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 language and we’re enjoying the build up as well as gaining new perspectives on festival culture and attitudes to music, traditional or otherwise. We were fortunate to get back to Speyfest again in July. As well as facilitating workshops and performing, we had a chance to continue our immersion in the festival experience and continue to write our fieldnotes (in language and music). Speyfest has become an important research project for us and had offered us an opportunity for regular fieldwork over a number of years (and we’re not finished yet!). This year we we

The unexamined life is not worth living”  Socrates

© 2016 by Adèle Commins and Daithí Kearney.

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