Dr Adrian Scahill (Chair)

Adrian Scahill is a lecturer in ethnomusicology in the Department of Music, Maynooth University. A first-class honours graduate of Maynooth, he studied both piano and organ before completing a Masters in Performance and Musicology (piano) at NUI Maynooth, and a Masters in Music Technology at Queen’s University, Belfast. During this time he was also active as a traditional musician (piano and button accordion), performing and touring both in Ireland and abroad.

His PhD, on accompaniment in Irish traditional music, was completed at University College Dublin in 2005 under the supervision of Harry White. The thesis considers both printed and recorded forms of Irish traditional music, examining how accompanimental techniques and styles are informed by the wider musical context in which they were produced. As part of the largest research project undertaken on music in Ireland, Adrian was subject editor for traditional music for the Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland (2013), and was also a major contributor to the volume, writing more than forty articles.

Other publications include articles on Irish traditional music and the seventeenth century in Irish Musical Studies 10 (2009), on Riverdance in Music and the Irish Imagination (2013), and on the harp in early traditional groups (2016). He has presented papers at conferences and given invited lectures both in Ireland and abroad, and in 2013 was chair of the organising committee for the Tenth Anniversary Plenary Conference of the Society for Musicology in Ireland. He established the traditional group in the department, and has helped develop and currently oversees traditional music performance within the undergraduate programmes. His teaching includes modules on ethnomusicology, popular music, Irish traditional music, and musicology.

Dr Ann Marie Hanlon(Secretary)

Ann-Marie Hanlon (PhD, Newcastle) is a musicologist with specialisms in cultural theories of music, popular music and French modernism. A Lecturer of Music at the University of Galway, her research in popular music focuses on the area of music and social change, and explores the ways in which music is utilised in a political sense in relation to women’s rights and within queer culture in Ireland and in the U.S..

She is the project lead of Gendered Experiences of the Irish Music Industry, the first national study on how gender impacts musicians’ day-to-day experiences on the island of Ireland. Her work can be found in a range of publications including in the books Media Narratives in Popular Music (Bloomsbury, 2021), Made in Ireland: Popular Music Studies (Routledge, 2020); and Music, Art and Performance from Liszt to Riot Grrrl (Bloomsbury, 2018).

Colm Kelly(Treasurer)

Christina Lynn (Education Officer)

Anthony Cahill (Membership Officer)

Kaylie Streit (Communications Officer)

Kaylie Streit is a PhD candidate in Ethnomusicology/Musicology at University College Cork. She is a music researcher, teacher, and performer who also holds a Master of Arts from University College Cork for her research on creative practices of cellists performing Irish traditional music. Her current research focuses on creative practices, composition in performance, and the relevance of oral/aural traditions and aesthetics as a tool for meaning-making in performances by instrumentalists in contemporary Irish traditional music performance contexts.