Blas Lecture Series

Lectures are delivered by Irish World Academy faculty and will cover the history and contemporary developments in the music, song and dance traditions.

Some lectures may also take the form of practical workshops and will feature all of the Blas music and song students working together on such subjects as ensemble performance, composition and so on.


Past lecturers and titles have included:

Dr. Aileen Dillane: “Damien Dempsey: Contemporary Irish Protest Singer

Dr. Catherine Foley: “An Ethnochoreological Exploration of Sean Nos Dancing

Dr. Sandra Joyce: “Barbarous Licences’: Ornamentation and Variation in Traditional Singing in Ireland

Dr. Niall Keegan: “Love, Nostalgia and the Imagination of Irish Traditional Music

Dr. Mats Melin: “One with the Music

Dr. Orfhlaith Ni Bhriain: “The Walls of Limerick: Garrison Town and Stronghold of Conradh na Gaeilge