Recent Publications & Acquisitions, November 2019

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

Cover of Life, lore and song: essays in Irish tradition in honour of Ríonach uí Ógáin

Commercial Sound Recordings

Barry, Leonard (uilleann pipes, whistles), Declan Folan (fiddle), and Shane McGowan (guitars, bass). Hurry the jug. Leonard Barry, Declan Folan, Shane McGowan, 2019. 1 CD.

Bean Mhic Giolla Bhríghde, Gráinne [= Gracie Nic Fhionnghaile] (singing in Irish, singing in English). Gracie. [Maoilíosa Nic Giolla Bhríghde, 2019]. 1 CD. [Available from An Siopa Leabhar]

Bournet, Pascal (guitar). Wandering with O'Carolan (1670-1738). Guitaroscope; Pascal Bournet MLB75CAR2, 2017. 1 CD.

Bournet, Pascal (guitar). Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738). Guitaroscope; Pascal Bournet MLB72CAR, 2015. 1 CD.

Brennan, Paul (uilleann pipes). Airs and graces: Irish traditional music and song. Paul Brennan; Carrig Music, 2018. 2 CDs.

Byrne, Dermot (accordion), Éamonn Coyne (tenor banjo), and John Doyle (guitar, bouzouki, mandola, singing in English). Liag. Dermot Byrne, Éamonn Coyne, John Doyle ATCOF1902CD, 2019. 1 CD.

Connolly, Aidan (fiddle), and John Daly (fiddle). Away on up the road. Aidan Connolly & John Daly CJ001, 2019. 1 CD + digital download.

Dennehy, Donncha (composer), Iarla ó LionáIrd (singing in Irish), Katherine Manley (singing), Alarm Will Sound (instrumental group), and Alan Pierson (conductor). The hunger. Alarm Will Sound; under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records 075597925159, 2019. 1 CD.

Doyle, John (guitar, bouzouki, electric guitar, mandola, singing in English), and Mike McGoldrick (flute, low whistle, uilleann pipes, percussion, singing in English). John Doyle & Mike McGoldrick. Boxroom Music BRM002CD, 2018. 1 CD.

Fitzpatrick, Michael (button accordion, percussion). The whispering door. Pillar Box Productions, 2009. 2 CDs.

Kennedy, Brendan (singing in English). In good company. Brendan Kennedy, 2019. 1 CD. [Available from Claddagh Records]

Kumamoto, Akio (flute, whistle, shinobue, bodhrán, shruti box), and Satoshi Okumura (guitar, bouzouki). Irish music. Akio Kumamoto, 2017. Digital download.

Lankum (singing in English, instrumental music). The livelong day. Rough Trade Records RT0098CD, 2019. 1 CD + 2 LPs.

Le Brun, Charlie (flute). Madness is convention. Charlie Le Brun, 2019. 1 CD.

Lilt (instrumental group). X. Lockhouse Records; Tina Eck & Keith Carr, 2019. 1 CD + digital download.

Mary Wallopers, The (instrumental group, singing in English), and [various, (singing in English)] A mouthful of The Mary Wallopers. The Mary Wallopers, 2019. 1 CD + digital download.

McManus, Tony (guitar, singing in English), and Julia Toaspern (guitar, fiddle, singing in English, singing in Italian). Live In concert. Greentrax Recordings CDTRAX405, 2019. 1 CD.

McNamara's Band (instrumental group). Trio, quartet & orchestra: phonograph recordings. New York 1922-1926. [Derek Mulcahy; St Mary’s Prize Band Limerick, n.d.]. 1 CD. 

Nic Ruairí, Claire (singing in Irish). An clár bog déil: traditional Irish songs. [Claire Nic Ruairí, 2019]. 1 CD. [Available from Claddagh Records]

O’Moran, Louis, [singing in English, instrumental music]. Let it be. [Louis O’Moran], 2001. 1 CD.

Rynne, Pádraig (concertinas, synth, programming, sampling, sound design, whurli, piano, hammond organ, percussion). Conscious. Liosbeg Records PRCD004, 2019. 1 CD.

Skipper's Alley (instrumental group). The farmer’s curst wife. Skipper’s Alley, 2019. Digital download [single].

Socks in the Frying Pan (singing in English, instrumental group). Raw & reel: live. Socks in the Frying Pan, 2019. 1 CD + digital download.

Snowflake Trio (instrumental group, singing in English, singing in Irish, singing in Scottish Gaelic). Sun dogs. Ta:lik Records TA177, 2019. 1 CD.

Theasby, Katie (singing in English). I remember you singing. Katie Theasby, 2019. 1 CD. [Available from Custy’s Traditional Music Shop]

The Three Jays (singing in English, instrumental group). To all those little darlings. [The Three Jays, n.d.]. 1 CD.

Usher Family, The (singing in English, instrumental music). Traditional music and song from Tenure, Co. Louth: recordings by Topic Records (1978) and from the RTÉ Archives (1959 and 1982). Louth Louth Music, 2019. 3 CDs.

[Various, (instrumental music)]. Scullys Fest: festival CD 2017. Scullys Fest, 2017. Digital download.

Walsh, Michael (flute, low whistle, tin whistle, hulusi, singing in English, speech in English). Quarehawk. Michael Walsh MPWQH001, 2019. 1 CD.

Printed Materials

Accardi, Dan. “Irish fiddling with Dan Accardi. The lonesome touch: Joe Cooley.” Fiddler magazine 26, no. 4 (Winter 2019/20): 34.

Bradburd, Rus. “Gerry Harrington’s search for the soul of Irish music.” Fiddler magazine, 26, no. 4 (Winter 2019/20): 11–13.

Buckley, Ann, ed. Music, liturgy, and the veneration of saints of the Medieval Irish Church in a European context. Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 2017. Xxxiv+358 pp. ISBN 9782503534701 (hbk.)

Buckley, John, and John O'Flynn, eds. Ceol Phádraig music at St Patrick's College Drumcondra, 1875–2016. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2019. xviii+336 pp. ISBN 9781789975796 (hbk.)

Burke, Kevin, and Betsy Branch. The solo albums: 114 tune transcriptions from If the cap fits, Up close, In concert and Sweeney’s dream. Portland, Oregon: Loftus music, 2019. 136 pp. ISBN 9780578568515 (pbk.)

Carrico, Alexandria. “From craic to communitas: furthering disability activism through traditional Irish song.” Journal of interdisciplinary voice studies, 4, no. 2 (2019): 257–263. Online article.

Crane, Joe. Obituary of Colin Ross. An píobaire 15, no. 2 (2019): 14–15.

Curry, James. “Séamus Ennis: an fear ceoil.” History on your doorstep: more stories of Dublin history 2 (2019): 25–37.

Denvir, Síle. “ANAM 2019: clár cultúrtha DCU: ceol, filíocht, dramaíocht, scannánaíocht agus ceardlanna.” Spéis: bulletin of the International Council for Traditional Music Ireland, (2018–2019): 14–15.

Donnelly, Seán. “Seanchas: a model for the stone piper at Barmeath Castle, Togher, Co. Louth?” An píobaire 15, no. 2 (2019): 31–33.

Donnelly, Seán. “Seanchas: destitute and dead in Deptford: the fate of Ned Hogan of Cashel.” An píobaire 15, no. 2 (2019): 37–44.

Fitzgerald, Kelly et al., eds. Life, lore and song: essays in Irish tradition in honour of Ríonach uí Ógáin. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2019. xiv+322 pp. ISBN 9781846828102 (hbk).

Contents include:

  • Liam Mac Mathúna. “An Craoibhín Aoibhinn ina bhailitheoir óg béaloidis: fianaise a nótaí i lámhscríbhinn G 1070, i Leabharlann Náisiúnta na hÉireann.”
  • Nicholas Carolan. “An unique and very curious book': Irish song manuscript RIA 23 F 22.”
  • Cathal Goan. “Róisín Dubh: athchuairt.”
  • Séamus Ó Catháin. “Mórsheisear scéilíní faoi chúrsaí ceoil.”
  • Lillis Ó Laoire. “Peanphictiúir: ceathrar banamhránaithe i ndialanna Sheáin Uí Eochaidh.”
  • Tom Sherlock. “From Ladywell to the Liberties: conversations with Finbar Boyle.”
  • Fionnuala Carson Williams. “A musicscape from the early nineteenth century.”

Ford, Stephanie. “Q and A: writer Sharon Whooley on 'song of granite.'”Spéis: bulletin of the International Council for Traditional Music Ireland, (2018–2019): 7–11.

Ford, Stephanie. “Compánach: turning text into music.” [review of CD Compánach, 2018] Spéis: bulletin of the International Council for Traditional Music Ireland, (2018–2019): 35–36.

Ford, Stephanie. Review of ICTM-IE Annual Conference. Spéis: bulletin of the International Council for Traditional Music Ireland, (2018–2019): 32–34.

Gill, Emmett. “Early commercial recordings in the NPU collection.” An píobaire 15, no. 2 (2019): 34–36.

Kearney, Daithí. Review of Ó ghlúin go glúin: celebrating legacy and transmission in Irish traditional music [lecture]. Spéis: bulletin of the International Council for Traditional Music Ireland, (2018–2019): pp. 29–31.

Kelly, Michael. 2017. “The Ring of the Piper’s Tune: Piper Caulfield and a forgotten East Mayo musical tradition. ” Glór Achadh Mór, 29 (2017): 110–119. Online article.

Knevett, Arthur. “Thomas Ravenscroft and the three ravens: a ballad under the microscope.” Musical traditions. Posted 3 October 2019. Webpage.

Lawlor, Helen, and Christian Lynn. Review of World Harp Traditions Conference. Spéis: bulletin of the International Council for Traditional Music Ireland, (2018–2019): 25–26.

Mac Aoidh, Caoimhín. “The hidden note: it’s for the birds [The golden eagle]” Fiddler magazine 26, no. 4 (Winter 2019/20): 32–33.

Morgenstern, Felix. Review of 2018 SMI/ICTM-IE Joint Annual Postgraduate Conference. Spéis: bulletin of the International Council for Traditional Music Ireland, (2018–2019): 16–18.

O’Regan, Paula. Paula's music book 1: traditional Irish music tin-whistle tutor book, colour coded for easy learning. S.l.: Paula O’Regan, 2019. 28 pp. [pbk + 1 CD]

Quigley, Debbie, and Gay McKeon. Obituary of Brian Kavanagh. An píobaire 15, no. 2 (2019): 16–17.

Valley, Brian, ed. The William Kennedy lectures: lectures from 25 years of the William Kennedy Piping Festival. Armagh: Armagh Pipers Club, 2019. 186 pp. (pbk).

Contents include:

  • Allan MacDonald. “New perspectives on píobaireachd.”
  • Eithne Vallely. “William Kennedy (1798–1834).
  • Tom Munnelly. “The travelling musicians of Ireland and Scotland.”
  • Hamish Moore. “Pre-military piping.”
  • Matt Seattle. “The humours of glen – a new addition to the border piping canon.”
  • Greer Ramsay. “The triple pipes on Irish high crosses: identification and interpretation.”
  • Hugh Cheape. “Pastoral and Union pipes.”
  • Barnaby Brown. “Lifting the kilt: triplepipes in Sardinia, Ireland and Great Britain.”
  • Simon O'Dwyer. “Ancient Celtic instruments.”
  • Brian Vallely. “18th and 19th century piping through the painter's eye.”
  • Eric Montbel. “The chabretas, the cornemuses à miroirs of the Limousin region.”
  • Joshua Dickson. “Practice-based Highland piping scholarship: an overview.”
  • Jimmy O'Brien Moran.” Paddy Coneely and the conservative art of Irish piping.”
  • Ronan Browne. “The life and times of Richard Lewis O'Mealy, piper and pipe-maker (1873-1947).”
  • Eric Montbel. “Pipes of the Massif Central.”
  • Peter Browne. “The life and music of Séamus Ennis (1919 –1982).”
  • Fintan Vallely. “Clattering feet and thumping the bodhrán – the percussive impulse in Irish music.”
  • Allan MacDonald. “Alba 's Éire: some shared repertoire.”
  • Mary Mitchell-Ingoldsby. “The Cork Pipers' Club: one hundred and twenty years of piping.”

Watt, Paul, Derek B. Scott, and Patrick Spedding, eds. Cheap print and popular song in the nineteenth century: a cultural history of the songster. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017. xiv+250 pp. ISBN 9781107159914 (hbk.)

Contents include:            

  • Sarah McCleave. “The genesis of Thomas Moore's 'Irish melodies', 1808–1900.”
  • Anthea Skinner. “Popular songsters and the British Military: the case of 'the girl I left behind me'.”


Máire Ní Dhuinnín manuscript notebook containing poetry, sayings and lyrics of songs in Irish and English, 1930s. Donated by Seán Ó Laoire. 

Oliver Moran Collection. Three song manuscripts containing both English and Irish language songs, 1960s. Donated by Ailish Finnegan (née Moran). 

Dermot McLaughlin Collection. 24 reel-to-reel tapes, tape cassette, printed books, serials, ephemera, photographs and tune transcriptions relating to Irish, Cape Breton and Shetland music. Donated by Dermot McLaughlin. 

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, Aidan Connolly, Seán Flanagan, Gael Linn, John Gibbs, Colin Harper, Darragh Lynch, Jim McArdle, Terry Moylan, Derek Mulcahy, Briain Ó Domhnaill, Paula O’Regan, Trad Cherubs, Alan Woods.