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)

Colm Kelly(Treasurer)

(Education Officer)

Ian O'Connor (Membership Officer)

Ian O’Connor from Limerick, Ireland is a traditional Irish musician and PhD candidate in Ethnomusicology at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick under the supervision of Dr. Orfhlaith Ní Bhriain. His doctoral research explores how historical, current and emerging processes of mediatisation have influenced perception and interpretation of the live music event. This research project focuses specifically on proposing a multivalent theory of ‘liveness’ within the increasingly mediatized performative context of dance accompaniment for competitive Irish step dance. A graduate of the B.A. in Irish Music and Dance and M.A. in Ethnomusicology programs at the University of Limerick, Ian has delivered several presentations on previous research in the context of both national conferences and university lecture presentations. In 2021 he will present his doctoral research in Hildesheim at the 12th International Doctoral Workshop in Ethnomusicology, led by Prof. Philip V. Bohlman. Ian is also an active practitioner of Irish traditional music, playing a wide variety of instruments including flute, whistle, concertina, guitar and bodhrán. He has performed professionally for several years as part of the Brú Ború Company as well as performing alongside Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

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.