The International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM) is a UNESCO non-governmental organisation and one of the largest  organisations for the study of traditional music and dance in culture.  Its aims are "to further the study, practice, documentation,  preservation and dissemination of traditional music, including folk,  popular, classical and urban music, and dance of all countries."

The  Irish National Committee of ICTM is one of thirty-three National  Committees of ICTM. ICTM Ireland brings a local  focus to the activities of ICTM and provides a regional forum for  scholars of diverse musical traditions. This site serves as an information hub  for those interested in the study of music, song, dance and  ethnomusicology in Ireland.

Details for the  ICTM Ireland 2015 Annual Conference are now available here.

Details for the Call for Papers for Ethnomusicology Ireland (peer reviewed journal from ICTM Ireland) is available here.

The current edition of Spéis is now available for download here.

You can now join ICTM Ireland online.

Information about ICTM Ireland's Fieldwork CD project is now available.

For general information and enquiries, contact Ray Casserly at communication@ictm.ie


Issue 2 July 2013

Issue 2 July 2013

ISSN 2009-4094 General Editor Colin Quigley Web Editor Ray Casserly Editorial Board Therese SmitRead More>>
Issue 1 February 2011

Issue 1 February 2011

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ICTM Ireland Annual Conference


Section of Music, Dundalk Institute of Technology 27 February – 1 March 2015
‘Tracks less Travelled’ brings together scholarship that considers places and sounds beyond the canon of traditional music studies and ethnomusicology. While attention in Ireland has focused primarily on the musical traditions of the west, ignoring other regional and sometimes urban traditions, ethnomusicologists are becoming more aware of the cosmopolitan urban soundscapes of Ireland that can embrace the traditional musics of many cultures, while simultaneously revisiting previously studied traditions. The understanding of traditional music in Ireland is enhanced through engagement with other traditional musics in and from other parts of the world and a greater appreciation of the performance and development of Irish music abroad. The tracks that mark our journeys feed into the tracks that we listen to.

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Dr Daithí Kearney, Chair
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