Annual Conference 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.

The Keynote speaker for the 2015 Annual Conference is Dr Christopher J. Smith from is Professor and Chair of Musicology/Ethnomusicology and director of the Vernacular Music Centre at the Texas Tech University School of Music. In 2015 Professor Smith will be a Visiting Researcher at the Section of Music, DkIT, delivering lectures and developing collaborations with the faculty through the support of the DkIT Research Office. The theme for this year’s conference invites scholars to address the complexities of diversity in ethnomusicology, places and sounds.

Conference Programme

Friday 27 February
2pm Registration
2.30pm Postgraduate Forum Chair: Professor Christopher J. Smith·Preparing a Conference Presentation·

First Steps Towards Publishing·

9pm Seisiún Ceol Tradisiúnta, Crowne Plaza Hotel
Saturday 28 February
9am Registration
9.30am Welcome, Dr Adele Commins, Head of Section of Music, DkIT
9.45am Session 1A: New Tracks Chair: John O’Flynn Session 1B: Music and MigrationChair: Suzel Reilly
John Millar(In)Authentic Country: Recreating the Authentic in Country Music Michalis PoupazisTransnational Zorbas and Kebabs: Selective-Ethnogenesis and Ethnophaulisms Amongst the Cypriot Diaspora in Birmingham
J. Griffith Rollefson“Straight Outta B.C.”: Juice Aleem’s Precolonial Critique Lonán Ó BriainConstructed Traditions: A Comparative Survey of Hmong Musician Vietnam
10.45am Tea Coffee
11.15am Session 2A: Festival and DramaChair: Ioannis Tsioulakis Session 2B: Instruments Chair: Helen Lawlor
Liz MellishBulgarian Tracks: The Road to the Koprivshtitsa Festival (and back again) Professor Abdul Jamal Abd HamidCreative Sense in Music Instrument Making: Discovering ‘Somporing’: Bamboo Saxophone of Sabah, Malaysia
Threase KessieAffirming Cultural Identity Through Music and Folk Drama Darren James FennThe Bandoneon in the 21st Century: Reverential, Referential or Radical?
Carrie DikeArticulating a Theoretical Perspective on the Social Life of Irish Traditional Singing Robbie CambellDyslexia and Sensory-Perceptial Learning Processes in Music: A Case Study of Chopi timbila Xylophone Music in Mozambique
12.45pm Lunch with music provided by members of the DkIT Ceol Oirghialla Traditional Music Ensemble
1.45pm Address, Denis Cummins, President, DkIT
2pm Film: Coppers and BrassIrish Travellers and Irish Traditional Music by Tommy Fegan
3pm Session 3A: National IdentityChair: Méabh Ní Fhuartháin Session 3B: Hybrid TracksChair: Tony Langlois
Deirdre Ní Chonghaile Róisín Dubh: Anthem of Insurrection Svend KjeldsenMancunian Irish: Urban Ethos, Cultural Intimacy and Musical Hybridization
Róisín Ní GhallóglaighFrom the Erotic to the Sovereign: Women and National Image in An Sean Bhean Bhocht Matt CranitchMusical Ideas Crossing Instrument Boundaries
Eibhlís FarrellShe Moved Through the Fair: The Creative Restructuring of Tradition Matthew ‘Mattu’ NooneReclaiming the Mongrel, Third Space Theory and Transforming Traditions: Irish Traditional and Northern Indian Classical Musical Explorations
4.30pm Tea/ Coffee
4.45pm Keynote, Professor Christopher J. SmithAnglo-Celtic and Afro-Caribbean Meetings in 19th century America: Historical Musicology, Ethnomusicology, and Ethnochoreology, Dancing at the Crossroads
6.30pm AGM, Crowne Plaza Hotel
7.30pm Conference Dinner
Sunday 1 March
9am Registration
9.15 Session 4A: Reading the Pasts: Music, Memory and IdentitiesChair: Andrea Harris Jordan Session 4B: Changing Places Chair: Colin Quigley
Andrea Harris JordanLooking for the ‘Old Songs’: Attitudes Towards the Past in Institutional Music and Song Collecting in 20thCentury Ireland Sean McElwain‘The Stray Sod’: Changes in the Musical Culture of the Sliabh Beagh Region (1950–1975)
Karin EriksonTranslating Musical Pasts: The Zorn Auditions Síle DenvirThe Space Between: Continuity and Creativity in Irish language Traditional Singing
Mikaela MingaRemembering the Past: “Listening” Memory, The Case of Spanja Pipa Aoife GranvilleWest Kerry Soundscapes and Repertoires
Gianpaolo ChiriacòPerformances of Removed Memories: The Atse Tewodros Project and its Reception in Post-colonial Italy Aidan O’DonnellGetting Back on Track: A Re-Evaluation of Spatial Metaphors as Apparent in the Fiddle Tradition of Co. Donegal.
11.15am Tea / Coffee
11.30am Session 5A: BelfastChair: Martin Dowling Session 5B: SourcesChair: Daithí Kearney
Conor CaldwellBelfast’s Traditional Music scene: A Narrative of Change and Development Christopher Mac AuliffeWho Collected the Music in the Patrick O’Neill Music Manuscript Collection?
Kayla RushPerforming National and Doctrinal Identities Between “Protestant” and “Catholic” in Pentecostal Devotional Music in West Belfast Angela Buckley‘A Diversity of Sources’: The Irish Music Manuscripts of John Edward Pigot (1822–1871)
Sarah Jane GibsonKeeping a Tradition Alive: The Queen’s Island Victoria Male Voice Choir of Belfast, Northern Ireland Adèle ComminsFour Irish Dances: The Tracks of Two Composers
1pm Close