LOBDr. Lonán Ó Briain (Chair)

Lonán Ó Briain is Assistant Professor and the Director of Postgraduate Studies in the Department of Music at the University of Nottingham. He teaches modules and supervises research students in ethnomusicology, popular music studies and world music. He also serves as reviews editor for the journal, Ethnomusicology Forum. Prior to taking up his current post at Nottingham, he taught at the universities of Birmingham and Sheffield. He studied at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, the Royal Northern College of Music and the universities of Huddersfield and Sheffield. He has published articles and reviews in academic journals such as Asian Music, Ethnomusicology Forum, Hmong Studies Journal and the Journal of American Folklore. His main area of research expertise is on the musical cultures of Southeast Asia, particularly Vietnam. He is currently working on his first monograph, an ethnographic study of minority musics in northern Vietnam.


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Dr. Éamonn Costello

Éamonn is an Irish traditional musician and native Irish speaker from the Conamara Gaeltacht (Irish speaking district) in Co. Galway. His PhD, awarded in 2016 by the University of Limerick, is concerned with the relationship between the Oireachtas na Gaeilge festival and vernacular Irish language song; it is titled 'Sean-nós singing and Oireachtas na Gaeilge: Identity, Romantic Nationalism, and the Agency of the Gaeltacht Community Nexus'. He received an MA in Ethnomusicology in 2008 from UCC, and a BA in Irish Music and Dance from the University of Limerick in 2007. Éamonn lectured on Irish traditional music, ethnomusicology, and world music at the Irish World Academy from 2010 to 2015, and is currently working as an Irish language teacher in the School of Culture and Communications at the University of Limerick.

Éamonn has published reviews in academic journals such as Ethnomusicology: Journal of the society for Ethnomusicology, and the World of Music (new series). As a musician, Éamonn has collaborated widely with other musicians and groups; in 2010, along with Limerick fiddler, Cathal Clohessy, he released a duet album of Irish traditional music, Bosca Ceoil and Fiddle, which has been lauded by critics both nationally and internationally.

Anaïs Verhulst (Treasurer)

Anaïs Verhulst is in the final year of her PhD in Ethnomusicology at University College Dublin. Her research focusses on the violin and the ways in which it is used across the world. For her doctoral thesis, she is investigating the violin in Karnatak music, Norwegian folk music, and heavy metal. She has worked as a tutor and occasional lecturer in UCD, teaching about music theory, music in Ireland, and musics of the world. Anaïs moved to Ireland in 2012 to begin an MMus in Ethnomusicology in UCD. Before this she studied in her Belgian hometown at the University of Leuven where she gained a BA and MA in Musicology. As a musician, she is a classical pianist, fiddler, and plays with the National Concert Hall Gamelan Orchestra.


Jack Talty (Education Officer)

Jack Talty is a traditional musician, composer, record producer, academic, and educator, from Lissycasey in west county Clare. As a performer Jack has travelled extensively throughout Europe, the United States, Australia, and Asia, and has contributed to over 50 albums to date as a musician, producer, composer, arranger, and engineer. Jack founded the traditional music label Raelach Records in 2011, and in 2013 established the award-winning Ensemble Ériu with former schoolmate Neil O’ Loghlen. Since 2013 Jack has performed as a section leader with the Irish Memory Orchestra.
A music graduate of University College Cork, Jack has been awarded the Mary V. Hart Memorial Award, The Seán Ó Riada Memorial Award, a University College Cork Societies Guild Bene Merenti award, and a University College Cork Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann award. In 2009 Jack completed an MA in Music Technology at the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems, University of Limerick.
An Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholar, Jack’s never-ending doctoral research at the Irish World Academy, University of Limerick, explores the Institutionalisation of Irish traditional music pedagogy in Irish higher education. Elements of this PhD research contribute a chapter to a forthcoming (April 2017) Oxford University Press publication entitled College Music Curricula for a New Century, edited by Robin D. Moore.

ConorCaldwell Dr. Conor Caldwell (Membership Officer)

Conor Caldwell currently works at Queen's University, Belfast where he is a research fellow on the AHRC-funded project, 'An Historical Typology of Irish Song'. The project aims to develop a database of examples of song in Ireland from the earliest examples of medieval chant through to pieces from the modern Irish tradition. His Phd, supervised by Dr Martin Dowling and awarded in 2013, was on the Donegal fiddle player John Doherty. He has published several articles on Doherty and is currently co-writing a monograph on Doherty's life and music.

Conor chairs the interdisciplinary research society New Crops and is currently editing the society’s first publication, which has been taken on by Peter Lang for print in early 2016.Conor has recently published with Ethnomusicology Ireland and the Journal of the Society for Musicology in Ireland as well as keeping an active research profile through conferences and symposia. Away from academia Conor plays with the Belfast traditional music group Craobh Rua with whom he has recently recorded an album 'I'd understand you if I knew what you meant.


John Millar (Communications Officer)

John received his BA degree from University College Dublin in 2013, followed by a Master’s degree in Musicology the following year, specialising in ethnomusicology. He has lectured in musicology at University College Dublin and St. Patrick’s College, teaching modules on the analysis of popular music, world music, and on the discipline of ethnomusicology. As a musician, John is a member of the National Concert Hall Gamelan, as well as being active in the country music scene in Dublin. Currently pursuing a PhD in Ethnomusicology, his research interests include the practice of country music in Ireland, cultural appropriation and adaptation, and the philosophy and phenomenology of music.

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