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A Louth Lilt

The launch date has been announced! A Louth Lilt will be officially launched by Nicholas Carolan, former Director of the Irish Traditional Music Archive, in the Fr McNally Recital Room, Dundalk Institute of Technology at 7pm on Thursday 8 June 2017.

Our evening will also include the premiere of a documentary produced by some of our students at Dundalk Institute of Technology for a Summer Undergraduate Research Project last summer. Filmed and edited by Hannah Conroy and John McCallig, it follows our adventures in Scotland with six more of our students on the BA (Hons) Applied Music and MA Traditional Music Studies programmes - Conor Bogue (banjo), Ciara Brannigan (tin whistle, dance), Martha Guiney (flute), Brianna Madden (button accordion, vocals), Jane Meehan (fiddle), Maurice Mullen (flute) and Mike Waters (guitar).

A Louth Lilt is an album of music composed and performed by the two of us and co-produced with a student from the BA (Hons) Production of Music and Audio, Kial Wallace through funding awarded by the Research Office for a Summer Undergraduate Research Project in 2016. A Louth Lilt is inspired by people and places in Louth and further afield. From the snows of Norway to the sunsets of Brazil, the legends of the Táin to aspects of everyday life, the music draws on Irish musical traditions with an ear to the wider world. Encompassing influences from the artists rich and varied musical experiences, the pieces reflect a lifetime of engaging with various musical cultures and personalities.

We are very fortunate to work in a dynamic and innovative Institution and are grateful to the support of our School and Research Office, the students and colleagues who helped us out. JJ Quinlan for the artwork, Lorcan Dunne, Éamonn Crudden and Richie Price for advanced editing on the documentary, and Seán Keegan who co-supervised the recording project. We are grateful also to our technicians Derek Farrell for their assistance during the elements of the projects that took place at DkIT.

To reserve tickets to attend this special event at Dundalk Institute of Technology please email For more information on A Louth Lilt and other related research projects see or

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