthur O’Neill.” Harp perspectives (July 2021). Online article.

Geringer, John M., Kasia Bugaj, Katie A. Geringer. “Irish fiddle and Western classical violin: listener perceptions and acoustical differences.” String research journal 11, no. 1 (2021): 5–17. Online article.

Haines, Simon. “Joe Derrane: accordion perfectionist and a consummate gentleman.” The living tradition 140 (2021): 10–14.

Heywood, Fiona. “Carmel Gunning: made in Sligo.” The living tradition 140 (2021): 18–22.

Huang, Rujing, and Bob L. T. Sturm. “Reframing “Aura”: authenticity in the application of AI to Irish traditional music” Conference paper at 2nd Conference on AI Music Creativity (online), 18–20 July 2021. Online paper.

Lenihan, Eddie. Defiant Irish women. Cork: Mercier Press, 2019. 256 pp. ISBN 9781781176986 (hbk).

Loughnane, Kathleen. “Finding a voice: performance research on the Irish harp.” Harp perspectives (June 2021). Online article.

McCloy, Sean. The given note: a memoir of my musical journey. Bellaghy: McCloy, 2021. 61 pp. (pbk). 

McGuinness, Martin J. Geordie Hanna: the man and his songs. Tyrone: The Geordie Hanna Traditional Singing Society, 2021. 256 pp. ISBN 9781527286733 (hbk).

Ní Chonghaile, Deirdre. Collecting music in the Aran Islands: a century of history and practice. Madison: The University of Wisconsin Press, 2021. 352 pp. ISBN 9780299332402 (hbk).

Ní Chonghaile, Deirdre, and Treasa Harkin, ed. “Sidney Robertson Cowell records in the Aran Islands and Conamara, 1955‑56.” Irish Traditional Music Archive. Posted 23 July 2021. Blog post. 

Ó Briain, Lonán. Review of Singing the rite to belong: music, ritual, and the new Irish, by Helen Phelan (New York: Oxford University Press, 2017). Ethnomusicology 65, no. 2 (2021): 390–392.

O’Connell, Pet. “Cork's greatest records: songs of an Irish Tinker lady, by Margaret Barry.Irish examiner, 15 July 2021. Online article.

Ó Grada, Cónal, and Treasa Harkin, ed. “Compositions by Conal Ó Gráda.” Irish Traditional Music Archive. Posted 29 June 2021. Blog post.

Rowsome, Kevin, Caitríona Rowsome, and Grace Toland, ed. “Leon Rowsome (1936–1994).” Irish Traditional Music Archive. Posted 30 June 2021. Blog post. 

Sturm, Bob L. T. “An artificial critic of Irish double jigs” Conference paper at 2nd Conference on AI Music Creativity (online), 18–20 July 2021. Online paper.

Uí Ógáin, Ríonach. Colm Ó Caodháin: an Irish singer and his world. [Cork]: Cork University Press, 2021. vii+ 280 pp. ISBN 9781782054313 (hbk + 1 CD). 

Vallely, Fintan. “Di-rum-ditherum-dan-dee: trauma and prejudice, conflict and change as reflections of societal transformation in the modern-day consolidation Irish traditional music” In Trauma and identity in contemporary Irish culture, ed. Melania Terrazas Gallego, 185–211. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2021. ISBN 9781789975574 (pbk). 

Woodfield, Ian. “Songs my mother taught me: new light on James Macpherson’s Ossian.” Journal of the Society for Musicology in Ireland 16 (2021): 3–32. Online article.


Original Pádraig O'Keeffe manuscripts, 1930s. Donated by Dáibhí Ó Cróinín.

Collection of VHS tapes of recordings at Fleadhanna Ceoil, 1990s and early 2000s. Donated by Fintan Reilly.

Extensive collection of mixed media including reel-to-reel tapes, sound cassettes, vinyl records, CDs etc. Donated by Meaití Jo Shéamuis Ó Fátharta.

Extensive collection of mixed media including reel-to-reel tapes, sound cassettes and CDs. Donated by Joan Mac Namara.

30 reel-to-reel tapes, 139 cassette tapes, 25 cine film reels, assorted photographs and ephemera. Donated by Eleanor Davis.

Three reel-to-reel tapes. Donated by Cathal Goan.

82 digital files of music from the Sliabh Luachra region/tradition. Donated by PJ Teahan on behalf of the 'Handed Down' Sliabh Luachra Archive.

Six video interviews conducted by Tom Mulligan with musicians such as Simon McBride, Kilian Flanagan, Dave & Daragh McFadden, Brian Duggan, Christy McCarthy and Colm & Claire McGrattan. Donated by Tom Mulligan.

Digital copy of an interview conducted by Philomena Daly with her mother Mary Doran. Mary Doran, a traveller lady, was a great-grandaughter of uilleann piper John Cash, and a first cousin of uilleann pipers Felix and Johnny Doran. Donated by Philomena Daly.

With thanks

ITMA would also like to acknowledge donations of materials (CDs, printed items, visual items, etc.), and other help and information from the following people and organisations: Nicholas Carolan, Carmel Gunning, Frank Kelly, Joe Mooney Summer School, David McMahon, Geoffrey Maher, Mick Mulcahy, Deirdre Ní Chonghaile, Fr John Quinn, Steve Roud