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Spring 2011 Earrach 2011

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Irish World Academy of Music and Dance University of Limerick



Lunchtime Concert Series


Seminar Series


Special Events


Recent Events at the Irish World Academy


Bealach / Community Cultural Pathways


Cónaí / Artists in Residence






Clár / Irish World Academy MA and BA Programmes




Other Programmes and Arts Offices



Seán Keane of the Chieftains in concert, Nov 2010 Photograph © Maurice Gunning


Professor Sir Christopher Frayling


The poet and critic Herbert Read - a champion of the contemporary arts and of the re-invention of traditional ones - in his book ‘Education Through Art’ made the now-classic distinction between education TO the arts and education THROUGH the arts. Education to the arts, he suggested, was about the professional or technical education of the artist: the techniques, skills, procedures and attitudes involved in practicing the arts. Education through the arts, on the other hand, was about the broader creative potentialities which the arts when practiced seemed particularly good at releasing: in today's terms these included mental/manual co-ordination, resourcefulness, independence of mind, setting one’s own agendas, solving problems, flexible thinking, preparation for the challenges of life in an unpredictable world. Herbert Read concluded that the very best kinds of arts education should explicitly combine the two, and further that they both contained lessons for the teaching of all other subjects. Although he wrote ‘Education Through Art’ way back in the mid-I940s, Read's distinction is still helpful, perhaps more helpful in the second decade of the 21st century than ever before. Since first he suggested it, there have been various fundamental developments in arts education which have given it renewed force, a close connection with “our times”. There’s the teaching of the arts at degree levels in university settings. There’s the increasingly sophisticated dialogue between "theory" and “practice” in the arts, between interpretation and performance, to the point where both concepts now have difficulty standing apart and alone. There are the encounters between the studio arts and more mainstream university subjects - in no hole-and-corner way but with significant advantages to both. And, perhaps above all, there’s been the rise and rise of arts research.

A few years ago, I used Herbert Read’s distinction as the starting-point for some reflections on research in and through the practical arts - a subject which had for various reasons become both timely and urgent. Beginning with “education to...” and “education through...”, I went on to propose three types of research - not as discrete categories but in regular contact with one another. These were research into the arts, research through the arts and research for the arts (or the arts as research). Research into the arts was well understood and trusted across the spectrum of higher education. Research through the arts (using artistic means towards a preconceived end) was also understood, though not quite as well. But the arts as research...well, that idea caused quite a stir at the time, and still does: it was the idea that the performance or practice of the arts could be ways of doing research, forms of reflection in themselves. This was about as far as you could get from people in white lab coats constructing arms-length hypotheses and then testing them. Or was it? I received several letters from pure and applied scientists who -surprisingly to some - identified closely with my third category. The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance - now with its landmark new building on the north campus is a particularly fertile place for all three of these types of research (with a big R and a little r), all three types of teaching and learning, and most especially the third. The Academy even has a real-life symbol of the relationship between all the various aspects of the campus - interpretation AND performance - and between its achievements and the surrounding community, in the form of the Living Bridge. A bridge between research into, research through and research for. The Academy is a place where musicians, dancers, composers, singers,

conductors, choreographers, choreologists, musicologists (or indeed any other “ologists” who have something to contribute, and there are many) can get together and engage in reflection on and through the arts. This has been called a conversation, comhrá. It is certainly that, but it is also more than that. A conversation, a reflection on a conversation, a reflection on the very art of conversation, all at the same time. George Steiner, who was one of my tutors when I was at university in the 1960s, put this very well - in a quotation from his exhilarating “Lessons of the Masters” that is already in the bloodstream of the Academy. George, I should add, is himself an exhilarating teacher. The quotation contrasts the conventional emphasis on detached criticism and smart reviewing (research into...) with his dream of a very different sort of place: “A city for painters, poets, composers, choreographers, rather than one of art, literary, music or ballet critics and reviewers, either in the market-place or in academe”. This should be written, in suitably abridged form and in finely carved stone (of course), by a contemporary craftsperson, over the door of the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. The open door... Christopher Frayling



Professor Sir Christopher Frayling was until recently Rector of the Royal College of Art in London, the only entirely postgraduate university of art and design in the world, and Chairman of Arts Council England, the largest funding body for the arts in the UK. An historian, a critic and an awardwinning broadcaster of arts documentaries, he has written eighteen books and numerous articles on aspects of the historical and contemporary arts, and on arts education. He was also a founder-member of the British Arts and Humanities Research Council, for which he campaigned. A regular visitor to the West of Ireland, he has taken an active part in discussions at the World Academy about the role of research, and has contributed to the Academy's 'Stepping Stones' initiative. He is currently Professor Emeritus of Cultural History at the Royal College of Art and a Fellow of Churchill College Cambridge.

Students of the MA Irish Traditional Dance, Final Performance Exam, Nov 2010 Photograph Š Maurice Gunning


Faculty and Staff

Irish World Academy Of Music And Dance Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin Director Irish World Academy of Music and Dance Phone: + 353 61 202590 Email:

Mary Nunan Director MA Contemporary Dance Performance Phone + 353 61 213464 Email:

Mats Melin Lecturer in Dance BA Irish Music and Dance Phone: + 353 61 202542 Email:

Dr Helen Phelan Associate Director, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance Director, PhD Arts Practice Acting Director, MA Ritual Chant and Song Phone: + 353 61 202575 Email:

Dr Catherine Foley Director MA Ethnochoreology MA Irish Traditional Dance Performance Phone: + 353 61 202922 Email:

Dr Orfhlaith Ní Bhriain Lecturer in Dance BA Irish Music & Dance Phone: + 353 61 202470 Email:

Paula Dundon Academy Administrator Phone: + 353 61 202149 Email:

Dr Colin Quigley Director MA Ethnomusicology Phone: + 353 61 202966 Email:

Sandra Joyce Director MA Irish Traditional Music Performance Acting Director, Certificate in Music & Dance Phone: + 353 61 202565 Email:

Melissa Carty Assistant Administrator Phone: + 353 61 202590 Email:

Jean Downey Director Graduate Diploma in Education (Music) MA Education (Music) MA Community Music Phone: + 353 61 213160 Email:

Professor Jane Edwards Director MA Music Therapy Phone: + 353 61 213122 Email:

Ellen Byrne Director, Media and Performing Arts Office Phone: + 353 61 202917 Email:

Niall Keegan Director BA Irish Music and Dance Phone: + 353 61 202465 Email:

Tríona McCaffrey Acting Lecturer MA Music Therapy Phone: + 353 61 234358 Email:

Ferenc Szücs Director MA Classical String Performance Phone: + 353 61 202918 Email:

Dr Aileen Dillane Lecturer in Music BA Irish Music & Dance (On leave)

Dr Óscar Mascareñas Garza Director BA Voice and Dance Phone: + 353 61 233762 Email: 04

Irish World Academy Of Music And Dance

KtmbgshldBnmbdqsRdqhdr Tuesdays & Thursdays 1.15 – 2.00p.m. January to May 2011 Venue: Tower Theatre Irish World Academy University of Limerick

Percussionist Jim Higgins giving a masterclass at the Academy’s Blas Summer School, July 2010 Photograph © Maurice Gunning


Tony Linnane

Enda Scahill Geraldine Cotter

Harry Bradley New Time Ensemble

Kieran Hanrahan

JANUARY Tuesday 25th January Tony Linnane (fiddle), Harry Bradley (flute)

Lunchtime Concert Series

Tony Linnane is one of Ireland’s finest traditional fiddlers. From his early album Noel Hill and Tony Linnane (Tara Records 1979) he has become established as a tradition bearer of his generation through Irish music festivals throughout the world. Harry Bradley was born in South Belfast in 1974. He discovered Irish traditional music through popular recordings of it and was encouraged by childhood holidays in rural Co. Down where there were a small group of players still drawing on local musical traditions. He has recorded two solo flute CDs Bad Turns and Horseshoe Bends (Outlet) and As I Carelessly Did stray (Claddagh Records). He appeared as a guest musician on Altan's The Blue Idol CD. He now lives in Dublin where he teaches flute regularly at Na Píobairí Uilleann. He is also a member of the board of directors of NPU.


Wednesday 26th January New Time Ensemble

New Time Ensemble was formed at the Irish World Academy while its international members were studying on the MA Irish Traditional Music Performance at the Irish World Academy at the University of Limerick. The group emerged from a shared passion for animating old Irish tunes in new ways. The band launched its debut album, A Year in Ireland at the Academy in May 2010, followed by an extensive tour of the United States in June and July 2010. Its members are Liz Davis Maxfield (US) on cello; Kay Vickers (UK) on fiddle; Leslie Anne Harrison (US) on flute; Frédéric Pouille (France) on guitar.

FEBRUARY Tuesday 1st February Kieran Hanrahan (Banjo), Geraldine Cotter (piano)

Kieran Hanrahan is a radio host and high profile musician, born in Ennis, Co. Clare. He began playing traditional Irish music on the tenor banjo at the age of fourteen, and had won the All-Ireland banjo championship by the time he was

eighteen. Over the years, Kieran has helped found a number of traditional bands, including Inchiquin, Stockton's Wing, and the Templehouse Céilí Band. Kieran has hosted radio programs for RTÉ since 1991. Currently he hosts Céilí House, RTÉ’s flagship and longest-running radio programme, aired weekly on Saturday nights on RTÉ Radio1. Geraldine Cotter is a well-known teacher and performer on both the tin whistle and piano. She has written two best selling tutors for traditional Irish music - Geraldine Cotter’s Traditional Irish Tin Whistle Tutor and Seinn an Piano, the first such publication for the playing of traditional Irish music on the piano. She is a music graduate of both University College Cork and the University of Limerick. She teaches on the traditional music programmes at the Irish World Academy and also teaches every year at the Willie Clancy Summer School, in Milltown Malbay, County Clare and at the Academy’s annual Blas Summer School of Irish Traditional Music and Dance.

Tuesday 8th February

Enda Scahill (banjo), Ryan Molloy (piano), Paul Dooley (harp), Enda Scahill has guested with the Chieftains, recorded with Grammy winner Ricky Skaggs, toured with Frankie Gavin and is a full time member of the Brock McGuire Band and We Banjo 3. A multiple All-Ireland Banjo and Mandolin

Paul Dooley Ryan Molloy Brian Finnegan Austin Durack and Joe Mulcahy

Champion, his debut solo album Pick It Up (SUNCD36) was released in 2000 to critical acclaim. In 2006 Enda collaborated with accordionist Paul Brock to release Humdinger, a collection of music on banjo and melodeon echoing the exciting music of the American Music Halls of the 1920’s. Humdinger was awarded Album of the Year in the Irish Times and Instrumental Album of the Year in Irish American News. Ryan Molloy from Pomeroy in Co. Tyrone, began his musical life on the fiddle, taught by Bríd Harper. Now specialising in piano, he has recorded on Humdinger, with noted musicians Paul Brock and Enda Scahill, and By Heck and Tight Squeeze as a member of the Dave Munnelly Band. A regular vitisting tutor at the Irish World Academy, he is currently studying for a PhD in composition at Queen's University, Belfast. Paul Dooley is one of the very few Irish people who play the Irish harp in its historical form and style - using a metal-strung harp. He studied the construction of medieval Irish harps in Dublin during the early 1980s and began his performing career on the metal-strung harp in 1986. He has appeared on numerous CD recordings and television soundtracks. Frankie Gavin is one of Irish traditional music’s most renowned proponents. From his first TV appearance playing the tinwhistle aged seven, through sixteen albums with the seminal Dé Dannan, seven solo albums, his adventures in the realms of Jazz, Gospel, and Klezmer, to appearances and recordings with such luminaries as Earl Scruggs, Stephane Grapelli, Sir Yehudi Menuhin, and The Rolling Stones, he is one of the outstanding Irish performers of the past thirty years.

Pervish Brian Morrissey

Thursday 10th February Austin Durack (guitar) Joe Mulcahy (bass)

Austin Durack is a guitarist/composer who combines his own tunes with new arrangements of jazz, blues and popular standards. Since the release of his 2009 album, A Guitar Journey he has increasingly gained international recognition through his festival performances. A graduate of the MA Community Music at the Irish World Academy, this recital previews with Joe Mulcahy, some new compositions and arrangements for guitarwith a Masters degree in Community Music from the Irish World Academy.

Tuesday 15th February

Brian Finnegan (Flutes & Whistles), Brian Morrissey (banjo) Brian Finnegan from Co Armagh is widely regarded as one of the most talented and innovative musicians in traditional music in Ireland. He was front man with the legendary band Flook for over 13 years with whom recorded three highly acclaimed studio albums, Flatfish, Rubai and Haven. In 2008 he was commissioned by The Sage Centre in Newcastle Upon Tyne to compose a piece for the opening of 'The Eighth Bridge', a major art installation across the river Tyne.

At Celtic Connections 2008 he premiered his northern big band, The Singing Tree, which comprises thirteen performers, musicians, singers, poets and dancers, all from the northern counties of Ireland. His new album, 'The Ravishing Genius of Bones' was released to critical acclaim in March 2010. Brian Morrissey is from Nenagh Co Tipperary. He’s an acclaimed and much sought-after musician, playing bodhrán, banjo, whistles & percussion with groups including Buille, and Carmina and musicians John Spillane, Eoin Coughlan and Caoimhín Vallely. He now lives in Cork where he teaches at Gaelscoil Charraig Uí Leighin.

Wednesday 16th February Pervish

Pervish is a creative ensemble made up of students and graduates of the Irish World Academy. The group was first formed in 2007 and went on to win the Campus Trad Battle of the Bands Competition in 2008. Pervish are Maria Ward, Yvonne Bolton, Neil Fitzgibbon, Danny Bride, Kevin Jones, Fionn O’Dalaigh and Róisín Ní Galloglaigh. Pervish perform ballads taken from Irish and English folksong repertoires. Pervish blend a core of traditional music with a myriad of other genres such as Ska, Reggae, Jazz and Country.


Aine Kelly

Hazel Collins

Emma Scanlon

Livia Nagy

Roisin McMullin Tobie Slippert

Thursday 17th February

Tuesday 22nd February

Students of the MA Classical String Performance Handel-Halverson: Passacaglia for Violin and Cello Áine Kelly (violin) Hazel Collins (cello) Mozart: Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, K. 478 Róisín McMullin (violin) Tobie Slippert (viola) Livia Nagy (cello) Emma Scanlon (piano)

Lunchtime Concert Series

Aine Kelly is currently completing an MA in Classical Performance at the Irish World Academy with Prof. Miranna Sirbu and is receiving orchestral & chamber orchestra training with Andre Swanepoel from the Irish Chamber Orchestra. She holds a Diploma from the Cork School of Music and Licentiate in Performance from Trinity College of Music in London.


Roisin McMullin began musical studies at Clare Music Makers in Ennis. She was awarded the Philip F Walsh Memorial Prize from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, and has a BA (Honours) Degree in Music and Mathematical Studies from UCC> She is currently studying violin with Professor Mariana Sirbu at the Irish World Academy. Tobie Slippert studied violin and viola at the Conservatory of Quebec and completed a Bachelors degree at the University of Concordia in Montreal and currently completing his Masters with Prof. Bruno Giuranna at the Irish World Academy.

Hannah Phillips (Harp) Nell Ní Chróinín (song) Livia Nagy was born in Hungary and graduated in classical cello performance from the Liszt Ferenc Music Academy in Budapest. She is currently completing her final year on the MA in Classical String Performance at Irish World Academy with Ferenc Szűcs. Her duo with cellist Peter Sebestyen won the Galway Apprentice Ensemble concert in 2010, leading to performance opportunities with the ConTempo Quartet and at the Galway Arts Festival. Hazel Collins took up the cello at the age of fourteen. Soon after, she joined the Galway Youth Orchestra, becoming principal cellist of the senior orchestra. Her orchestral experience also includes playing with both the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland and The National Youth Orchestra of Scotland. Since completing a Bachelor of Arts degree at NUI, Galway she has been teaching piano and cello in the newly established Maoin Cheoil na Gaillimhe School of Music. She is currently studying with Ferenc Szucs on the MA Classical String Performance at the Irish World Academy. Emma Scanlon Recently premiering a new solo contemporary work for Waterford New Music Week in 2010, Emma majored in piano performance at Waterford Institute of Technology, where she studied with Marian INgoldsby, Malcolm Proud and Finghin Collins. She is currently completing an MA in Classical String Performance at the Irish World Academy.

Hannah Phillip is a Scottish pedal harper based in Glasgow. She began studies at the RSAMD in 2005 and during her time here won the Governor's Strings Recital Prize. Other successes include winning the competition at the Wales International Harp Festival 2010 and being a finalist in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2010. She plays both Scottish harp and pedal harp and with the help of the Highland Arts Forum/Highland Legacy Fund she commissioned a new piece from the Scottish composer Eddie McGuire to combine the two instruments on stage. The Poet’s Return is a solo work in four movements. She also writes and arranges music for harp, some of which has been published in The Scottish Harp Anthology. Nell Ní Chróinín is a sean-nós singer from Beal Atha an Ghaorthaidh in the west Cork Gaeltacht. She was winner of the Corn Cuimhneacháin Sheáin Óig Uí Thuama at the Oireachtas competition in 2010 and featured in the highly acclaimed TG4 series Anam an Amhráin, produced by the Oscar-nominated cartoon production company Cartoon Saloon, based in Co Galway. Nell is currently studying at Mary Immaculate College in Limerick.

Hannah Phillips Péter Sebestyén Nell NI Chróinín

Thursday 24th February

Students of the MA Classical String Performance Rossini: Duo for Cello and Double Bass Péter Sebestyén (cello) Ádám Scheck (double bass) Mozart: Duo for violin and viola in G major K. 423 Davina Baker (violin) Deidre Scanlon (viola) Péter Sebestyén studied with Ferenc Szűcs at the Irish World Academy and graduated from the Masters in Classical String Performance programme with First Class Honours in 2010. He was recipient of the RTÉ Lyric FM scholarship. He also holds a degree in classical cello performance from the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary. He has been principal cellist of the St. Stephen Symphony Orchestra in Budapest and he is currently member of the Concerto Malaga Chamber Orchestra in Spain.

Brendan Mulkere, Lunchtime Concert, Nov 2010 Photograph © Maurice Gunning


Ádám Scheck

Martin Tourish

Alan Colfer

Iain MacDonald

Davina Baker Deirdre Scanlon

Ádám Scheck is currently studying with Professor Michael Wolf at the Irish World Academy. He studied piano, cello, double bass and composition in Hungary at the István Széchenyi University’s Tibor Varga Music Faculty. As composer, his first work Dance of Elves, was performed by the Symphonic Band in Hungary in 2006 and was followed by Modern Scherzo, a work for string-orchestra played by the SZE University Orchestra (Hungary).

Pipe Major John MacKenzie. He was a member of the band Ossian for nine years and was also a member of the legendary Battlefield Band until 1996. He is in demand as a piping tutor at many Educational Establishments including Sabhal Mor Ostaig in Skye, at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Dance in Glasgow, as well as at the Irish World Academy. He is currently artistic director of the Ceolas Gaelic Arts Festival in South Uist.

Symphony, solo recitals at London’s St. Martin-in-the-Fields and a tour of Ireland performing Messian’s Quartet for the End of Time. He currently holds a teaching assistantship at the University of Michigan, where he is a doctoral pre-candidate in Piano Pedagogy and Performance.

Davina Baker A recipient of a silver award from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, Davinia Baker was also a former member of the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland and the Young European Strings Chamber Orchestra. She is currently studying violin with Professor Mariana Sirbu at the Irish World Academy.

Martin Tourish was born into a musical family in Co. Donegal and began playing from three years of age. He was the first piano accordionist to win TG4's prestigious "Young Musician of the Year" in 2008. He graduated from DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama achieving first class honours in classical performance and winning the Anne Leahy Medal for the highest academic mark for his dissertation The James Tourish Collection: Its Stylistic Significance within Its Cultural Context. He was awarded an ABBEST scholarship from Dublin Institute of Technology to complete a PhD entitled The development of complex stylistic identities by way of the musical catalyst theory as a basis for third level education in traditional music and creativity.

Finnish singer Laura Hilska began singing and touring with the Helsinki-based Tapiola Choir during her early teens. In recent years she developed an interest in Irish music and moved to Ireland in 2005. In 2010 she graduated from the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance with a BA in Irish Music.

Thursday 3rd March

Academos/Katherine Hunka with members of the Irish Chamber Orchestra

Lunchtime Concert Series

Deirdre Scanlon has been a member of the Waterford Institute of Technology Music School staff since its inception in 1980. A section leader of the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, she studied with Ruth David at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin, won the Feis Ceoil Senior Viola medal and holds a Licentiate from Trinity College London. She is currently studying viola with Professor Bruno Giuranna at the Irish World Academy.


MARCH Tuesday 1st March

Iain MacDonald (pipes, flute) & Martin Tourish Iain McDonald was born in Glenuig, a tiny Gaelic speaking village, inaccessible by road until 1967. He went to Queen Victoria School in Dunblane where he was taught piping by

Jovanni-Rey de Pedro (piano) Filipino-American pianist Jovanni-Rey V. de Pedro holds degrees from the Konservatorium der Stadt Wien in Austria and Trinity College of Music in London. He has performed in concert venues in Asia, across North America and Europe. Recent engagements have included concerto appearances with the Vienna Residenz Orchester and the Santa Monica

Tuesday 8th March

Alan Colfer (guitar), Laura Hilska (voice)

Originally from Waterford, guitarist Alan Colfer is a graduate of the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, where he now teaches. He has played extensively throughout Ireland and Europe, and his repertoire draws influence from music the world over.

Friday 11th March (5 pm)

ACADEMOS Irish World Academy Strings is the graduate string orchestra of the MA Classical String Performance Programme at the Irish World Academy of Music in full association with the Irish Chamber Orchestra. Today’s concert will be directed by ICO Leader, Katherine Hunka and is part of a nationwide tour. Established in 2008, ACADEMOS Irish World Academy Strings has toured

Michael Joyce

John Spillane

Laura Hilska Jovanni-Rey de Pedro

Tommy Peoples Elaine Kenny

internationally each year as an integral part of its educational programme. Each orchestra member is a fulltime registered postgraduate student on the two-year MA Classical String programme at the Irish World Academy, University of Limerick and is tutored by internationally acclaimed Visiting Professors Dr Bruno Giuranna (Viola), Mariana Sirbu (Violin), Michael Wolf (Double Bass), with Cello tuition from the Course Director, Ferenc Szücs.

Tuesday 15th March

John Spillane (singer/songwriter) Twice winner of the Meteor award in the best folk/trad category, John Spillane is one of the most accomplished songwriters in Ireland today. Among those who have covered his songs are Christy Moore, Karan Casey, Pauline Scanlon, Sharon Shannon and Seán Keane. Christmas 2009 brought the follow up to John’s double platinum-selling album Irish Songs We Learned at School with a new collection More Irish Songs We Learned at School. This new collection features renowned Irish performers Christy Moore and Séan Ó Sé. 2009 also saw Spillane release his first best of album So Far So Good, Like. This album included some of his best-known songs including The Dance of the Cherry Trees and All the Ways you Wander. His performances move between beautiful poetry tinged with melancholy to roguish, irreverent Cork humour.

Tuesday March 22nd Tommy Peoples (fiddle)

A legend of the Irish traditional fiddle, Tommy Peoples was born in Co Donegal and has lived in Co Clare for most of his life. A key member of seminal traditional music groups in the 1970s, including The Green Linnet and The Bothy Band, Peoples also recorded an early solo album, accompanied by Paul Brady. His exceptional gift rests securely in the hands of his daughter Siobhán (an Academy fiddle tutor) with whom he frequently performs. The Irish World Academy is honoured to welcome him back.

Thursday 24th March

Elaine Kenny (viola), Michael Joyce (piano) Elaine Kenny completed a BA in Music and English in 2008 at University College Cork, and a BMus in 2009 in UCC. She is now studying under Professor Bruno Giuranna in the MA Classical String Performance at the Irish World Academy, UL. She led the viola section of the National Youth Orchestra and has performed with the National Youth Symphony Orchestra of Ireland and the Irish Chamber Orchestra, as part of Academos Irish World Academy Strings, where she is viola leader. In 2008, she played the solo viola d’amore part in Madama Butterfly in Dublin with Opera Ireland/RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

Wednesday 30th March

Students of the Graduate Diploma in Education (Music) Students of the Graduate Diploma in Education (Music) programme at the Irish World Academy present a performance of music and song.

Thursday 31st March

Students of the MA Ritual Chant & Song The students of the MA Ritual Chant and Song programme perform a concert of sacred music, featuring Gregorian chant, Irish traditional religious song and other ritual vocal traditions.

Michael Joyce began his piano studies at the Cork School of Music with teachers Bridget Doolan and Jan Čáp, at the Hochschule für Musik in Germany and at Yale with the Hungarian pianist Peter Frankl. Recent recitals have included the Maggio Musicale in Florence and Wigmore Hall in London.


Students of the MA Irish Tradional Dance Programme Frankie Gavin

University of Limerick Gospel Choir Students of the MA Contemporary Dance

APRIL Tuesday 5th April

Frankie Gavin (fiddle), Seán Keegan (banjo)

Lunchtime Concert Series

Frankie Gavin is one of Irish traditional music’s most renowned proponents. From his first TV appearance playing the tinwhistle aged seven, through sixteen albums with the seminal Dé Dannan, seven solo albums, his adventures in the realms of Jazz, Gospel, and Klezmer, to appearances and recordings with such luminaries as Earl Scruggs, Stephane Grapelli, Sir Yehudi Menuhin, and The Rolling Stones, he is one of the outstanding Irish performers of the past thirty years. Seán Keegan is London-born, of Irish parents. Originally, he trained as a classical mandolin player at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, he is now a renowned and sought-after traditional musician, playing mostly banjo. He is a regular tutor at the Irish World Academy.


Thursday 7th April

Students of the MA Contemporary Dance In this second semester, students of the MA in Contemporary Dance Performance have continued to work under the direction of guest artists and tutors to create a number of original choreographies and improvisational scores. In addition they have also collaborated, throughout the year, with students of the MA in Music Technology to create new works. The guest artists for this Semester include Jean Butler, Colin Dunne, Oscar Mascareñas, Fearghus Ó Conchúir, Liz Roche, Nigel Rolfe and Mairéad Vaughan. The programme for this lunchtime features a number of choreographies selected from those created throughout the year under the direction of the guest artists and Course Director Mary Nunan.

Thursday 14th April

University of Limerick Gospel Choir (In aid of Hope & Homes for Children, Romania) The UL Gospel Choir brings together students and staff from the UL community to perform a repertoire that ranges from spirituals to funk, working songs to celebration anthems. The choir is under the direction of Oscar Mascarenas, course director of the BA Voice and Dance at the Irish World Academy. The choir continues its long-standing affiliation with Hope and Homes for Children and performs two fundraising concerts every year for the organisation.

MAY Friday 13th May, 1 pm

Theatre 1, Irish World Academy Final Performances of Students on the MA Irish Traditional Dance Performance Programme Students of the MA in Irish Traditional Dance Performance programme present a concert of solo and ensemble works. These include traditional and new contemporary theatrical dance pieces devised by both the students themselves and tutors on the programme, including Olive Beecher, Breandán de Gallaí, Katarina Mojzisova, Mairéad O’Connor, Michael Ryan, and Catherine Foley, director of the programme.

Irish World Academy Of Music And Dance


Wednesdays 2.30 – 5 pm

January to May 2011 Venue: Tower Theatre Irish World Academy University of Limerick

Canadian fiddler Jon Pilatske in concert with The Chieftains, Nov 2010 Photograph © Maurice Gunning


Robert Ketchell Daniel Cordier

Cathríona Murphy

FEBRUARY Wednesday 2nd February ‘Academy Day’ Seminar Speakers: Daniel Cordier (dlb Cordier Architects, London) Desmond Kinney (Artist) Robert Ketchell (Sansui Design, London)

Chair: Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin (Director, Irish World Academy)

Speakers: Cathríona Murphy (Irish World Academy) Dr Jonathan Skinner (Queens University Belfast)


The Sionna Mosaic: Artist Des Kinney speaks on his spectacular mosaic surrounding the Tower Theatre itself. Éigse: The Irish Zen Garden: Robert Ketchell

About the speakers:

speaks on the Japanese Karesansui Níwa garden tradition re-imagined by him in an Irish setting located beside the Tower Theatre.

Cathríona Murphy Salsa Dance and Music Through the Eyes of a Deaf Community.

Further details - page 22, Special Events section

Abstract: Concomitant with mainstream audio-centrecisms comes a deficit of dance practice among members of the Deaf community. Mainstream teaching favours audio-centric didactic methods with the resultant exclusion of many deaf people. This paper is centred on an analysis of the

World Academy Building, Daniel Cordier, speaks on the inspiration behind his building.

Seminar Series

Ethnochoreology Seminar Feeling Salsa

Dr Catherine Foley is course director of the MA Ethnochoreology and the MA Irish Traditional Dance Performance programmes at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick; she also supervises doctoral research in dance at the Academy. Catherine is Founding Chair Emerita of Dance Research Forum Ireland, and is the Project Leader of the National Dance Archive of Ireland.

A House of Light: The acclaimed architect of the Irish


Wednesday 16th February

perceptions of a cohort of deaf community members who undertook a six week Latin-American dance course which was designed specifically to suit their needs. The course was designed collaboratively by a team which included the presenter, the Director of the Centre for Deaf Studies at Trinity College Dublin, and the Director of the Deaf Community Centre in Limerick. The paper will outline the process by which this bespoke course was designed and implemented as a pilot project. Employing a combination of qualitative and quantitative research methods, this paper will present the germinal findings uncovered during the course of this six-week beginner salsa course which was delivered in the summer of 2010. The subsequent findings of an on-line survey with the participants will elucidate the salsa dance class experience from a Deaf community’s perspective. This ongoing study has implications for the future transmission of Latin-American dance to members of the Deaf community. Cathríona Murphy is a graduate of the Master of Arts in Ethnochoreology, University of Limerick. Her MA thesis focused on the transmission of Latin-American dance in Ireland which resonated with her keen interest in pedagogy. Over the past three years she has lectured on the BA Voice and Dance, as well as many other programmes within the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick. She has extensive teaching experience spanning a cross section of cultural milieus. Cathriona worked in Management for 12 years and qualified as a Life and Business Coach (Accredited by the European Coaching Institute) in 2004. She is the Director of an Arts Promotion Company which founded iSalsa Live, a Latin dance/music company that explores the intimate relationship between music and dance.

Catherine Foley

Daithí Kearney Éamonn Costello

Dr Jonathan Skinner

Niall Keegan

Dr Jonathan Skinner: The Salsa Class: a complexity of globalization, cosmopolitans and emotions. Abstract: This paper is about the salsa dance: how it is taught; and how, why, and where it is learned. This modern social leisure pursuit has gained in popularity such that it can be found practiced throughout the world. Its social nature makes it an attractive activity for cosmopolitan citizens seeking to connect with others through a portable “decontextualised” skill that they can acquire. Despite the similarity of salsa classes and salsa dancing in many major cities of the world, there are differences in meaning and intent for the participants. This paper examines salsa dancing in several major cities and shows that the city is reflected in the salsa as - respectively - segregated (Belfast), multicultural (Hamburg), and cosmopolitan (Sacramento). In other words, the globalization of salsa has not resulted in its homogenization. Local particularities and individual reactions, particularly in terms of dancers’ emotions, are how this global export is being received. Jonathan Skinner graduated with an MA in Social Anthropology from the University of St Andrews (1993). This was followed by a PhD also from St Andrews (1997). He has held research fellowships at Keele (1998-1999), Oxford (2002-2003) and California State University Sacramento (2007). He has taught at the University of St Andrews (1993-1996), the University of Keele (1998-1999), St Peter’s College, Oxford (2002-2003), and the University of Abertay Dundee (1996-2002). In 2006 he was awarded a Graduateship City & Guilds Senior Award in Anthropology, the first to be awarded in the discipline. He is currently Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology and Head of

Undergraduate Recruitment in the School of History and Anthropology, Queen’s University Belfast. Current activities and research include working with NI-based arts health charities examining the nature of part-time residencies in creative artists, cross-border All Ireland research on dancing for health in senior citizens, and dark tourism guiding in Belfast. With Professor Helena Wulff (Stockholm University), he is co-editor of the Berghahn book series ‘Dance and Performance Studies’.

MARCH Wednesday March 2nd

Music and Locality – examining the paradigms of regional style Speakers: Daithí Kearney (University College Cork): ‘How long is a piece of string: concepts of area and distance in musical regions’ Éamonn Costello (Irish World Academy): The Regional Style Hypothesis and its Impact on Sean-nós Singing. Niall Keegan (Irish World Academy): ‘Music, imagination and the creation of ‘tradition’’

About the speakers: Daithí Kearney has recently completed a PhD on the geography of Irish traditional music at UCC. He has toured with a number of groups including Nuada and Siamsa

Tíre, and was Artistic Director of the Cork International Folk Dance Festival, 2005. He won the All-Ireland senior mandolin in 2001. His research concerns the geography of regional identities in traditional music. Éamonn Costello is from An Cheathrú Rua (Carraroe) in the Connemara Gaeltacht. His plays the button accordion and the uilleann pipes. He has guested on collaborations with a number of musicians and groups, including: Mactíra (2000), Frozen Fish (6-Pack, 2004), and Papua Merdeka: Tribal Songs of Love and Freedom (2004).In 2010 Éamonn released a duet album with Cathal Clohessy from Limerick called Bosca Ceoil and Fiddle. Éamonn holds a B.A in Irish Music and Dance from the Irish World Academy and an M.A in Ethnomusicology from University College Cork. He is currently undertaking a PhD at the Irish World Academy on cultural nationalism and sean-nós singing in Ireland. Niall Keegan is course director of the BA Irish Music and Dance at the Irish World Academy. He was born in the south east of England and began playing Irish traditional flute at an early age amongst the community of first and second generation musicians in and around London. He was flute soloist with the RTE Concert Orchestra’s live broadcast of Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin’s full orchestral version for traditional flute and orchestra of Oileán/Island in 2008 broadcast across Europe and Australia. Widely regarded as one of Ireland’s most innovative flute players, he is also – with his wife Sandra Joyce – a key innovator in the integration of traditional music into higher education. His solo album Don’t Touch the Elk was released in 1999 on his own independent label to huge critical acclaim and still stands as one of the key cult recordings of Irish traditional flute playing.


Professor Jane Edwards Tríona McCaffrey Sue Baines

Wednesday 9th March

Music and Health Research Group Seminar Music & Health Research group in conjunction with Irish World Academy present ‘Is there a role for Music Therapy in mental health services in Ireland?’

Speakers: Professor Jane Edwards - Director, MA Music Therapy, Irish World Academy, Music & Health Research Group Tríona McCaffrey - Music & Health Research Group, Irish World Academy Sue Baines - Music Therapist, Canada

Seminar Series

Tommy Hayes - Limerick Mental Health Services


Dr Dominic Fannon - Consultant Psychiatrist, Recovery Team, Mayo Mental Health Services.

About the speakers: Professor Jane Edwards joined the Irish World Academy in 1999 after 7 years leading the music therapy programme at the University of Queensland. Australia. She is Director for the Music & Health Research Group, founded to bring together researchers from Ireland, Germany and Norway in

Tommy Hayes

collaborative research about the arts in healthcare. Jane is an experienced clinician, researcher and teacher, with specialist expertise in music in medical contexts, and music therapy in family centred care. She is the President of the International Association for Music & Medicine ( In 2011 she is convening a summer school "Qualitative methods in healthcare research" at UL funded by IRCHSS and in collaboration with colleagues from NUIG, and UL faculty from Occupational Therapy and Sociology. Tríona McCaffrey is a graduate of the MA in Music Therapy Programme at the Irish World Academy and has worked as a music therapy practitioner in mental health for four years having established a full-time position in Mayo Mental Health Services. She has worked in the areas of Recovery, community mental health and Psychiatry of Old Age and is particularly interested in service users’ experience of mental health services in Ireland. Tríona currently lectures on the MA Music Therapy programme at the Academy. Sue Baines, MMT, MTA is an internationally renowned Music Therapist who has worked in mental health and long term care for many years. She teaches in the Bachelor of Music Therapy program at Capilano College in North Vancouver, Canada and is a Fellow of the Association for Music and Imagery having trained at the Southeast Institute for Music Centred Psychotherapy in Atlanta, GA. Sue completed her Masters in Music Therapy from New York University and has published a number of articles in Music Therapy and other disciplinary publications. She has taught workshops and seminars across Canada as well as in the United States and South Africa.

Tommy Hayes completed a Master’s Degree in Music Therapy from the University of Limerick in 2002. He currently works as a Music Therapist in a variety of clinical settings in the area of special needs and mental health and has extensive experience of working with adolescents. He is in his final year of training as a ‘Guided Imagery & Music’ therapist with Professor Leslie Bunt. Tommy is also a renowned percussionist at the forefront of traditional Irish music for over 30 years, having performed and recorded with most of the great names in traditional music and beyond. He has released two solo albums An Ras and A Room in the North and has recorded music for a number of film and theatre productions with output numbers in excess of 400 albums. Dr Dominic Fannon MD, MMSc, MRCPsych, MSc (CBT) Dr Fannon is a consultant general adult psychiatrist with a special interest in rehabilitation with the Recovery Team, Mayo Mental Health Service and visiting senior lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, London. He is Chair of Faculty of Social and Rehabilitation Psychiatry, College of Psychiatry of Ireland. He trained on the western region postgraduate training scheme and at the Maudsley Hospital. His special interests include psychological treatment of psychosis and early intervention.

Wednesday 30th March

Music and Marginalised Communities: Limerick Case Studies Speakers: Kathleen Turner (Irish Chamber Orchestra) Ailbhe Kenny (Mary Immaculate College) Dr Helen Phelan (Irish World Academy)

Helen Phelan

Kathleen Turner Ailbhe Kenny

Chair: Jean Downey (Irish World Academy)

About the speakers: Kathleen Turner: Community Music in the Classroom: A Case study Sing Out with Strings is an ongoing Irish Chamber Orchestra Community Engagement Initiative which aims to support the social aspect of regeneration in Limerick City by assisting the personal, social and academic development of primary school children through a positive experience of community music making. Sing Out works with 300 children in three schools in Limerick City, providing ongoing workshops in singing, song writing and violin tuition. This presentation maps the ongoing development of the project and, in particular, looks at the growing role of music within the culture of each school. It will also explore the changes noted in each school by pupils and staff and, as a consequence, argue for a greater role for music within the school environment. Biography: Kathleen Turner is the Education Officer for the Irish Chamber Orchestra, where she designs and implements projects bringing live orchestral music, singing and music making into the classroom. She is a Community Musician working primarily with the voice and works as Musical Director of the Limerick Gospel Choir. She also teaches Gospel Voice at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick.

Ailbhe Kenny: Sounding out: examining a third level-community music partnership This research examines a music education partnership in Limerick between Mary Immaculate College student teachers, primary school children in Moyross, and the Northside Learning Hub, a Limerick resource agency. The case study in its use of a ‘community of musical practice’ framework teases out the actual development of such a community, the complexities that surround issues such as membership and leadership, the musical practices themselves as well as the policies and aims that guided the practices. The wider context of the project gaining support through government agencies (in this case, through two funded organisations) gives the project findings further meaning in relation to setting aims, policies and goals and allowing the ‘community’ flexibility to interpret their own agendas and practices as was evident in this research study. In this manner, the study describes a means of studying the relationship between community, music and learning. Biography: Ailbhe Kenny is Lecturer and Coordinator of Music Education at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick where she teaches at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels and is currently pursuing a PhD at Cambridge University. Ailbhe held a two-year research fellowship at St. Patrick’s College, Dublin culminating in the report ‘Knowing the Score: Local Authorities and Music’. She also lectured in music education at St Patrick’s College and has led numerous professional development courses for teachers. Ailbhe has worked as a primary teacher in a mainstream, learning support and specialist music teacher capacity and spent a year on secondment as Arts and Education Officer to ‘The Ark - A Cultural Centre

\For Children’ in Dublin. Ailbhe is a founding member of IME (, a committee member of SMEI, a member of The Swan Research Group (, the International Society for Music Education (ISME) and Forum for Music in Ireland. Helen Phelan: Sonic Hospitality – Music, Community and Migration This paper explores the phenomenon of human migration and its impact on the formation, negotiation and contestation of community. Immigrant populations must often negotiate between ghettoisation and isolation, on the one hand, and assimilation and adaptation on the other. The preservation of an ‘indigenous’ culture can come into conflict with the competing demands of a new cultural context. The potential of music to contribute to these negotiations is examined through the introduction of the concept of ‘sonic hospitality’. Drawing on the work of scholars such as Derrida, Kristeva and Asad, it is proposed that music has a unique ability to offer a form of ‘unconditional’ hospitality; one which goes beyond the conditional hospitality of language, the law, and constructed boundaries of belonging / not-belonging. The implications of ‘sonic hospitality’ for music education are also explored. The paper is grounded with reference to the ‘Sanctuary’ project which has been coordinated by the Irish World Academy in association with Doras Luimní since 2000 and works with new migrant groups in Limerick. Biography: Helen Phelan is the Associate Director of the Irish World Academy. She is the director of the PhD Arts Practice programme at the Academy and was course director of the MA Chant and Ritual Song from 2000-2009. Her research interests are in ritual and performance studies. She is director of the ‘Sanctuary’ initiative which develops cultural programmes with new migrant communities in Limerick.


Tommy Potts Dermot McLoughlin Rab Cherry

Wednesday 30th March Performing Potts

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The life and music of Dublin fiddler Tommy Potts (1912 – 1988) There has been much said and written on the place of iconic fiddler Tommy Potts in Irish traditional Music. Was he a bastion of tradition, a dangerous innovator, an exponent of the fundamentals of artistic expression in the traditional idiom or a creative leap too far for this music? Many musicians source him as a major source of inspiration while some might argue that the sounds produced by Tommy Potts have not had a substantial influence on the tradition. In this early evening, curated by East Clare fiddler, Martin Hayes as part of his residency here, the creative practices of Tommy will be explored and examined in performance by fiddle students at the Academy and Martin himself. This will be followed by a seminar, chaired by Niall Keegan, with presentations from Martin and Professor Micheal O Suilleabhain who has produced an extraordinary body of research on the music of Tommy Potts. In both seminar and performance the question will be posed: what is the relevance of Potts to Irish music today and how does he point us to established paths of tradition and new avenues of innovation.

Schedule: 5pm, Theatre 1 – Performing Potts. A performance inspired by the music of Tommy Potts by Irish World Academy fiddles and Martin Hayes 6pm, Tower Theatre – Talking Potts. A seminar about the music of Tommy Potts and his place in tradition. Presenters, Martin Hayes and Micheal O Suilleabhain. (chaired by Niall Keegan)


Katie Boyle

APRIL Tuesday 12th April

Kathleen Boyle

Speakers: Dermot McLoughlin (CEO, Temple Bar Cultural Trust)

Néilidh Boyle Day

Rab Cherry (Cairdeas na bhFidiléirí)

The music of Néillidh Boyle (1889-1961) typifies that of a master fiddle player, within both the Donegal Fiddle idiom to which he belongs and the wider Irish Traditional Music paradigm. He was born in Pennsylvania to emigrant parents from Donegal and returned to Ireland at the age of 10 where he pursued a long and successful career as a musician, spending his final year in Glasgow, Scotland. Whilst his music pertains to many of the idiosyncrasies of the Donegal fiddle tradition, his style transcends that of his region, incorporating various stylistic features from alternative sources, including the lilting of his mother and grandfather; the Scottish Fiddle idiom; his contemporary classical musicians (in particular Yehudi Menuhin, Fritz Kreisler and Jan Kubelic); his natural surroundings; and, most famously – the musical gifts bestowed upon him by the Fairies. Today we celebrate the recent release by Cairdeas na bhFidiléirí of Néillidh’s recordings from 1937 to 1953 with an examination of his music, life and opinions by some of the major protagonists in the resurgence of the Donegal tradition and members of his family. We will reveal an exceptional character, a purist as well as an adventurist, displaying an emotional creativity that captures the imagination and that is truly indicative of a musical genius.

Katie Boyle (School of Law, University of Limerick) Kathleen Boyle (Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Dance)

Chair: Niall Keegan (Irish World Academy)

About the speakers: Dermot McLaughlin was born in Derry in 1961 and has been based in Dublin since 1979. He graduated from Trinity College, where he was a Foundation Scholar, with a first class honours BA in Early & Modern Irish and in 2001 was awarded a M.Sc. (Mgmt) in Organisational Behaviour. Before joining TBCT in 2003, Dermot was an Assistant Director of the Arts Council, responsible for grants, human resources and general planning and management. Dermot is well known as a traditional musician, producer, broadcaster and writer. He is a director of a number of high profile cultural organisations including Dublin Dance Festival (Chairman) and the Irish Traditional Music Archive (Chairman) and in 2005-2008 was External Examiner in traditional music performance at the University of Limerick. He has served on a number of other boards including the Irish Architectural Foundation, Rough Magic Theatre Company, the Irish Theatre Institute and the business association TASCQ.

Rab Cherry was born in Belfast in 1956. He has a particular interest in traditional music especially Donegal fiddle music. He worked in precision mechanical engineering for some years and has been involved in making and repairing fiddles, violas and bows since 1978. He is one of the founder members (and current Chairman) of Cairdeas na bhFidiléirí, an organization set up in 1983 to foster the development and preservation of Donegal fiddle music with funding from the Arts Council. Rab has been involved in producing a number of albums of largely solo Donegal fiddle music including four compilations and records by James Byrne, John Doherty, Con Cassidy and Frank Cassidy. Katie Boyle graduated with a First Class Honours Masters in Irish Traditional Music Performance from the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in 2008 where she thereafter tutored in fiddle from 2008 to 2010. She is a previous All Ireland Champion and semi-finalist in the BBC Scotland Young Musician of the Year. Katie performed with world renowned vocalist, Bobby McFerrin in Limerick in 2008 and also for President Mary McAleese at Áras an Uachtaráin for St Patrick’s Day in 2009. In 2010 she shared the stage with Dónal Lunny at a concert hosted by Blas Summer School and in 2011 played with Dick Gaughan at Leith Folk Club in Edinburgh. Her musical roots rest firmly within the Donegal region complemented by a strong Scottish connection growing up amongst the vibrant Irish community in Glasgow under the musical tuition of Frank McArdle. During her years in Glasgow she became a fiddle tutor at the Irish Minstrels branch of Comhaltas and at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. She is now a trainee Solicitor at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh and maintains an academic career as a PhD candidate in the field of human rights law as the recipient of the Anna Lindh Fellowship from the Department of Foreign Affairs. Kathleen Boyle from Glasgow comes from a family steeped in the traditional music of Donegal. She has won All-Scotland and All-Britain titles on the Accordion and Piano and is a talented pianist in addition to her prowess on the accordion. In 1999 she made history as the first graduate of traditional music in Scotland, receiving her

degree from the R.S.A.M.D. where she now lectures. Kathleen is also in demand as a tutor, regularly teaching at Feisean, Plockton Traditional Music school of Excellence, Comhaltas workshops and adjucating Irish music competitions. Kathleen is a member of the bands Dochas, Cherish the Ladies, Tirconnail and St Roch's ceili band. She has appeared on numerous national television and radio shows in the UK, America and Canada. She has extensively toured the UK, America and Canada having performed at Festivals in Ireland, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Austria and Czech Republic.


Unsettled people: The Art, Culture and Politics of the Karen Burma is a country of vast ethnic diversity consisting of approximately 15 different ethnic groups. The largest ethnic minority group living in the mountain ranges of eastern Burma and north-western Thailand at present is the Karen. The Karen make up approximately 7% of the total Burmese population of 47 million. There are over 7 million Karen in Burma, and over 400,000 in Thailand. Karen speaking people are divided into two-sub groups- the Skaw and the Pwo spread mainly on the Burma frontier with Thailand. What the Karen people aspired to have was a Karen state within Burma, a subdivision of the areas where they formed the majority of the population similar to what had been granted to the Shan, Arakanese and Chin ethnic groups within Burma. However thousands of political and economic migrants flee Burma for Thailand every year due to the increasingly dangerous conditions of living for its poverty stricken people there. The State Development and Peace Council (SPCD) is Myanmar’s repressive ruling military junta whose aim is to bring all ethnic groups under their control. Members of certain ethnic groups are particularly at risk especially the Karen, who live in areas of conflict between the military and rebel fighters. The Karen people were subject to mass forced relocations, the destruction of their villages and economies, and even forced labour back in their homeland.

Many of these people have fled across the Thai border and are now living in refugee camps which were set up by the Thai military around twenty five years ago. Mae Sot is a town in Western Thailand that shares a border with Myanmar (Burma) and is a mainland gateway containing a substantial population of Burmese refugees and economic migrants. Approx 70 kilometres north of Mae sot lies a UN administered refugee camp where refugees have been fleeing persecution in Myanmar for over 25 years.Up to 200,000 Karen have been driven from their homes during decades of war, with 120,000 more refugees from Burma, mostly Karen, living in refugee camps on the Thai side of the border. It is clear that the current situation in Burma is unsustainable but the present ruling military junta has a firm and powerful grip over Burma, a situation that has resulted in catastrophic consequences for not only Burmans but also ethnic minority groups. What is crucial for the Karen community is the survival of their own cultural traditions within these refugee camps; traditions which include dance, costume, storytelling and music.

Scottish piper Iain McDonald, lunchtime concert, 2009 Photograph © Maurice Gunning


Michelle Mulcahy

Speakers: Decha Tangseefa (Thammasat University, Bankok) Raphassa Olanwat (University of Phayao, Thailand) Michelle Mulcahy (Irish World Academy) Mick Moloney (New York University)

About the speakers:

Lunchtime Seminar Concert Series

Decha Tangseefa is a political scientist at Thammasat University, Bangkok and has served as director of the PhD Program, Faculty of Political Science. His research interests are political theory and philosophy, critical international studies, and cultural studies, especially relating to displaced peoples. For more than three straight years, he has also been teaching in a “temporary shelter area,” the Thai state’s name for refugee camp, along the Thai-Burmese border zones. He is leading an umbrella research project entitled Streams of Knowledge along the Thai-Burmese Border Zones: Multiple Dimensions of People, Capital and Culture, involving researchers from five countries.

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Raphassa Olanwat is the head of the Social Development Program, School of Liberal Arts, University of Phayao, north of Thailand. Her research interests lie in the nexus of people and space. The former are the displaced, especially the Karens; the latter is the Thai-Burmese borderland. Apart from once teaching in a “temporary shelter area” for a semester, she has been a team member of the research project Streams of Knowledge along the Thai-Burmese Border Zones.

Mick Moloney

Michelle Mulcahy is one of Ireland’s most talented and gifted multi-instrumentalists in Irish traditional music today. She is considered to be one of Ireland’s most adroit and creative harpers. ‘Her revolutionary style on the harp is scintillating-played with power and panache, no concession to the complexity of the instrument, confirming her as one of the most significant musicians redefining harp at present’(The Living Tradition). She is a regular performer and tutor worldwide and has toured extensively in Europe, United States, Canada, China, Australia and Vietnam. Michelle has three highly acclaimed albums recorded by American record label Shanachie and Irish record label Cló Iar Chonnachta. She was awarded the prestigious TG4 Young Musician of the Year in 2006 and was also awarded Female Musician of the Year in 2005 at the Live-Ireland awards in the United States. She has recently recorded with Bill Whelan and the Irish Chamber Orchestra on his highly acclaimed Connemara suite album which has recently being released. Michelle completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music in UCC. She progressed on to postgraduate study at the University of Limerick where she graduated with a first class Master’s degree in Ethnomusicology and in the following year in Music Education. She is now currently pursuing PhD studies in Arts Practice at the University of Limerick, her research topic titled Symbol, Affect and Performance: A performative inquiry exploring the symbolism of the Irish and Karen Harp Traditions. Mick Moloney combines the careers of professional musician, folklorist, musicologist, teacher and arts presenter and advocate. He holds a Ph.D. in folklore and folklife from the University of Pennsylvania. He has taught

ethnomusicology, folklore and Irish studies courses at the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University and Villanova University and currently teaches at New York University in the Irish Studies Program and the Music Dept. In 2008 he won the Golden Dozen Award for teaching excellence at NYU. He is an accomplished singer as well as an instrum¬entalist and possesses a vast storehouse of songs and instrumental pieces from the Irish and Irish-American tradition. He is the author of Far From the Shamrock Shore: The Irish American Experience in Song, published by Crown Publications/Random House in 2002 with an accompanying CD on Shanachie Records. He has recorded and produced over sixty albums of traditional music and acted as advisor for scores of festivals and concerts all over America. He has served on National Endowment for the Arts panels and tax forces and hosted three nationally syndicated series of folk music on American Public Television. He was a consultant, performer and interviewee on the Irish Television special Bringing It All Back Home, a participant, consultant and music arranger of the PBS documentary film, Out of Ireland and a music researcher and performer on the 1998 PBS special The Irish in America: Long Journey Home. In 1999 he was awarded the National Heritage Award from the National Endowment for the Arts – the highest official honor a traditional artist can receive in the United States. His latest two internationally acclaimed CD’s McNally’s Row of Flats and If It Wasn’t For the Irish and the Jews, explore songs of the nineteenth and early twentieth century popular stage in America. McNally’s Row of Flats was named the best album of the year by the Irish Echo in 2007 and If It Wasn’t for the Irish and the Jews won the Irish Livies award for best Irish album of the year in 2007 and 2009 respectively.

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Clare fiddlers Peadar O’Loughlin and Martin Hayes, lunchtime concert, Nov 2010 Photograph Š Maurice Gunning???????


Simon O’Dwyer Buíon

JANUARY Thursday 27th at 5pm Friday 28th January at 1 pm Buíon: Collective with Nigel Rolfe Theatre 1, Irish World Academy Absence and Loss Flat Pack Run On

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As part of the Belltable Arts Centre’s Unfringed Festival Performance Artist Nigel Rolfe, along with Academy faculty Mary Nunan and Óscar Mascareñas perform, together with dancers Lisa Cahill, Mihaela Griveva, Laura Murphy, Amy Prendergast and Cathy Walsh as part of an evening of new works, created and directed by Nigel Rolfe. In addition to the live performance of Absence and Loss and Flat Pack which is a 9 part improvisation, the programme will also include a video entitled “Run On” filmed and edited by JJ Rolfe with music by MA Music Technology student Hugh Lynch. The process of developing these three works began in the first Semester, with a series of intensive workshop directed by Nigel Rolfe. All the material created since that time has been developed in collaboration with the performers. Buíon: Collective with Nigel Rolfe has been developed with assistance from Patricia Moriarty/UL Arts Office and from Belltable Arts Centre.


FEBRUARY Wednesday February 2nd

A House of Light Academy Ritual Celebration

Lecture: 11am Tower Theatre (ends 12 noon) Irish Bronze Age Horns and Trumpets: An Introduction Simon O’Dwyer and Maria O’Dwyer A one hour demonstration of the unique collection of Bronze Age horn and trumpet replicas constructed and played by Simon O’Dwyer.

Performance: 1.15pm Theatre One (ends 2pm) Performance by Simon O’Dwyer (Irish Bronze Age Horns and Trumpets), with Tommy Hayes (Bodhrán) and Mel Mercier (Bones). Instruments by these three musicians are sealed in the Ritual Foundation Pit in the Academy Foyer where a Foundation ritual will take place at 4pm (see below).

Seminar: 2.30pm Tower Theatre (ends 4pm) Chair: Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin (Director, Irish World Academy) A House of Light: The acclaimed architect of the Irish World Academy Building, Daniel Cordier, speaks on the inspiration behind his building. The Sionna Mosaic: Artist Des Kinney speaks on his spectacular mosaic surrounding the Tower Theatre itself.

Éigse: The Irish Zen Garden: Robert Ketchell speaks on the Japanese Karesansui Níwa garden tradition re-imagined by him in an Irish setting located beside the Tower Theatre.

Ritual: 4pm Academy Foyer (ends 5.00pm) Chair: Dr Helen Phelan (Associate Director, Irish World Academy) Introduced by Seán Ó Duinn (Order of Saint Benedict, Glenstal Abbey) Foundation Ritual performed by Nepalese Shaman, Yarjung Krumchai Tamu. Yarjung Krumchai Tamu A tradition bearer of ritual drumming and chanting of the Tamu Shamans of Nepal, Yarung was trained by his father to be a shaman from the age of five. Tamu shamans in Nepal use spiritual healing processes and oral texts passed down from their ancestors when performing rituals vital to Tamu life. Frequently in the ancient Cho Kyui language, the oral texts of this foundation ritual are here translated into Tamu, Nepali, and English. Simon O’Dwyer has been reproducing and musically exploring Irish instruments from prehistory for over twenty years. Ranging from Late Bronze Age horns to the great Celtic trumpas of the Middle Iron Age and on to wood wind instruments of early Christianity, his research has indicated strong possibilities as to the reasons why these horns and trumpas were designed and how they may have been played.

Mel Mercier Seán Ó Duinn

Tommy Hayes

MARCH Ireland’s extensive collection of surviving pre-historic trumpets, horns, bells and others are globally unique. These instruments span at least 3,000 years from 2,000 B.C. to 1,000 A.D. and are the product of several distinct cultural eras. In 1986 Simon set up Prehistoric Music Ireland and the first accurate reproductions were made of a pair of bronze horns from Co. Antrim. Almost immediately new and exciting discoveries came to light about how to make and play these instruments. Seán Ó Duinn O.S.B. A member of the Benedictine monastery of Glenstal Abbey, Ireland, Seán O Duinn conducted the ritual surrounding the sealing of the Ritual Pit at the Irish World Academy in March 2010. Internationally known for his passionate grasp of Celtic ritual practice, An Dochtúir Ó Duinn is widely in demand both as an academic speaker and as a creative liturgical celebrant in the Christian tradition. A tradition-bearer of Christian liturgical practice, he listens to tradition even as he looks at it. His liturgical work is subsequently as striking as a peacock’s tail. Des Kinney works from a family based studio ‘Kinney Design’ in Belfast. He has been creating artworks for more than forty years in Ireland and various European cities. Specialising in glass mosaic murals some of his best-known works include ‘Sweeney Astray’ in the University concert Hall, University of Limerick, ‘Cats’ at Belfast Castle. He describes his Sionna Mosaic at the Irish World Academy as his magnum opus. Robert Ketchell has had nearly twenty-five years of experience of the gardens of Kyoto where he originally studied as an apprentice to a Master Gardener. He is a Director of Sansui-Design Ltd, a company designing and creating gardens worldwide, as well as lecturing and

teaching on the subject. He has written a book on creating Japanese style gardens, and made a documentary film, Shishu, on the garden tradition. He was also involved with the formation of the Japanese Garden Society (UK), and served for several years as Chairman of the Society. Tommy Hayes is internationally known as a master percussionist in the Irish tradition. He is also an ardent ecologist and champion of the Irish Seed Savers Association. Of his many compositions and recordings, his most recent is the DVD Apples in Winter: A Celebration of the Irish Apple in Music, Dance and Film which will be launched at the Irish World Academy on 9th March 2011. Tommy deposited a much loved bodhrán of his - made by the legendary Chalie Bryne (Thurles) – in the Ritual Pit sealing in March 2010. He also provided for the occasion a bag of hazelnuts (reputed to contain éigse, the secret of creativity and wisdom) gathered from the fort of Brian Boru, the 11th century Irish High King. Mel Mercier is widely acclaimed as a composer, performer, and academic. A bodhrán and bones player of extraordinary dexterity and imagination, his style has absorbed many global percussion traditions within an Irish manner unique to him. He is Head of the School of Music and Theatre at University College Cork, and has just been awarded a PhD for his work at the Irish World Academy entitled Meschner Bones Style: Syncopations on the Amercian Landscape. At the Ritual Pit sealing in March 2010, Mel deposited a set of bones given to him by his father, Peadar Mercier – bodhrán player with Sean O Riada’s 1960s Ceoltóirí Chualainn and later with The Chieftains.

Wednesday 9th March, 5.15 pm Launch of Apples in Winter DVD The Launch will be performed by Professor Michael Hennerty (Chair of Horticulture, University College Dublin)

Apples in Winter is a new multimedia presentation showcasing the best of traditional music and song and contemporary dance with a 60 minute film backdrop of the turning of the seasons through the growth of apple trees. Apples have long held a special place in international mythology including Ireland. Here, a beautifully shot film by Fergus Tighe provides a wonderful backdrop to tell the story of these apples and apple trees through music, song, dance and film. Curator and designer of the project Tommy Hayes had long wanted to make a film about the lost apple varieties of Ireland which had been found and brought back to life – linking it into music, song, and dance with a group of musicians performing live with the film as a background, and with funding from the Arts Council’s Deis Scheme and support from the Clare arts office, the project was brought to fruition. The curator endeavoured to pick a cross section of musical pieces that reflect the depth of the tradition; ranging from deeply religious songs that use the apple as a metaphor for divinity to the comic music hall songs from the late 18th and early 19th century. Some of the tunes will be familiar to us and others are quite obscure including some which have crossed the Atlantic and returned in different guises as country songs.



Special Events

Dennis Cahill Eileen O Brien

The film is shot throughout County Clare with a large amount of the film shot at Irish Seed Savers which holds the Native Apple Tree Collection. This performance is also available to buy as a double DVD, CD set. Irish Seed Savers which is an internationally recognised environmental charity will receive the proceeds of this film which will help it continue its research, conservation and utilisation of rare varieties of Apples trees, vegetables, potatoes and grains. ( 5.15 pm Reception, Irish World Academy Foyer 5.45 pm Launch Speech by Professor Michael Hennerty, Theatre 1 5.55pm Apples in Winter film showing, Theatre 1 7.00pm Ends

APRIL April 2011

IPEDAK Erasmus Funded “New Ethnochoreologists” Seminar Since 2003, Dr Catherine Foley and students of the MA Ethnochoreology programme at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance have attended the University of Trondheim, Norway, to participate in the New Ethnochoreologists” ten-day intensive Erasmus funded programme. In April, 2011, Dr Catherine Foley, Mats Melin, Dr Colin Quigley and students of both the MA Ethnochoreology programme and the MA Ethnomusicology programme will again participate in the programme in Norway.

Dónal Lunny

All of this is supplemented by lectures, illustrated talks, workshops and other activities such as field-trips, sessions, lunchtime and evening concerts and céilís that help to give the broadest possible understanding of the tradition as well as advancing practical skills. The Paul Brady Blas Scholarships which were launched at Blas 2010 will continue to be available for Blas 2011. The recipients will benefit from master classes from some of Ireland’s most respected traditional musicians, singers and dancers. For further information about Blas and the Paul Brady Scholarships, contact Ernestine Healy, Director Blas Summer School of Irish Traditional Music and Dance at or see

JUNE 20th June to 1st July

Blas Summer School Of Irish Traditional Music And Dance

Students of the MA Contemporary Dance Performance, rehearsal Autumn 2010 Photograph © Maurice Gunning

The Blas Summer School of Irish Traditional Music and Dance at the Irish World Academy is now firmly established as one of Ireland’s most prestigious summer schools. Blas combines the familiar concept of master classes in instrument, voice & dance as found in many summer schools, but with small class sizes and the unparalleled level of student interaction with tutors that this can offer.


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The new home of the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick was officially launched on September 24th 2010 by An Taoiseach Brian Cowen TD. The launch was marked by a cultural celebration including performances by the Chieftains, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Dónal Lunny, Rex Levitates Dance Company as well as by students of the Academy.

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The €21 million, 5000 sq metre building was designed to specifically combine the elements of research, teaching and performance by leading French Architect Daniel Cordier, who was appointed following an international design competition in 2004. It contains two purpose-built theatres, a generous array of specialist dance floors, music and dance rehearsal studios, teaching studios, faculty offices, open plan project areas, a state-of-the-art, 40 desk Research Centre, a Zen Garden a spectacular mosaic by Desmond Kinney, an open-air amphitheatre space, a street-style foyer and its own high quality BLAS café.

An Taoiseach Brian Cowen with UL President Don Barry, Academy Opening, Sept 2010

The Chieftains with Niall Keegan, Academy official opening, Sept 2010


Paddy Moloney of the Chieftains, Academy Opening, Sept 2010

The new facility will operate as a naturally ventilated building with minimal mechanical ventilation to reduce its long-term carbon footprint. The design, which was developed in response to the ecology of the site on Ireland’s greenest campus at UL, utilised weather data from Shannon airport to understand the microclimate and to design the independent below ground plenum air supplies to the two theatres. Since its establishment in 1994 the Academy has seen over 1500 students graduate from its 10 postgraduate and three undergraduate fulltime degree programmes. The international base of the student population continues to expand. Current EU countries represented among the Academy’s student population include Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, UK, Ireland. Non EU countries represented include Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Columbia, Nigeria, South Africa, Japan and China.

National Dance Archive of Ireland Established The National Dance Archive of Ireland (NDAI) has been established at the Glucksman Library, University of Limerick. This has been achieved through a partnership between Dance Research Forum Ireland, the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, the Glucksman Library – University of Limerick, and the Arts Council. The seed funding for the establishment of the archive was awarded by the Arts Council. The National Dance Archive is inclusive of all dance forms and provides an important resource for dancers, dance scholars, and all those interested in the field of dance in Ireland, the diaspora, and further afield. It enables the collection, preservation, and sharing of archived dance materials which promotes dance in Ireland and abroad and provides a home for dance as part of human cultural expression, history and heritage. Donations of dance materials to the National Dance Archive are welcome from individuals and organisations. These may include manuscript, audio-visual, printed materials, together with archives of individuals or dance organisations.

The Irish Chamber Orchestra, Academy Opening, Sept 2010 Audience at Official Opening, Sept 2010 An Taoiseach Brian Cowen with Academy Director Micheal O Suilleabhain, Sept 2010

For further information please contact Dr Catherine Foley, Project Leader, National Dance Archive of Ireland, the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick (email:; Tel. + 353 61 202922); or Dr Victoria O’Brien, Development Officer, National Dance Archive of Ireland, the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick (email:


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Community Cultural Pathways At The Irish World Academy

MA Contemporary Dance Performance student Mihaela Griveva, exam performance, October 2010 Photograph Š Maurice Gunning



SANCTUARY / Irish Chamber Orchestra Global Song Programme


Limerick Lullaby Project The Limerick Lullaby project is a study exploring the benefits of mothers singing lullabies during their pregnancy. The Lullaby Research team at the University of Limerick is a collaboration between the School of Nursing & Midwifery, Graduate Entry Medical School, Irish World Academy of Music & Dance and the Irish Chamber Orchestra. The study involved women recruited through the Limerick Regional Maternity antenatal education classes. Pregnancy and birth can be difficult periods in a woman’s life and many women suffer from stress and worries around this time. Medical treatment is not always suitable because of concerns that taking medication may harm the baby. For that reason doctors and midwives are interested in finding other ways to reduce pregnancy stress, such as singing. The aim of this study is to look at the effect of different strategies in relieving stress in pregnancy. The lullabies were taught by Kathleen Turner of the Irish Chamber Orchestra and Oscar Mascareñas, Director of the BA Voice & Dance, Irish World Academy of Music & Dance.

Iranian singer Mamek Khadem, lunchtime concert Autumn 2009


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Sanctuary, funded by the Higher Education Authority, is an Irish World Academy outreach project, which seeks to build bridges between higher education and refugee, asylum seeking and new migrant communities in Ireland. Since its inception in 2001, Sanctuary has hosted six international world sacred music festivals, bringing musicians from Zimbabwe, South Africa, Senegal, Nigeria, Greece, Russia, Norway, Sweden, Croatia, Vietnam and Tibet to Limerick. In September, 2008, Sanctuary embarked on a Global Song programme with Presentation Primary School, Limerick. One of the most multicultural schools in the city, Presentation Primary has a strong commitment to multicultural education and integration through the arts. The global song programme, facilitated by Kathleen Turner (Education Officer, Irish Chamber Orchestra) and students from the MA Ritual Chant and Song at the Academy, culminated in a performance of song, movement, art and readings by the children. In 2009, the Irish Chamber Orchestra came on board as partners in the initiative and a new global song programme commenced in September, 2009. Targeted at the youngest classes, it includes weekly sessions in global song and culminates in an annual performance featuring members of the Irish Chamber Orchestra. In September 2010, Sanctuary and the ICO embarked on a new programme of song writing with Presentation Secondary school.

Sanctuary works in partnership with Doras Luimní, the support group for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in Limerick and, through their Intercultural Office has hosted cultural events such as annual celebration for Ghandi Day (International Day of Non-Violence). This year, we are also organising an event to raise awareness around the Karen refugee camps on the Burmese / Thai border through a celebration of the music of the Karen harp. In December, 2010, the Irish World Academy and the Irish Chamber Orchestra coordinated a celebratory concert to mark the 10th anniversary of Doras Luimni, featuring a newly commissioned anthem for Doras performed by the choir of Presentation Secondary School. Further information: Dr Helen Phelan, Phone: + 353 61 202575, Email:

Buíon: Collective Buíon: Collective was established in 2007 in order to create opportunities for students of the MA in Contemporary Dance Performance to come together with past-graduates and members of the wider professional dance community to participate in once-off workshops, performances and other events. Each Buíon:Collective event invites participants to work together to inspire, challenge and support each other in their practice. Buíon:Collective events to date have been developed and/or hosted in association with Belltable Arts Centre/Joanne Byrne, Dance Ireland/ Paul Johnson, Firkin Crane/Blank Canvas/Jane Kellaghan, Limerick College of Arts and Design, UL Arts Office/Patricia Moriarity, Vibrate Festival Roscommon/ Niamh Condron, Phillip DeLaMere.

International Association for Music & Medicine Buíon: Collective (2008) (1) Performance of "Delete 0" choreographed by Yoshiko Chuma at Vibrate Dance Festival, Roscommon

Music & Health Research Group

Buíon: Collective (2009) (2) Devising interdisciplinary work, mentored by Nigel Rolfe (in association with UL Arts Office and the Limerick College of Art and Design)

The Music & Health Research Group was formed in 2009 to co-ordinate and promote research relevant to the topic of music and human health. Comprising members from Ireland, Germany and Norway, the group has expertise in music therapy for the treatment of medical conditions inlcuding acquired brain injury, mental disorders and people whe have dementia. Members of the group are currently researching music listening as a strategy for emotional self-regulation, music therapists' experience of developing new work, the role of music in parent-infant bonding, and service user evaluation of music therapy in the mental health services. In Summer 2011 members of the group will co-ordinate and teach a summer school on Qualitative methods in healthcare research with funding they received from the Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences.

Buíon: Collective (2009) (3) Symposium: Making work, Sustaining a Practice ( in association with Dance Ireland, Arts Council/Cultural Contact Point) (2009) Buíon: Collective (2010) (4) Guest artist Henry Montes, workshop in dance technique and composition (in association with Dance Ireland and CCP/the Arts Council) Buíon: Collective (2010) (5) Performance by MA students in Firkin Crane, Cork Buíon: Collective (2010) (6) Guest teacher Surprapto Suryodarmo (in association with Ul Arts Office and Amerta Movement Ireland) Two Buíon events are planned for this forthcoming Semester: Nigel Rolfe will direct an original site-specific ensemble performance. It will be premiered at the Belltable's UnFringed Festival in January 2011 (in association with Belltable Arts Centre and UL Arts office) Jean Butler will lead a series of "open" workshops as part of her Irish World Academy residency. For further information about Buíon: Collective, please contact

Director: Professor Jane Edwards


The International Association for Music & Medicine (IAMM) was founded in 2009 at the inaugural meeting in Limerick, Ireland, hosted by the Irish World Academy and the Graduate Medicine School of the University of Limerick. Professor Jane Edwards, Director of the Music & Health Research Group at UL was elected President of this diverse international body at the inaugural meeting. IAMM has 32 founding members who have agreed to serve as the Board of Directors until 2014. The organisation supports a journal Music & Medicine with Co-Editors in Chief Dr Joanne Loewy and Dr Ralph Spintge. IAMM promotes an integrative perspective to applied music in health care. Pursuing an ambitious vision including the dissemination of high level research through the IAMM journal Music & Medicine and gathering a worldwide membership base, the IAMM offers immense capacity for directing attention towards the integration of a wide range of research initiatives and contemporary practices in the uses of music in the healthcare arena. The association also hosts regular conferences, most recently Mozart & Science III in Krems. Austria. The next international conference will be held in Thailand June 2012. The IAMM promotes sharing and capacity building across a wide range of fields including arts medicine, music performance, performance arts medicine, music psychology, medical humanities, ethnomusicology, music cognition, music neurology, music therapy, music in hospitals, infant stimulation, and music medicine. The IAMM is a community with expertise to support the development of arts based initiatives in all health care arenas, promoting the further potential for research, practice and knowledge about music and medicine. IAMM launched its official web site in May 2010 at



Students of the MA Irish Traditional Dance Performance, lunchtime concert Nov 2010

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Artists In Residence At The Irish World Academy



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Jean Butler has been dancing for over 30 years. Her current solo work has been commissioned and supported by the The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance (Artist in Residence 2003-5), the Irish Arts Council, The Dublin Dance Festival, The Project Arts Center (Dublin), Daghdha Dance Company (Limerick), Plankton Productions (Japan), Movement Research (New York), and the Abbey Theatre (Dublin). Choreography and performance credits include Riverdance, the Show, Dancing on Dangerous Ground, The StepCrew, Greyage, does she take sugar?, and thicker than this. Her current performance piece commissioned by The Abbey Theatre, entitled DAY, is a solo choreographed by Tere O'Connor. She currently lives in New York and is an editor at As part of the residency at the Academy Jean will give an informal studio performance of extracts from Day and also talk about the process of creating it. As part of this event there will also be time for Jean to respond to questions about the work/the process of creating and performing it. Other residency activities will include a series of workshops which Jean will lead with the students of the MA Contemporary Dance Performance, of which she herself is a graduate, and invited past-graduates.

Martin Hayes is regarded as one of the most extraordinary talents to emerge in the world of Irish traditional music. His unique sound, his mastery of his chosen instrument and his acknowledgement of the past and his shaping of the future of the music, combine to create an astonishing and formidable artistic intelligence. He is the recipient of major national and international awards: most recently the prestigious Gradam Ceoil, Musician of the Year 2008 from TG4; previously Man of the Year from the American Irish Historical Society; Folk Instrumentalist of the Year from BBC Radio and a National Entertainment Award. He has recorded two acclaimed solo albums, Martin Hayes (1993) and Under the Moon (1995) on the Green Linnet label. Martin Hayes is the Artistic Director of the Masters of Tradition Festival held in August each year at Bantry House in Bantry, West Cork, where Ireland’s most distinguished traditional musicians are invited to play in an exquisite chamber music setting.


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Musician in Residence

His residency at the Irish World Academy will include masterclasses with students of the MA and BA programmes in Irish traditional music, as well as two seminars, one on the topic of East Clare fiddle music, the second on the innovative Irish fiddle player from Dublin Tommie Potts (1912-1988). Martin’s residency also includes tutoring on the Academy’s annual Blas Summer School of Irish Traditional Music and Dance.

Colin Dunne has been named an Artist-in-Residence at the Irish World Academy for 2011. He joins Liz Roche of Rex Levitates Dance Company, and Jean Butler as a further member of the growing team of internationally acclaimed dancers and choreographers associated with the Academy. This comes at a time when the Academy is establishing itself in its new home with a generous suite of dance floors and performance theatres, and when An Chomhairle Ealaíon/ The Arts Council new STEP UP national dance programme has been completed, with the Irish World Academy as a supporter. Colin Dunne is a leading figure in the world of traditional Irish dance who has made the cross over into contemporary dance and theatre. Best known internationally for his performances and choreography in Riverdance and Dancing on Dangerous Ground, he has been forging a new creative path since his previous time as artist in residence at the Academy, where he completed an MA in contemporary dance in 2002. Colin was nominated for the 2009 UK Critics Circle National Dance Award (Best Male Dancer) and also received a nomination for the 2010 Laurence Olivier Award (outstanding achievements in dance) for his one-man show Out of Time: ‘He is master of his stage, a fascinating presence and a mesmerising performer’ (Dancing Times, London). The Academy is proud of its historical association with Colin Dunne and the supportive part it has played in the facilitation of the emergence of his singularly creative voice. His show, Out of Time, continues to gain international attention and the Academy looks forward to staging it at the next opportunity.


Choreographer in Residence Liz Roche has choreographed for Scottish Dance Theatre, Cois Céim, Dance Theatre of Ireland, Maiden Voyage, CCNC France, and the MA Contemporary Dance Performance at the Irish World Academy. She is co-founder and Artistic Director of Rex Levitates Dance Company Dublin. Her work for the company has been performed throughout Ireland and at the South Bank Centre London, Baryshnikov Arts Centre and Judson Memorial Church New York, Capital Nights Festival Liverpool 08, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Meet in Beijing Festival, Festival De La Nouvelle Danse Uzes and Centre Culturel Irlandais/ CND. She has been commissioned to make choreographies for companies including the National Ballet of China, Scottish Dance Theatre and Cois Ceim and has also danced for choreographers John Jasperse, Jodi Melnick, Rosemary Butcher, Christine Gaigg, Les Carnets Bagouets, Helene Cathala & Fabrice Ramalingom, Mary Nunan, David Bolger and John Scott. She has choreographed for Opera de Nice, Opernhaus Zurich, Rossini Opera Festival, National Opera of Korea, Wexford Festival, Liceu Barcelona and Opera Ireland and also in theatre at The Gate, Abbey Theatre, Landmark Productions and The Ark. As a dancer, she has worked with many of the leading Irish contemporary dance companies and with a number of other choreographers, including Rosemary Butcher (UK) and John Jasperse (US), performing at such prestigious events as the Montpelier Dance Festival, Paris Biennale ’99 and Impulse Dance Festival and Viennale 2003. Roche is the first choreographer to be invited to take up the position of choreographer-inresidence at the Irish World Academy. This semester, as part of her residency, Liz will be working again with the students of the MA in Contemporary Dance Performance, developing a new ensemble choreography which explores "dependency" and "reliance on others".


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THE CHIEFTAINS The Chieftains continue their iconic association with the Irish World Academy through their annual UCH concert, interacting with up to 80 student musicians and dancers from the Academy programmes. Their performance at the recent opening of the new Irish World Academy building was spectacular and provided the educational context for the innovative and passionate student interactive performances.

Donal Lunny continues his residency at the Irish World Academy for a second academic year. The first traditional music-linked member of the Irish Arts Council-sponsored Aosdána, Donal Lunny has been a central thread in the tapestry of Irish traditional music in its most creative interactive modes over a generation. In 1971, he was one of the founding members of Planxty. In 1975, he joined the Bothy Band, producing four albums in four years. In 1980, Planxty reformed and Donal produced the three resulting albums before finally forming Moving Hearts with some of his former Planxty band-mates. Moving Hearts', who were responsible for such albums as 'Dark End of the Street' and 'The Storm,' were a hybrid, incorporating contemporary folk music, jazz and other influences with elements of rock. Donal has also composed for stage and television including the soundtrack for 'Eat the Peach' (1985) and 'This is my Father' (1997) and the opening title music for the series 'Bringing it all Back Home' (1991) and 'River of Sound', with Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, in 1997. His residency at the Irish World Academy to date has included two intensive week-long workshops with students of the Academy’s BA and MA Irish Traditional Music Performance, which led to a major concert where he was joined by these students on stage at in Theatre 1 in the new Irish World Academy building, as part of the Blas Summer School of Irish Traditional Music and Dance, where he was also a tutor. His residency continues for the 2010/2011 academic year where he will continue to interact with students of the performance programmes at the Academy.


IRISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA In 1995 the Irish Chamber Orchestra (ICO) moved from east coast to west, following an invitation from Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin to become part of the emerging Irish World Academy at the University of Limerick. At the same time the musicians were offered regular contracts, attracting the country's finest string players back to Ireland.

provides tuition and support to the next generation of musicians. The Irish Chamber Orchestra is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland/An Chomhairle Ealaíon.


The orchestra has been resident at the university ever since, and in 2008 opened its own state of the art building on campus, with studio, rehearsal rooms and offices. As well as a succession of illustrious Artistic Directors (Fionnuala Hunt, Nicholas McGegan, Anthony Marwood) the orchestra regularly works with an imaginative mix of some of the world’s finest musicians, including Maxim Vengerov, Nigel Kennedy, Steven Isserlis, Stephen Hough, Alison Balsom and Sinéad O’Connor.

Irish Chamber Orchestra Spring 2011 Concert Series:

The orchestra performs regular concert series in Limerick and Dublin, as well as undertaking an extensive programme of regional touring.

University Concert Hall Limerick, Thursday 10 February RDS Concert Hall, Saturday 12 February

The orchestra is also in demand internationally - recent tours include across Europe, Australia, South Korea, China and the US. Outside the concert hall the orchestra takes an active role in the wider community - working in marginalised communities to promote engagement in education and using music as a tool to increase self-confidence, enhance leadership skills and encourage creative problem solving. The ICO also


Irish Chamber Orchestra Pekka Kuusisto, Director/Violin

Programme: O’Carolan: Suite in Baroque Style (arr. T.C. Kelly) Alakotila: Sketches from Folkscenes Vivaldi Four Seasons

Irish Chamber Orchestra Matthew Halls Conductor Nuria Rial Soprano University Concert Hall Limerick, Thursday 24 March RDS Concert Hall, Dublin, Saturday 26 March Telemann: Don Quixote TWV55:G10 Telemann: Erscheine bald, Du Irrstern meiner Sinnen Handel: Felicissima quest’alma Handel: Concerto Grosso Op. 6 No. 12 Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 5

April: Irish Chamber Orchestra Anthony Marwood Director/Violin University Concert Hall Limerick, Thursday 14 April RDS Concert Hall Dublin, Saturday 16 April Mendelssohn: String Symphony No 13 Gould: Stringmusic Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra in E-flat major, K. 364 TO BOOK: Limerick: 1890 923543 or 061 331549 Dublin: 0818 719 300 Ticketmaster €20, + concessions

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Chieftains' flute player Matt Molloy giving a masterclass at the Academy, Nov 2010 Photograph Š Maurice Gunning



CANTORAL Vocal Ensemble


Cantoral is an all female chant ensemble, specialising in Western plainchant and early polyphony, with a particular interest in medieval Irish repertoire. The ensemble was formed in 2008 and had its first international appearance in March, 2009 at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris. The Artistic Director of Cantoral is Catherine Sergent, an acclaimed early music singer who has performed and recorded extensively with several early music ensembles. Her primary recordings have been with the Paris-based female schola Discantus, who have been awarded the prestigious Diapason d'Or award for several of their recordings including Hortus Deliciarum, a collection of chants by Hildegard von Bingen, Eya Mater, a collection of Marian chants which explore the theme of motherhood and Campus Stellae, which features chants associated with Santiago de Compostela. Most of the members of Cantoral are graduates of the Masters in Ritual Chant and Song, UL and have a strong scholarly grounding in reading manuscript sources and are therefore able to prepare their own musical editions from original sources. In February, 2010, Cantoral performed its 'Imbolc' programme as guests of the Irish Arts Centre in New York City. This programme explores the pre-Christian and Christian festivals surrounding early February, or Imbolc in the Celtic calendar and includes chants for the Feast of St. Brigid (February 1st) from the 15th century Office of St. Brigid (Trinity College Dublin collection, TCD 80), as well as chants from the Feast of the Presentation (February 2nd) and St. Blaise (February 3rd). Cantoral performed its 'Sed Diabolus irrisit ‌' programme ('but the devil laughed') as part of the Galway Early Music Festival in May, 2010. Cantoral includes singers from Ireland, France, the US, Japan and Mexico.


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Buíon: Irish World Academy Contemporary Dance Collective

ACADEMOS Irish World Academy Strings

Buíon: Collective was established in 2007 to create opportunities for current students and past graduates of the MA in Contemporary Dance Performance to work together with members of the wider professional dance community on specific once-off projects. These projects are primarily performance-based but can also include workshops and seminars. Buíon: Collective Projects have been supported by Dance Ireland, Dublin, Belltable Arts Centre, Limerick, Firkin Crane, Cork and the UL Arts Office.

ACADEMOS Irish World Academy Strings is the graduate string orchestra of the MA Classical String Performance Programme at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, in association with the Irish Chamber Orchestra. Established in 2008, ACADEMOS Irish World Academy Strings has toured internationally each year as an integral part of its educational programme. Each orchestra member is a fulltime registered postgraduate student on the two-year MA Classical String programme at the Irish World Academy, University of Limerick and is tutored by internationally acclaimed Visiting Professors Dr Bruno Giuranna (Viola), Mariana Sirbu (Violin), Michael Wolf (Double Bass), with Cello tuition from Course Director, Ferenc Szücs.

HIBERNIA Vocal Ensemble HIBERNIA is a cross-disciplinary ensemble directed by Óscar Mascareñas that focuses on the performance of early music repertoires within the realm of contemporary practice. It is currently formed by students of the BA Voice and Dance (BAVAD) and former MA Ritual Chant and Song students, some of which are undertaking doctoral research at the Academy. The ensemble has recently begun to work in close collaboration with a dancer to develop new choreosonographies, that is, pieces that use movement and sound to investigate the multiple possibilities of expression that dwell within the human body. HIBERNIA's premiere took place at the Galway Early Music Festival in May 2010. More recently, it presented the results of a three-month research project at a performance in Glenstal Abbey. The ensemble is currently working on the recording of the programme 'Songs for An Age of Sorrow', which includes Gregorian chant and other medieval repertoires. Some preview tracks can be downloaded from

ACADEMOS Irish World Academy Strings operates in full association with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Ireland’s leading international orchestra, which has been resident at the Irish World Academy since its inception in 1994. Academos is directed by Katherine Hunka, with line leaders from the Irish Chamber Orchestra, providing a unique opportunity for the graduate performers to further their professional experience through this contact with players from the ICO. ACADEMOS Irish World Academy Strings was formally launched at its inaugural concert in Dublin in March 2008, made its European debut at the Centre Culturel Irlandais Paris in March 2009 and in February 2010 made its US debut at the Concert Hall of the Society for Ethical Culture New York, hosted by the Irish Arts Centre, with funding from Culture Ireland. An Irish tour will take place in March 2011.

Traditional Ensembles There are many both formal and informal Irish traditional music and dance ensembles shared by in excess of 100 current student performers in these genres. Past and present Academy students contribute significantly to ensembles operating professionally on an international basis in bands including Fidil, Líadan, Goitse, Beoga, Ciorras, New Time Ensemble, The Outside Track, The Dave Munnelly Band and The Alan Kelly Quartet.

Fidil: Fidil was formed in 2008 and comprises three Donegal fiddlers: Academy graduates Aidan O’Donnell and Damien McGeehan with Ciarán Ó Maonaigh. The band won the Young Musicwide Award from Music Network in 2008, and since have been busy touring both nationally and internationally They released their album ‘3’ in November 2009 which has received widespread critical acclaim.

Líadan: Líadan was formed in Spring 2004 while its members were studying at the Irish World Academy. Blending their individual musical backgrounds, Líadan explores both traditional and new material. From Galway and Limerick this all-female band comprises six members: Síle Denvir, harpist; Deirdre Chawke, piano accordion; Elaine Cormican, whistles. Valerie Casey and Claire Dolan, fiddles; Catherine Clohessy, flute.


New Time Ensemble

Goitse Beoga

Goitse: Traditional melodies and new compositions are synthesized by this five piece band all of whom are students of Traditional Music and Dance at the University of Limerick. The band is now entering its third year and has toured widely, including Africa. Its members are Áine Mc Geeney, fiddle; James Harvey, Banjo; Tadhg Ó Meachair, Piano and Piano Accordion; Colm Phelan Bodhrán and Conal O’Kane.

New Time Ensemble: New Time Ensemble was formed while its international members were studying on the MA Irish Traditional Music Performance at the Irish World Academy at the University of Limerick. The group emerged from a shared passion for animating old Irish tunes in new ways. The band launched its debut album, A Year in Ireland at the Academy in May 2010.

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Beoga: Beoga are based in County Antrim. The bedrock

The Outside Track: Hailing from Scotland, Ireland,

The photographs throughout this brochure are all the work of Limerick photographer Maurice Gunning.

of their sound lies firmly within the Irish tradition; however they also incorporate other genres’ nuances into their music. From blues riffs to Astor Piazzola-style jazz, to New Orleans, their music always returns to an Irish traditional sound. The Irish Times states, “Individually talented and collectively inspired, (Beoga) speak a language called music with a fluency beloved of the best multi-linguists”. Its members are Academy graduates Niamh Dunne on fiddle and vocals and Seán Óg Graham on accordion, along with Damian McKee, accordion; Liam Bradley, piano and Eamon Murray, bodhrán.


Ciorras: Ciorras was formed as a band early in 2010, when the individual members were among a large number of young musicians who featured in the TG4 series, Lorg Lunny. As part of his journey around the country searching for young musical talent, these 8 young musicians were invited by Dónal Lunny to create a new band with a unique sound in traditional music. The band includes current and past students of the Academy, including Tommy Fitzharris (concertina/flute), James Mahon (pipes), Tadhg Ó Meachair (piano/accordion) and Dermot Sheedy (bodhrán).


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Cape Breton and Vancouver, its five members are committed to creating new music using Irish traditional music as a foundation. The band includes Academy graduates Norah Rendell on flute and vocals, Cillian Ó Dalaigh on guitar and flute, Ailie Robertson on harp and Fiona Black on piano accordion, as well as Mairi Rankin on fiddle.

The David Munnelly Band: With members from Mayo, Sligo, Donegal and Tyrone the David Munnelly Band combines button accordion, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo, piano, bodhrán and flute for a high-spirited instrumental sound coloured with jazz and ragtime, as well as percussive dancing topped with the singing of All-Ireland champion Shauna Mullin. Members include Academy graduates Kieran Munnelly, Philippe Barnes and Shauna Mullin.

piano accordionist and Academy graduate Alan Kelly, the quartet also includes graduate Steph Geremia, also an Academy graduate on flute, with Tóla Custy on fiddle and Donogh Hennessy on guitar.

With a concentration on fine art documentary photography as well as specialising in performing arts photography, Maurice has worked with many of the leading traditional and classical musicians and contemporary dancers in Ireland and internationally. The FÍS exhibition throughout the IWA building was launched during the summer of 2010. He received an MFA from the University of Wales in 2009, made possible with funding from the Irish Arts Council. He spent time documenting the Argentine Irish community of Buenos Aires. This work has been exhibited in the UK and in Buenos Aires in 2010. Funding received from the Irish Heritage Council has supported Maurice's creation of a large body of work concentrating on Ireland's traditional boat heritage. An exhibition of this work received its first international showing in the Cultural Centre in Athens in 2010 and will be exhibited in a solo show at the Hunt Museum Limerick in April of this year. New work commissioned by the Burren Chernobyl Project will be exhibited in Glór, Ennis and in Minsk later this year. A documentary on the Chilean Miners was shot by Maurice for ABC television in Australia which will be premiered later in 2011. Further information:

The David Munnelly Band

The Alan Kelly Quartet

Maurice Gunning

University of Limerick Ensembles In addition to the ensembles linked to the Academy programmes, the University campus is host to several other vibrant ensembles: University of Limerick Gospel Choir Being part of a choir is about much more than simply singing. It’s about boosting confidence, meeting new people, becoming a better listener, and most importantly it’s about having fun. When you combine those experiences with the raw, raucous and energetic sound of Gospel music, you get an experience that is joyful and unique. UL Gospel Choir brings together students and staff from the UL community to perform a repertoire that ranges from spirituals to funk, working songs to celebration anthems. The choir continues its long standing affiliation with Hope and Homes for Children and performs two fundraising concerts every year for the organisation.

CRUINNIÚ & CÉIM Cruinniú (‘Gathering’) and Céim (‘Step’) are the University of Limerick’s traditional music and set dance groups respectively. Comprising UL faculty and staff members, the groups meet weekly at the Irish World Academy, facilitated by experienced players and dancers. Cruinniú and Céim have contributed significantly to University life, performing at many UL events and fundraising activities. This year, the group launched a DVD entitled ‘Nasc’, with children from local primary school Gael Scoil Chaladh an Treoigh, as a fundraiser for the school. The Nasc DVD took six months to complete and was filmed at the Academy. It features thirty five members of Cruinnniú and Céim and over 220 children from the Gaelscoil.

University of Limerick Orchestra The University of Limerick Orchestra (ULO) is a community based orchestra, funded by the University of Limerick. The players are made up of students and staff from the University of Limerick, Mary Immaculate College, The Limerick Municipal School of Music, as well as from across the greater Limerick region. ULO has performed a wide repertoire of orchestral works and with many leading soloists including Oonagh Keogh, David Mc Kenzie, Suzanne Murphy, Redmond O’ Toole, Nicola Sweeney and Evelyn Grant. The orchestra welcomes new members and its repertoire includes several musical genres, from concertos to symphonies and movies to musicals. Those interested in joining ULO should contact The orchestra rehearses every Tuesday evening at 7.30pm in the Irish Chamber Orchestra building on the university campus. Rehearsals begin in late September each year.

To find out more about Cruinniú and Céim, contact

University of Limerick Orchestra University of Limerick Gospel Choir



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Piper Brendan Ring with Gerry McKee (mandolin), lunchtime concert Oct 2010 Photograph Š Maurice Gunning

Irish World Academy Of Music And Dance

at the Irish World Academy


Francis Ward Máire Ni Chaoimh

Alison Ledger Orfhlaith NiBhriain

The Irish World Academy has offered a PhD programme since its inception in 1994. Its initial specialisation in Irish music and dance studies has expanded to reflect the growing research specialisations at the Academy including chant scholarship, classical string performance, community music, contemporary dance, ethnochoreology, ethnomusicology, music education, music therapy and ritual studies. PhD Graduates in 2010 include:

Máire Ni Chaoimh Title: Journey into Tradition: A Social History of the Irish Button Accordion Supervisor: Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin

Alison Ledger Title: Music Therapists’ experiences of service development in healthcare organisations Supervisor: Professor Jane Edwards


Orfhlaith NiBhriain


Title: An Examination of the Creative Processes in Competitive Irish Step Dance Supervisor: Dr. Catherine Foley

Óscar Octavio Mascareñas Garza Title: Exposing the Play in Gregorian Chat: The Manuscript as an Opening of Re-Presentation Supervisor: Dr. Helen Phelan and Dr. Emma Hornby (University of Bristol)

Óscar Octavio Mascareñas Garza

Since 2009, the Academy also offers a second PhD track in Arts Practice research. This is a four- year, structured PhD programme which allows performers to reflect on their professional practice through a combination of performance and academic reflection. To date, the programme has attracted students from a wide variety of performance backgrounds including Irish dance, Irish song, Irish harp, contemporary dance, early music, orthodox chant, ritual song, theatre and community-based performance.


Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS) Government Of Ireland Research Scholarship Recipient: Francis Ward ‘The Effect of New Technologies on the Transmission of Irish Traditional Music’ This work recognises the growing presence of new forms of technology, principally the internet, in the Irish music tradition and seeks to identify the uses of such technology, and as a result, document the divergent transmission processes. The Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS) funds world-class research in the humanities and social sciences, including Law and Business Studies. Its primary strategic objective centres on building an expertise-driven research system in order to enhance

Ireland's innovation capacity and skills base in a rapidlychanging global environment where knowledge is key to economic, social and cultural development. IRCHSS is further committed to facilitating the integration of Irish researchers in the humanities and social sciences within the European Research Area. Francis Ward is a graduate of the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick, where he received academic and performance direction from Dr Míchéal Ó’Súillebháin. He completed the BA in Irish Music and Dance and an MA in Ethnomusicology with First Class Honours. After working as a lecturer on the undergraduate programme, he now holds the prestigious IRCHSS Government of Ireland Scholarship, and his doctoral studies investigate the divergent processes of transmission in Irish traditional music. Also a talented step dancer, he has performed with Riverdance - The Show, and has performed as a dance soloist with music groups including Cherish the Ladies. He is also a qualified teacher (TCRG) with An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha, and is involved in teaching at a local and international level.


INBHEAR On-line Journal of Irish Music and Dance The Inbhear on-line Journal of Irish Music and Dance was launched by Irish World Academy Faculty in May 2010. It will be a yearly journal, free-to-access, concerned with arts practices relevant to Ireland, the Irish (wherever they may be) or perceived to be of Ireland or the Irish. The journal is also intended to be relevant to the areas of arts practice and academic research engaged at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick, reflecting and augmenting the Academy’s activities and providing ties to the communities of practice that develop resources for university and arts communities. A regular criticism, particularly among the traditional arts community in Ireland, is that the University does not deliver the fruits of its research back to the people that nourish it. There is certainly an element of truth in this critique and this is one platform to counter it. We are presently seeking submissions for this year’s on-line publication this year. We look for contributions from academics and artists engaging in the performing arts (traditional or otherwise) in Ireland or among Irish communities internationally. Although traditional arts are an obvious focus for the journal, we would like to include other performing arts forms current in Ireland and Irish contexts in the remit of the journal. If you are interested in making a submission please have a look at the submissions page and e-mail the general editor, Niall Keegan ( See

Student of the MA Contemporary Dance Performance, rehearsal Autumn 2010 Photograph © Maurice Gunning



Students of the MA Irish Traditional Dance Performance, exam performance, Autumn 2010


Photograph Š Maurice Gunning

Irish World Academy Of Music And Dance

Programmes at the Irish World Academy BA Irish Music and Dance Niall Keegan, Course Director Phone: + 353 61 202465 Email:

BA Voice and Dance Dr Óscar Mascareñas Garza, Course Director Phone: +353 61 233762 Email:

MA Music Therapy Professor Jane Edwards, Course Director. Phone: + 353 61 213122 Email:

MA Irish Traditional Dance Performance Dr Catherine Foley, Course Director Phone: + 353 61 202922

MA Irish Traditional Music Performance Sandra Joyce, Course Director Phone: + 353 61 202565 Email:

MA Ritual Chant And Song Dr Helen Phelan, Acting Course Director Associate Director, Irish World Academy Phone: + 353 61 202575 Email:

MA Classical String Performance Ferenc Szucs, Course Director Phone: + 353 61 202918, Email:

MA Community Music Jean Downey Course Director Phone: + 353 61 213160

MA Contemporary Dance Performance Mary Nunan, Course Director Phone: + 353 61 213464, Email:

MA Ethnochoreology Dr Catherine Foley, Course Director Phone: + 353 61 202922,

MA Ethnomusicology Dr Colin Quigley, Course Director Phone: + 353 61 202966, Email:

M. Ed (Music) Grad. Dip Education (Music) Jean Downey, Course Director Phone: + 353 61 213160, Email:

Phd Arts Practice Dr Helen Phelan, Course Director Phone: + 353 61 202575 Email:

Certificate In Music and Dance Sandra Joyce, Acting Course Director Phone: + 353 61 202565 Email:


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Academy Director Dr Micheal O Suilleabhain with singer and Academy tutor Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh performing at a recording of RTE Radio's 'Sunday Miscellany', November 2010 Photograph Š Maurice Gunning

Irish World Academy Of Music And Dance

at the Irish World Academy


Mateusz Wójcik Sing Out with Strings Paul Brady

Paul Brady Blas Summer School Scholarship The Paul Brady Blas Scholarship provides €20,000 in funds over three years, providing 25 places for deserving musicians on the Blas Summer School of Irish Traditional Music and Dance, which takes place annually in June. The Paul Brady Blas Summer School scholarship recipients will benefit from master classes and tuition from some of Ireland's most respected traditional musicians and dancers. The first Paul Brady Blas Scholarships were awarded in June 2010 where recipients spent two weeks at the Academy, receiving tuition from tutors including Dónal Lunny, Martin Hayes, John Carty, Derek Hickey, Colin Dunne, Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, Siobhán Peoples, Ernestine Healy, Niall Keegan, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh and many more.


Applications are invited in writing for Blas 2011 and should be made to: Ernestine Healy, Director, Blas International Summer School of Irish Traditional Music and Dance, Irish World Academy, University of Limerick or email Applicants should be over 17 and should include a sample recording of their music and/or dance. See for further information. For more information please contact: Ellen Byrne, Press Officer, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick Phone: + 353 61 202917

Sing Out with Strings Scholarship Fund

An Irish Chamber Orchestra/Irish World Academy Initiative at the University of Limerick. A number of scholarships valued at €5,000 each are available for prospective students for the following educational programmes at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick:

o MA Community Music (contact

o MA Classical String Performance (contact The successful candidates will display the skills necessary for the programmes in question, with special reference to their suitability for internships with the Irish Chamber Orchestra’s Community Outreach Initiative, as an integral part of their study programme. Both programmes lead to a Master of Arts degree from the University of Limerick following one year of full-time study. The successful applicant, as well as demonstrating the necessary musical requirements for the programme in question, will also have a proven ability to interact in a challenging classroom context. A capacity to work with voice or strings will also be an advantage. Applicants should apply in writing, including a CV and two referees, to Ellen Byrne, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick. Phone: + 353 (0) 61 202917 Email:


The Trustees of Muckross House Scholarship for the MA Irish Traditional Dance Performance programme Through Dr Catherine Foley’s connection with Muckross House since 1979 as a collector of Irish traditional music, song and dance, the Trustees of Muckross House have awarded for a number of years a scholarship to a dancer on the MA Irish Traditional Dance Performance programme. The 2010/11 recipients are Joseph Comerford, Ashlene McFadden, Andrew Vickers, and Mateusz Wójcik.

The Arts Council's 'Arts & Culture in Local Development' event at the Academy, November 2010 Photograph Š Maurice Gunning



The EMI Music Sound Foundation


EMI Music Sound Foundation was established by EMI in 1997 to commemorate the centenary of EMI Records. EMI Music Sound Foundation is an independent charity. EMI Music Sound Foundation is now the single largest sponsor of Specialist Performing Arts Colleges in England and has created vital bursaries at music colleges to assist needy music students. In 2005, EMI Music Sound Foundation extended its remit to cover the Irish World Academy in Ireland. A Bursary of €8000 has been made available on an annual basis towards the establishment of the EMI Music Sound Foundation Bursary in Community Music at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. Applicants should normally be under 25 years of age and should have applied for admission to the MA Community Music at the Irish World Academy. In certain instances, bursary applications may be considered with applications for admission to Irish World Academy other than in Community Music. The criteria for selection of a bursary winner will include the excellence of the CV submitted as well as evidence of financial need. There is no separate application form. A relevant CV should be included with the application form for admission to the relevant degree programme along with a covering letter applying for the bursary and sent to Jean Downey, Irish World Academy, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland.

Irish World Academy Research Fee Waivers The RTÉ Lyric FM Scholarship for Classical String Performance RTÉ lyric fm has been a strong supporter of the Irish World Academy since RTE launched its classical music station in 1999. The RTE lyric fm Scholarship is available to students wishing to study on the MA in Classical String Performance. Applications to Ferenc Szucs, Director, MA Classical String Performance, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick. Phone: + 353 61 202918 Email:

A limited number of full or partial fee waivers are available for PhD research students at the Irish World Academy. There is no application deadline for these fee waivers, which will be discussed as part of the consultative process in assessing any research application. Enquiries for doctoral research should be addressed in the first instance to the appropriate course director specialist or to Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, Director, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick. Phone: + 353 61 202590, Email: All applications in the first instance should be sent to the course director of the appropriate MA programme. Late applications may be accepted.

Irish World Academy Of Music And Dance

at the University of Limerick

Students of the MA Contemporary Dance Performance, exam performance, Autumn 2010 Photograph Š Maurice Gunning


Faculty of Education and Health Sciences: Graduate Diploma/Master of Arts in Dance (Part Time) The Graduate Diploma in Dance is a one-year, part time programme of study. The Graduate Diploma in Dance enables participants to acquire the necessary skills to teach at Leaving Certificate Physical Education level by focusing on the aesthetic/artistic/dance components of such a certificate. The emphasis is on participants’ own professional development. Students who satisfy the University’s entrance requirements for transfer to a master’s degree may be considered for admission to the master’s programme. The object of the programme is to interested teachers with a unique opportunity to develop appropriate dance education skills, the course aims to promote dance culture and develop greater participation in the art of dance in Ireland. Course director: Brigitte Moody, Department: Physical Education and Sport Sciences. Phone: + 353-61-202807, Email:

Other Programmes

Faculty of Science and Engineering: The Centre for Computational Musicology & Computer Music Ma/Msc in Music Technology


The Master's Degree in Music Technology is a 12-month intensive course that is designed specifically for musicians from all disciplines. The course is aimed at graduates who are interested in combining technological competence with artistic endeavour. Director: Nicholas Ward, Phone: 061 234246

Faculty of Science and Engineering: The Interaction Design Centre (IDC) MA in Interactive Multimedia The MA in Interactive Multimedia is a 12-month intensive course that is designed specifically for art and design graduates who are interested in pursuing studies, which combine technological competence with design/artistic endeavour. The convergence of computer and media technologies offers unique opportunities for design/artists to exploit their potential in new areas, across a wide range of activities, such as recording, multimedia, software, broadcasting and education. Director: Mikael Fernström, Phone: + 353 61 202606, Email:

ARTS OFFICES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK The Association of Irish Choirs Founded in 1980, The Association of Irish Choirs (formerly Cumann Náisiúnta na gCór) is a national resource organisation, funded by The Arts Council, to support and promote excellence in choral music throughout Ireland. The Association fulfils its function as a national resource organisation by providing information and advice to choirs and conductors and by presenting a range of programmes and activities designed to respond to the needs of Association members, the wider choral community and the public. The Association of Irish Choirs moved its administrative offices from Cork City to the University of Limerick in February 2010. University of Limerick is home to a number of arts organisations with which the Association hopes and

intends to collaborate including the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, the Irish Chamber Orchestra and the University Concert Hall. The Association intends to play its part in student life while also contributing to the artistic life of the city and its surrounds. In addition to providing for the needs of the choral sector, AOIC is also the producing and parent organisation of the Irish Youth Choir. In June 2010, following nationwide auditions, 98 young singers and 50 instrumentalists between the ages of 18 and 28 benefited from the IYC and NYOI summer residential programme of training, rehearsals and concerts here at University of Limerick. The Irish Youth Choir also offers opportunities for young conductors to develop their skills through the Conductor in Training initiative, run in conjunction with the National Chamber Choir, and by offering masterclass opportunities during the IYC week. Founded in 1982, IYC members have gone on to form the backbone of musical life in this country and beyond as conductors, choir founders, singers, teachers and musicians. They include singer Julie Feeney, soloists Mairéad Buicke and Bridget Knowles, conductors Bernie Sherlock and Niall Crowley, to name but a few. In August 2010, The Association of Irish Choirs presented its 30th Annual Choral Conducting Summer School, attended by 60 conductors, teachers, students, choral enthusiasts and musicians at the newly opened Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. The course was delivered on 5 levels; beginner to advanced designed to address the needs of conductors of all levels. AOIC also presented a number of workshops and masterclasses as part of the Annual Choral Conducting Summer School. For further information, contact AOIC or Liz Powell, CEO at 061 234823 or Liz Kelly, General Manager on 061 202715 for further information.



University of Limerick Arts Officer: Patricia Moriarty Phone + 353 61 20 2130

University of Limerick Visual Arts Officer: Yvonne Davis Phone + 353 61 21 3052

Irish Language Office/Aonad na Gaeilge

Other Programmes

Máire Ní Ghráda, Stiúrthóir na Gaeilge [Acting] Phone: 061 213 463 Ciara Considine, Marketing/Admin Phone: 061 234 754

Lime Tree Theatre at Mary Immaculate College

Department of Music, Mary Immaculate College Mary Immaculate College, Limerick was founded in 1898 and became a recognised college of the National University of Ireland in 1974 before being academically integrated with the University of Limerick in 1991. The College occupies a mature campus on the South Circular Road in the suburbs of Limerick City and student enrolment currently stands at 3,000. The Department of Music offers music for the B.Ed and BA (Liberal Arts) programmes as well as a taught MA in Music Education and other postgraduate degrees to doctoral level by research (Graduate Assistantships @ €7,000 p.a. plus fee waiver available). Regular choral and chamber concerts (see website) are a vital part of the life of the Department. There are close ties and many cross-campus ventures with the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. MIC has now opened its new 500-seater performing arts venue, the Lime Tree Theatre.

Faculty Dr. Gareth Cox (Head of Department) Dr. Paul Collins Dr. Michael Murphy Gwen Moore Ailbhe Kenny Dr Karen Power (Music Technician) Colette Davis (Staff Accompanist) Departmental Enquiries: Secretary: +353 61 204507 e-mail: Website:

Further information on the Irish World Academy’s courses, concerts, seminars and special events: Phone: + 353 61 202917/Fax: + 353 61 202589 Email:

Front Cover photograph: Students of the MA Irish Traditional Dance Performance, exam performance, Nov 2010 Back Cover photograph: Fiddler Tony De Marco and accordionist Alan Kelly, lunchtime concert, Autumn 2010


Of Our Times / Comhaimseartha: Spring/Summer 2011  
Of Our Times / Comhaimseartha: Spring/Summer 2011  

The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance brings together the energies of performance, community outreach and artists in residence in the p...