Recent Publications & Acquisitions, March 2021

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

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Face mask acquired in March 2021 for the ITMA small artefacts collection.

Commercial Sound Recordings

Alderson, Isaac (flute) and Dylan Foley (fiddle). The Palace sessions. Isaac Alderson and Dylan Foley, 2017. Digital download.

Armstrong, Valerie (harp). False bride. Valerie Armstrong, 2021. 1 CD.

Caporuscio, Gabriele (instrumental music). Stranger at the gate. Gabriele Caporuscio, 2020. 1 CD + digital download.

Collis, Aaron (accordion) and Emilia Bartellas (fiddle). Aaron Collis and Emilia Bartellas. Aaron Collis and Emilia Bartellas, 2013. 1 CD.

Diamond, Danny (fiddle) and Brian Miller (guitar, bouzouki). Let fly. Danny Diamond and Brian Miller DD 04 BM, 2021. 1 CD.

Donnellan, Cli (fiddle). Beneath the hedgerow. Cliodhna Donnellan CD002, 2020. 1 CD.

Dorward, Doug (fiddle). Waves. Doug Dorward, 2016. 1 CD.

Finlayson, Cady (fiddle). Celtic purple. Cady Finlayson, 2019. Digital download.

Finlayson, Cady (fiddle). Harp and shamrock. Cady Finlayson, 2004. Digital download.

Finlayson, Cady (fiddle). Irish coffee. Cady Finlayson, 2007. Digital download.

Finlayson, Cady (fiddle). Shines like silver. Cady Finlayson, 2002. Digital download.

Lilt (instrumental music). X: Irish traditional music. Tina Eck & Keith Carr, 2019. 1 CD.

McLeod, Gordon (fiddle). Still fiddlin’. Gordon McLeod, 2021. Digital download.

Molloy, Ryan (piano). Tempered. Ryan Molloy RMCD002, 2021. 1 CD + digital download.

Nesbitt, Karl (instrumental music). Return. Karl Nesbitt, 2021.

O’Donnell, Teresa and Mary Louise O’Donnell (harp). Heavenly harps, heavenly cloths. Mary Louise & Teresa O’Donnell, 2020. 1 CD.

Ó Raghallaigh, Micheál (concertina). The nervous man. Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh, 2001. Digital download.

Reel Bach Consort (instrumental music). Bach, give us a tune! Reel Bach Consort, 2017. Digital download.

Reel Bach Consort (instrumental music). Quodlilbet. Reel Bach Consort, 2009. 1 CD + digital download.

The Road North (instrumental music). Silver on wood. The Road North, 2021. Digital download.

Ship in the Clouds (instrumental music). Ship in the clouds. Ship in the Clouds, 2020. Digital download.

Various (instrumental music). The local: Déise sessions. The Local LOC001, 2021. 1 CD.

Ward, Lisa (fiddle). Utopia. Lisa Ward, 2021. Digital download.

Printed Materials

Bays, Randal.  The humours of Cascadia: original compositions plus a few thoughts on playing Irish fiddle music. Washington: Randal Bays, 2021. 72 pp. ISBN 9780578825007 (pbk).

Bennet, Caroline. “'To its own proper tune': finding tunes for British broadside ballad.” The making of a broadside ballad. n.d. Webpage.

Bradburd, Rus. “Irish fiddler Gerry O'Connor.” Fiddler magazine 28, no. 1 (2021): 8–10.

Brennan, Niamh. “Paying tribute to our friend and colleague Clíona Ní Shúilleabháin.” Trinity College Dublin, 24 February 2021. Online article.

Burtenshaw, Ronan. Ireland’s red troubadour [Luke Kelly]. Jacobin, 17 March 2018. Online article.

Byrne, Cormac. Review of ‘The bodhrán: experimentation, innovation, and the traditional Irish frame drum’ by Colin F. Harte (Knoxville: The University of Tennessee Press, 2020). Ethnomusicology Ireland 7 (2021): Online article.

Casey, Karan. “Truth is the daughter of time.” Ethnomusicology Ireland 7 (2021): Online article.

Chadwick, Simon. “Bonny Portmore.” Simon Chadwick. Posted 27 February 2021. Blog post.

Commins, Verena.  “The man and his music”: gender representation, cultural capital and the Irish traditional music canon.” Ethnomusicology Ireland 7 (2021): Online article.

Crean, Éilís. This is your life: a celebration of Eddie Kelly and East Galway Irish music tradition. Tennessee: The Irish gift, 2019. 98 pp. (pbk).

Cusack, Joanne. “Commercialisation, Celtic and women in Irish traditional music.” Ethnomusicology Ireland 7 (2021): Online article.

Denvir, Síle. “I lár an aonaigh: iniúchadh ar an athmhíniú agus an taibhléiriú a déantar ar amhráin dhúchasacha Gaeilge in Éirinn agus in Albain i gcomhthéacs nua-aimseartha.” PhD thesis, University of Limerick, 2012. Online thesis.

Doherty, Liz. “The TradLABB: a framework for the life-long learning journey of the Irish traditional musician.” All Ireland journal of higher education 13, no. 1 (2021): Online article.

Egan, Patrick. Review of ‘Sounding dissent: rebel songs, resistance, and Irish republicanism,’ by Stephen R. Millar (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2020). Ethnomusicology forum 29, no. 2 (2020): 261–264.

Falkenau, Anna. Review of ‘Music as creative practice,’ by Nicholas Cook (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018). Ethnomusicology Ireland 7 (2021): Online article.

Fallon, Donal. Review of ‘The living voice: the Frank Harte song collection,’ by Terry Moylan (Dublin: Craft Recordings, 2020). History Ireland 29, no. 2 (2021): 67–69.

Haines, Simon. “Josephine March [interview].” The living tradition 138 (2021): 27.

Haines, Simon. “Carl Hession [interview].” The living tradition 137 (2021): 38–42.

Harkin, Treasa. “A linked-data subject thesaurus for Irish traditional music, song and dance.” MA thesis, University College Dublin, 2020.

Harrison, Michael, and Grace Toland, ed. “Aggie Whyte (1920–1979) #IWD2021.” Irish Traditional Music Archive. Posted 8 March 2021. Blog post.

Heywood, Fiona. “Maire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman [interview].” The living tradition 138 (2021): 34–37.

Heywood, Fiona. “Éilís Kennedy [interview].” The living tradition 137 (2021): 14–16.

Heywood, Fiona. Review of ‘In nearly every house: Irish traditional musicians of North Connacht,’ by Gregory Daly & James Fraher (Dublin: Bogfire, 2021). The living tradition 138 (2021): 62.

Iyer, Pavithra, and Chhaya Singh. “Website usability testing for ITMA – Irish Traditional Music Archive.” MA thesis, University College Dublin, 2020.

Jenkins, Richard. “The unfortunate rake’s progress: a case study of the construction of folklore by collectors and scholars.” Folklore 130, no. 2 (2019): Online article.

Kerr, Barry, and Grace Toland, ed. “A stone upon a stone.” Irish Traditional Music Archive. Posted 14 March 2021. Blog post.

Mac Aoidh, Caoimhín “The hidden note: give a saint a fish” Fiddler magazine 28, no. 1 (2021): 40–42.

Mac Aoidh, Caoimhín. “The hidden note: when folklore misses the mark.” Fiddler magazine 27, no. 4 (2021): 46–47.

Mac Mathúna, Lorcán. An bhuatais & the meaning of life: the mythological of hope, longing, and fire. [S.l.]: [The Arts Council], 2020. 104 pp. (hbk + 1 CD).

Miller, Brian. “The Doherty family: Irish music in sound and story from Scott County and St. Paul, Minnesota.” Celtic junction arts review 14 (2021): Online article.

Mollenhauer, Jeanette. “Stepping to the fore: the promotion of Irish dance in Australia.” Scene 8, no. 1–2 (2020): Online article.

Monaghan, Úna. “121 stories: the impact of gender on participation in Irish traditional music.” Ethnomusicology Ireland 7 (2021): Online article.

Monaghan, Una. “New technologies and experimental practices in contemporary Irish traditional music: a performer-composer's perspective.” PhD thesis, Queen’s University Belfast, 2014.

Ní Fhuartháin, Méabh. “Women and traditional/folk music: building a research field.” Ethnomusicology Ireland 7 (2021): Online article.

Ní Shíocháin, Tríona. “Mother music: socially embedded creative practice and the marketisation of Irish traditional music.” Ethnomusicology Ireland 7 (2021): Online article.

Noone, Matthew James. “Reclaiming the mongrel: a practice based exploration of Irish and Indian musical sympathies.” PhD thesis, University of Limerick, 2016. Online thesis.

O’Connor, Anne. The blessed and the damned: sinful women and unbaptised children in Irish folklore. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2005. 253 pp. ISBN 3039105418 (pbk).

Contents include:

  • “Legends of the damned: the unrepentant child murderess, ‘Petticoat loose’ and sister spirits.”

O’Connor, Liam, and Grace Toland, ed. “Unheard Michael Coleman recordings.” Irish Traditional Music Archive. Posted 14 February 2021. Blog post.

Ó hUiginn, Brian. “Creolisation in music traditions: South Connemara, the Scottish Western Isles and Francophone Louisiana.” PhD thesis, Technological University Dublin, 2016. Online thesis.

Ó Macháin, Pádraig. “Cnuasach amhrán Liam Uí Lubaigh.” Tipperary historical journal (2003): 141–153.

Palmer, Neil & Adele Gregory. Obituary of Willie Haines. The living tradition 138 (2021): 11.

Peat, Radie, and Grace Toland, ed. “Radie Peat.” Irish Traditional Music Archive. Posted 3 February 2020. Blog post.

Phelan, Helen, and Graham F. Welch, eds. SEMPRE studies in the psychology of music.  The artist and academia. Oxfordshire & New York: Routledge, 2021. xiii+252 pp. ISBN 9781138359116 (hbk).

Contents include:

  • Aileen Dillane. “Protest, subversion and critical citizenship: reflections on an Irish singer-songwriter.”
  • Catherine Foley. “Contesting and negotiating hegemonic discourses: constructing and developing a master’s programme in Irish traditional dance performance within a university context.”
  • Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin. “Cultural redress and the growth of love: a guided autoethnography.”
  • Orfhlaith Ní Bhriain, Tríona McCaffrey, Amanda Clifford, Joanne Shanahan, Olive Beecher and Hilary Moss. “Collaborating knowledge sharing for mind and body: celebrating the role of arts in health.”

Rivera Ángel, Emmanuel. “An approach to Irish harping for pedal harpists through Anne-Marie O'Farrell's 'AirDance’.” MA thesis, Maynooth University, 2020.

Ryan, Paula. “Unheard.” Ethnomusicology Ireland 7 (2021): Online article.

Sharpe, Richard, and Mícheál Hoyne. Clóliosta: printing in the Irish language, 15711871: an attempt at narrative bibliography. Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 2020. xxxiii+1181 pp. ISBN 9781855002449 (pbk).

Slominski, Tes. “Taming “the tradition bear”: reflections on gender, sexuality and race in the transmission of Irish traditional music.” Ethnomusicology Ireland 7 (2021): Online article.

Smyth, Gerry. Sailor song: the shanties and ballads of the high sea. Great Britain: British Library, 2021. 160 pp. ISBN 9780712353700 (hbk).

Thompson, Ciara. “The (non-)gendered practice of Irish traditional lullabies.” Ethnomusicology Ireland 7 (2021): Online article.

Toland, Grace. “Drawing from the Well 2021.” Irish Traditional Music Archive. Posted 2 February 2021. Blog post.

Waltham, John. “Macdara Yeates' tribute to Liam Weldon.” The living tradition 137 (2021): 8.

Wilson, Natalya Catton. Review of ‘The living voice: the Frank Harte song collection,’ by Terry Moylan (Dublin: Craft Recordings, 2020). EDS = English dance & song : the magazine of the English Folk Dance & Song Society 83, no. 1 (2021): 27.


John Blessing manuscript containing tunes from his time with St. Joseph's Pipe Band, Aughavas, Co. Leitrim, 1954. Donated by John Lee. 

Two non-commercial video recordings and four images relating to Irish music in Leeds. Donated by Conor MacMahon.

Two digital video files featuring Willie Keane. Donated by Caitlín Nic Gabhann.

One VHS and one Super8 video tape featuring Willie Keane. Loaned for digitisation by Antóin Mac Gabhann.

Two VHS video tapes and one scrapbook of photographs featuring Willie Keane. Loaned for digitisation by Carmel Greene.

One VHS video tape featuring Willie Keane. Loaned for digitisation by Peggy Monahan.

One digital video file featuring Willie Keane. Donated by Cois na hAbhna CCÉ.

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: Emilia Bartellas, Yvonne Casey, Zoё Conway, Éilís Crean, Kevin Conneff, Danny Diamond, Cli Donnellan, Tina Eck, Michael Harrison, Treasa Harkin, Martin Hayes, Pavithra Iyer & Chhaya Singh, John Keane, Tony Kearns, Barry Kerr, Niall MacDonagh, The estate of Cecilia McGovern via Alice Gallagher, Conall Mac Ionnraic, Conor Mac Mahon, Christy McNamara, Ryan Molloy, Una Monaghan, Kieran O’Brien, Fr John Quinn and Eithne Ryan.