Recent Publications & Acquisitions, September 2022

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

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Detail from Planxty event poster, Lewisham Concert Hall, 1974. Item from the John Finnan donation

Commercial Sound Recordings

Castello, Giancarlo (tin whistle). The mist covered mountains of home. Castello, 2022. 1 CD.

Doyle, Donnacha (uilleann pipes). Through the mountain woods. NPU, 2022. 1 CD.

Doyle, Donnacha (uilleann pipes). Out on the ocean. NPU, 2020. 1 CD.

Gourney, Nathan (fiddle) and Laura Feddersen (fiddle). Brightly or darkly. Gourley and Feddersen, 2022. 1 CD.

Keegan, Seán, (mandolin), John Blake (accompaniment) and Simone Keegan, (fiddle). A bird never flew on one wing. Keegan, 2022. 1 CD.

McKee, Damian, (button accordion), Gudrun Walthur, (fiddle) and Aaron Jones (bouzouki). High Doh. McKee, 2022. 1 CD.

The Chieftains (various instruments). Bear’s sonic journals: The foxhunt, the Chieftains live in San Francisco 1973 & 1976. Owsley Stanley Foundation, 2022. 2 CDs.

The Kane Sisters (fiddle & fiddle). In memory of Paddy Fahey. Dawros, 2022. 1 CD.

Various (instrumental music & singing in English). Mad Week 2012: the musical arts & dance experience. CCE MAD Week, 2013. 1 CD.

Printed Materials

Accardi, Dan. “Irish fiddling with Dan Accardi. ‘Because it is fun’: Feddersen, Gourley and Scordatura.” Fiddler magazine 29, no. 3 (2022): 34–35.

Caldwell, Conor, Moyra Haslett, and Lillis Ó Laoire, eds. Oxford handbook of Irish song, 1100–1850. London: Oxford University Press, 2021. ISBN 9780190859701 (online): [new chapters added in 2022]

Contents include:

  • Carolan, Nicholas, "The Irish-language traditional song collection of Patrick Lynch, 1802–1803
  • Henigan, Julie. "Literacy and orality in traditional Irish song: revisiting a life’s work"
  • McKendry, Scott. "Diamonds that on rocks do grow: revision, language and memory in the ballad ‘Belfast Mountains’ (c. 1813–1820)"
  • Moloney, Colette. "Irish song of the early nineteenth century, as transcribed by James Cody"
  • Moylan, Terry. "Political song in the age of revolution"
  • Nic Éinrí, Úna, and Pádraig Ó Cearbhaill. "Jacobite sentiment in eighteenth-century Irish poetry, in word and in song"
  • Ó Bróithe, Éamonn. "Canfar an dán: the songs of the eighteenth-century Gaelic literary poets"
  • O’Regan, Susan. "Civic and urban performance of song: Cork 1750–1850"

Casini, Luca, and Bob L. T. Sturm. “Tradformer: a transformer model of traditional music transcriptions.” Proceedings of the Thirty-First International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Vienna, 23–29 July 2022. Vienna: IJCAI, 2022. Online paper.

Coghlan, Niall. “Early sound systems of the Irish dance bands and showbands.” Irish communications review 18, no. 1 (2022): Online article.

Choudhury, Sanghamitra, and Jérémy Tétrault-Farber. “The strains of strife: understanding conflict through Irish songs (Europe) and Assamese folk songs (Asia).” Reality of politics 3 (2021/22): 43–60. Online article.

De Barra, Méabh. “Traditional music from the famine era” [Review of The Forde collection: Irish traditional music from the William Forde manuscripts, edited by Nicholas Carolan and Caitlín Uí Éigeartaigh] (Dublin: Irish Traditional Music Archive, 2021). Irish literary supplement 42, no. 1 (2022): 22–23.

De Brún, Darach. Original compositions. Cuid 2. [S.l.]: [s.n.], n.d. [12] pp.

Dowling, Martin. “Cultural treasures bound up with barbarism” [Review of The Forde collection: Irish traditional music from the William Forde manuscripts, edited by Nicholas Carolan and Caitlín Uí Éigeartaigh] (Dublin: Irish Traditional Music Archive, 2021). Journal of music, 22 August 2022. Online article.

Doyle, Joe. Music for the Irish pipers. Volume III. Dublin: Na Píobairí Uileann [NPU], 2022. x + 204 pp. ISBN 9780201379624 (pbk).

Duffy Pask, Marie. The essential guide to Irish dance. Ramsbury: Crowood Press, 2022. 175 pp. ISBN 9780719840739 (pbk).

Finan, Brendan. “Conversations with the past” [Review of ‘Drawing from the Well’ concert, National Concert Hall Dublin, 11 September 2022]. Journal of music, 22 August 2022. Online article.

Fraser, Stefán. Modern piano accompaniment for traditional music: a piano and music theory guide. [S.l.]: Stefán Fraser, 2022. 66 pp. ISBN 9781513694887 (pbk).

Gebruers, Maeve. “National Heritage Week 2022. Physical to digital: a complete scanning solution for ITMA.” Irish Traditional Music Archive. Posted 12 August 2022. Blog post.

Hurley, Michael. Where the Owenmore flows: 100 traditional musical gems from North Connacht and beyond. Sligo: Michael Coleman Heritage Centre, 2022. 65 pp. ISBN 9781399918688 (pbk + 2 CDs).

Kearney, Daithí, and Kevin Burns. “Come enjoy the craic: locating an Irish traditional music festival in Drogheda” In Festivals and the city: the contested geographies of urban events, ed. Andrew Smith et al. 231–247. London: University of Westminster Press, 2022. Online article.

Keegan, Patrice. “From ancient to avant-garde: the evolution of the organ in Ireland and a performer's analysis of five Irish contemporary pieces for solo organ.” PhD thesis, Royal Irish Academy of Music, 2022. Online thesis.

Keogh, Dermot. Ireland and Argentina in the twentieth century: Diaspora, diplomacy, dictatorship, Catholic mission and the Falklands crisis. Cork: Cork University Press, 2022. xxii + 566 pp. ISBN 9781782055112 (hbk).

The living tradition. Obituary of Dennis Cahill. The living tradition 145 (2022): 13.

Mac Aoidh, Caoimhín. “The hidden note: at it again – competitions.” Fiddler magazine 29, no. 3 (2022): 32–33.

MacNamara, Mary. Sundays at Lena's: memories and tune collection. [Clare]: Mary MacNamara, 2022. 127 pp. ISBN 9781399928366 (hbk).

Marbach, Stephanie SK. “Getting to know the collector: processing the Cullinane Archive Collection.” Irish Traditional Music Archive. Posted 28 September 2022. Blog post.

McAuliffe, Nickie, and Treasa Harkin, ed. “Compositions by Nickie McAuliffe.” Irish Traditional Music Archive. Posted 30 August 2022. Blog post.

Meade, Don. “The composition of Irish traditional music.” Current musicology 67/68 (1999): 289–298. Online article.

Mollenhauer, Jeanette. Dancing at the southern crossroads: a history of Irish step dance in Australia, 18801940. [S.l.]: Anchor Books Australia, 2022. vii + 168 pp. ISBN 9780646817064 (pbk).

Moloney, Mick. "Ireland in America" In National heritage masters: a concert celebrating 25 years of the National Heritage fellowships..., 13–16. [New York]: World Music Institute, (October 2007–May 2008).

Moynihan, Maria. “Edwina Guckian: from sean-nós to the Save Leitrim campaign.” Farmers journal, 24 August 2022. Online article.

Mullen, Maurice D. “Return to Fingal: the heritage and practice of Irish traditional music in North County Dublin.” PhD thesis, Dublin City University, 2022. Online thesis.

National Heritage Masters. "A world of fiddles" In National heritage masters: a concert celebrating 25 years of the National Heritage fellowships..., 4–7. [New York]: World Music Institute, (October 2007–May 2008).

Nic Congáil, Ríona. An óige agus an Athbheochan. Baile Átha Cliath: Cló Leann na Gaeilge, 2022. xxxv+ 252 pp. ISBN 9781919601359 (hbk).

  • “Trasna na dtonnta: Tionchar Shasana ar chultúr Gaelach na nóg.”
  • “Feiseanna agus cur chun cinn na Gaeilge.”

Ní Chathasaigh, Máire. The Irish harper: volume two: 24 pieces by Turlough O’Carolan (16701738). West Yorkshire: Old Bridge Music, 2022. 44 pp. ISBN 9781873077023 (pbk).

Ní Fhlannagáin, Úna. “Lady Dillon: the history of a Carolan patron.” Harp perspectives (September 2022): Online article.

Rafferty, Mary, and Grace Toland, ed. “The Terry Rafferty recording collection.” Irish Traditional Music Archive. Posted 11 August 2022. Blog post.

Scahill, Adrian. “The many sides of music and song collecting” [Review of Collecting music in the Aran Islands: a century of history and practice, by Deirdre Ní Chonghaile] (Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2021). Journal of music. Posted 24 March 2022. Online article.

Schumacher, Michael. “Irish dance: performing national identity through sports.” PhD thesis, Universität Wien, 2012. Online thesis.

Toland, Grace. “The Edward Bunting digital harp collection.” Irish Traditional Music Archive. Posted 15 September 2022. Blog post.

Uí Ogáin, Ríonach. Beauty an oileáin: music & song of the Blasket Islands. [Dublin]: Claddagh Records, 2022. 67 pp. (hbk).

Winch, Terence. "Lost hearts." New York Irish history 17 (2003): 25–30.

Winch, Terence. "A row and a ruction." New York Irish history 17 (2003): 30–32.


Cathal McConnell Collection. 66 x sound cassettes. Featuring recordings of musicians such as Tommy Peoples, Eddie Duffy, Mick Hoy, Patsy Hanly, and 'Pee' Flanagan. Donated by Cathal McConnell.

Pete St. John Collection
. 16 x sound cassettes. Featuring dubs of radio programmes and demo recordings of original songs composed by Peter Mooney aka Pete St. John. Donated by the Mooney Family via Dessie Farrell and An Góilín.

3 x sound cassettes. Featuring recordings of uilleann piping workshops at the 'A Sense of Ireland' Festival, London, 1980. Donated to ITMA by Nick Adams.

5 x DVD recordings of International Uilleann Piping Day 2021, Galway. Featuring musicians such as Seána Redmond, Cormac Cannon, Tommy Keane, Pádraic Keane and Pádraig Breathnach. Filmed and donated by Mick Dooley.

A collection of songs in Irish, German, Spanish and Italian written down by Buadhach Tóibín, Clare, 1940s? Loaned for digitisation by Fiona Tyndall (née Tóibín).

Scrapbook of ephemera relating to Irish music events and publications in the United Kingdom, 1960s-2020s. Donated by John Finnan.

Two non-commercial DVDs: Bodhran maker Charlie Byrne, 1990; Glen Echo Irish Folk Festival, Washington DC, 1993. Donated by Jesse Winch.

Declan F. Townsend, The origins of the Irish jig. MA thesis, University College Cork, 1963. Donated by Declan F. Townsend

The Waterfall Dance Manuscript, Cork, 1930s–1940s. Digital scans of manuscript donated by Brooks Academy per Terry Moylan.

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: Boston College, Jeff Cook, Virginia Blankenhorn, Katie Crean, Edward Devery, Des Gallagher, Michael Hurley, Seán Keegan, Peter Laban, Brian and Mary MacAongusa, Mary McNamara, Máire Ní Chathasaigh, Úna Ní Fhlannagáin, Fr. John Quinn, Sandie Purcell, Declan F. Townsend and Jesse Winch.