“Mol an Óige agus tiocfaidh sí: incredible agents of change in traditional Irish music in Ennis, Co. Clare"


Lecture by Dr. Geraldine Cotter “Mol an Óige agus tiocfaidh sí: incredible agents of change in traditional Irish music in Ennis, Co. Clare” on Thursday 18th August starting at 7.00pm followed by session in teach cheoil.

The Ennis that is now recognised as a major hub of Irish traditional music did not always exist. During the 1970s, traditional music practice became a ‘living tradition’, and became increasingly relevant to Ennis musicians and to the life of the town in general. The lecture traces the change, which was generated thanks to progressive minded key individuals, organisations and institutions, who acting together, not only sustained but also spread the practice that barely existed in the 1950s.

BIOG. From Ennis, County Clare, Dr. Geraldine Cotter is a tin whistle and piano player, teacher and researcher, currently lecturing in Music Education at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. Her publications include Rogha- Geraldine Cotter’s Choice (2008), Geraldine Cotter’s Tin Whistle Tutor (Ossian Publications, 1983) and Seinn an Piano (Ossian Publications, 1996), the first tutor for Irish traditional music for piano. She has contributed articles to The Companion to Irish Traditional Music and Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland. Geraldine has recorded on over 20 albums including her debut solo album Piano+. She teaches and performs regularly at summer schools and events internationally such as the Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy, the Catskills Irish Art Week, Rencontre Musicale Irlandaise in France and Masters of Tradition Bantry House. She is a member of the Boruma Trio and Shaskeen. She features regularly on television and radio programmes and has contributed to the documentaries Céard an Cheoil, Canúintí, Geantrai and Gradam Cheoil TG4.

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