About ICTM Ireland
The International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM) is a UNESCO NGO (non governmental organisation), and is one of the largest and most international, 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.”
ICTM International was founded on 22 September, 1947, in London, England, by scholars and musicians as The International Folk Music Council. Ralph Vaughan Williams became its first president, followed by Jaap Kunst, Zoltan Kodaly, Willard Rhodes, Klaus P. Wachsmann, Poul Rovsing Olsen, Erich Stockmann, Anthony Seeger, Krister Malm, and currently, Adrienne L. Kaeppler. In 1949, the Council was one of the Founding Members of the International Music Council: UNESCO, and is currently an NGO in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO. Through its wide international representation the Council acts as a bond among peoples of different cultures and thus serves the peace of humankind. www.ictmusic.org
The Irish National Committee of ICTM is one of thirty-three National Committees of ICTM. As such, ICTM (Ireland) brings a local focus to the activities of ICTM and provides a regional forum for scholars of diverse musical traditions. While Irish traditional music is at the very core of ICTM (Ireland) the range of music played, studied, and researched on the island of Ireland and by Irish people abroad has a particular relevance for the organisation.
The specific aims of ICTM (Ireland) are to support the scholarly study, practice, documentation, preservation and dissemination of musical expression in Ireland, alongside but independently of, academic institutions. Providing local activities, research networks and support groups, ICTM (Ireland) encourages excellence in the work of its members. From its initial focus on discourse on Irish traditional music, the conferences of ICTM (Ireland) have grown to encompass musical expressions found throughout Ireland and the world, thus providing a much-needed local forum for the recently burgeoning ethnomusicological research culture on the island. The scope of the Society’s activities is intended to reflect the interests of all its members, including ethnomusicologists, folklorists, performers, music enthusiasts, and the traditional music community at large.
ICTM (Ireland) is composed of scholars, students, performers, publishers, museum specialists, and librarians from numerous disciplines. Some of these disciplines include anthropology, musicology, cultural studies, acoustics, popular music studies, music education, folklore, composition, archiving, and the performing arts. ICTM (Ireland) undertakes to involve all these professions in its work, but anybody with an interest in the scholarly study of music is welcome and encouraged to join.
The functions of ICTM Ireland include:
- (a) the holding of conferences and colloquia in Ireland;
- (b) publications;
- (c) forming of national sub-committees and study groups;
- (d) issuing of audio-visual materials
- (e) encouraging national and international archives for all types of music and dance in Ireland, including traditional, folk, popular, classical and urban music, and dance
- (f) facilitating the exchange of information in any form pertaining to all types of music and dance in Ireland, including electronic files, films, recordings and publications
- (g) supporting the organisation of festivals of performing arts in Ireland
- (h) cooperating with broadcasting organizations.
Since its inception in 2005, ICTM Ireland has held conferences annually:
- “Ethnomusicology in the Digital Age” Belfast (2013)
- “Movement and Music” Dublin (2012)
- “Listening” University of Ulster, Magee Campus, Derry/Londonderry (2011)
- “Ensemble: Playing Together” Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick (2010)
- “Recording” and a Tribute to Hugh Shields, UCD School of Music (2009).
- “Fieldwork” and a Tribute to Tom Munnelly, Institute of Technology, Tralee (2008)
- “Irish Music and Dance in History”, University College Cork (2007)
- “National Ethnomusicologies”, University of Limerick (2006)
Dr. Daithí Kearney
Ethnomusicologist, geographer and performer Dr Daithí Kearney is a graduate of University College Cork and the current Programme Director of the BA (Hons) Applied Music degree at DkIT. His PhD concentrates on the construction of geographies and regional identities in Irish traditional music and current research extends to include performance studies, community music, music education and the connection between music and place.
Daithí has toured regularly as a musician, singer and dancer with a number of groups including Siamsa Tíre, The National Folk Theatre of Ireland and was Artistic Director of the The Cork International Folk Dance Festival 2005. An All-Ireland champion musician, he has recorded with a number of ensembles including the band Nuada and performed for President Obama in The White House in 2009. In 2012 he released an album with Cork accordion player John Cronin entitled Midleton Rare, which is related to a wider research project on the music and musicians of the Sliabh Luachra region. He continues to tour regularly including at the National Folk Festival of Australia (2013) and with members of the DkIT Ceol Oirghialla Traditional Ensemble in USA and Brazil (2014).
Recent publications include contributions to the Companion to Irish Traditional Music (ed. Vallely, 2012), Ancestral Imprints *(ed. Smith, 2012), the *Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland (ed. White and Boydell, 2013) and* Spacing Ireland* (Crowley and Linehan, 2013).
Dr. Aoife Granville
Sheryl’s research interests include the music of North West Cameroon and musical identities in the diasporic context. In 2009, Sheryl co-edited The Musicology Review, the only postgraduate journal dedicated to musicology in Ireland. She currently tutors in UCD and is a part-time ethnomusicology lecturer in St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra.
In addition to teaching music in a community youth project, Sheryl continues to work as a performer and has played the clarinet in a variety of musical groups including the UCD Symphony Orchestra, Engine Room Orchestra and the new music ensemble, NODE.
Sheryl drums with the Afro-Caribbean Society and is currently studying for the PhD under the supervision of Dr. Jaime Jones.
From Dublin, singer and bodhrán player Michael Hackett is a 2010 graduate of the Irish World Academy’s BA in Irish Traditional Music and Dance. In 2011, under the supervision of Colin Quigley PhD Michael completed his MA in ethnomusicology, his MA thesis titled, “Singing Our Place: Local Songs and the Performance of Place in Irish Balladry” which focuses on the phenomenon of the social singing session common in Ireland. The thesis investigates the processes by which local cultural identities are created and performed by singers and songmakers who regularly engage in the activity of social singing.
Michael has taught Singing and Bodhrán at the Irish world Academy and lectures on social singing he has appeared on Irish Television and Radio. He is a regular performer at signing festivals in Ireland, Europe and the US. Michael recently embarked upon preliminary PhD research into the cultural, historical, geographical and social significance of community sports songs; locally composed songs which celebrate and commemorate the successes of local parish and county teams who regularly compete in the indigenous Irish sports of Hurling, Gaelic Football and Handball.
Dr. Ray Casserly
Ray Casserly is Resident Director of the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) study abroad programs at Queen’s University, Belfast (QUB). Ray currently directs and lectures on the Society, Conflict, and Peace semester program based within the Institute of Irish Studies at QUB.