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Summer Seeds and Sunshine

In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald writes: "And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as...

Spring in our Steps

We may have slowed down in our blogging for 2021 and while it may reflect a slowdown in our travels and adventures, we have been...

A Solstice Synopsis

The solstice has taken on huge symbolic importance this year as people seek to move again towards a brighter future. Although the skies...

Lockdown Leaps and Legacies

Despite maintaining a near monthly blog before March 2020, we have neglected it over the past six months as we have adapted to the situation

Springtime Thoughts

‘I’ve travelled more of the world with the light of a penny candle than you have done in all your years of travelling’. Eric Cross, The...

Southbound with the Snowdrops

Although traditionally the first month of Spring, enlivened by the emergence of the snowdrops, February remains Winter’s tail end....

Music Education Matters

For our first blog of 2020, we are enthused to reflect on the 9th Annual Conference of the Society for Music Education, 24-25 January...

Warming Winter Wanderers

Applications, collaborations and deadlines... Adele was in Antwerp, Daithí went to Dublin Castle and the adventures continue.

An EPIC October

October brings great colour and the harvest reflects the rewards of a period of intense hard work. We were delighted to reflect this...

September Soundings

September was a period of intensity as we returned to work at Dundalk Institute of Technology while also engaging in a number of...

All Fleadh'd Out

For the second year running, our nearby town of Drogheda hosted Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann and we were delighted to be stuck in the middle...

From Fochabers to the Fleadh

The Fleadh is nearly here with crowds about to descend on County Louth for a celebration of Irish traditional music, song, dance and...

Summer Songs and Sideways Steps

Collaboration is often key to successful research and can take many forms. Understanding your role in a team and developing relationships...

A Spring in Our Step

We had a wonderful Springtime of music, research and adventures and are, as always, grateful to the great friends who make it all possible.

Before the Coming of Spring

Cold sunlight glinting on the rocky fields of cloud, The high shrill note of Winter's happy piper Rises and lifts my dreamer far above...

November Notes

November was a month of returning. Graduands returned to DkIT for their special day, Daithí returned to UCC, Youghal and Antwerp, and we...

October Opportunities

For October, we had an opportunity to stay at home but, in many ways, it signalled the importance of musicking in our local lives, not...

September Spells

After the excitement of August, September was for settling back into routines but with some great festivals in surrounding counties, we...

An Awesome August

With Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann coming to Louth for the first time, August 2018 was a month to remember. And there was much more besides....

The unexamined life is not worth living”  Socrates