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Writers contributing to the Companion to Irish Traditional Music, 2nd Edition

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SurnameFirst NameWriter CodeBiography
AhernPatPAAGuitarist and former columnist, Cork
AndersonGeneGEAConcertina player, music promoter; Carrick-on-Shannon, Co; Leitrim
BazinFenellaFEBPerformer and chronicler of Manx music
BennetMargaretMABSinger and former Research Fellow at Glasgow University; from a long line of Skye singers and pipers
BerryPhilPHBSinger, songwriter, Wexford song authority
BicegoDanieleDABUilleann piper and pipe maker living in Rome
BourkeAngelaABUFormerly lecturer in Modern Irish at UCD; her song research has included work on 'Caoineadh na dTr’í Mhuire'
BoydellBarraBABOrganologist, lecturer in music at NUIM
BradleyHarryHBRFlute and uilleann pipes player, from Belfast
BradshawHarryHABRadio producer, researcher, recording technologist
BrennanHelenHEBDance authority, author of The Story of Irish Dance, Drogheda
BrownePeterPEBUilleann piper, radio producer
BuckleyAngelaAGBResearcher at WIT
BuckleyAnnANBResearch Associate at the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, TCD
BurnSarahSABOboist, Co; Wexford, her doctoral research is on A.J; Potter
ButlerLisaLIBFiddler and music teacher in Carlow, member of the band Caladh Nua
CarolanNicholasNICDirector of the ITMA
CarrollBarryBACHammer dulcimer player, Lisburn, Antrim / Dublin
CarrollJimJCASinger, song collector, researcher, Born Liverpool, joined Ewan MacColl's Critics Group in 1989; Clare based, he has researched songs and singing of Travellers and of west Clare
CarrollPaulaPCABroadcaster with Clare FM radio
ColemanSteveSTCPiper, lecturer in Social Anthropology, NUIM
CollinsTimTICConcertina player, Kerry; doctoral researcher at NUIG
ComiskeyGlennGLCPiper, former archivist at the ITMA; Armagh/London
ComminsAdeleADCLecturer in music at DkIT, Dundalk
ComminsVerenaVECButton accordion and piano player, researcher; Mayo-Coventry/ NUIG
CormackArthurARCDirector of Feisean nan Gaidheal, Scotland
CotterGeraldineGECPiano and whistle player, tutor editor, teacher; Clare
CoxGarethGACSenior lecturer and head of the Department of Music at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick; co-editor with Axel Klein of Irish Music in the Twentieth Century [2003) and author of Seoirse Bodley [2010]
CranfordPaulPACFiddle player, music collector and publisher, Cape Breton
CranitchMattMACFiddle-player, lecturer, authority on music of Sliabh Luachra; Cork
CrowleyJimmyJICSinger and songwriter; Cork
CullinaneJohnJOCDance researcher and archivist; Cork
CunninghamEricERCFlute and whistle player; director of the World Fleadh; Headford
DalyGregoryGRDFlute player, archivist at Ceol‡ras Cholm‡in; Co; Sligo
De La HayeEmmanuelEMDBouzouki player, Paris
DeGraePaulPDGGuitarist, writer, researcher, author of the first guitar tutor in traditional music; Dublin/Kerry
DesplanquesMarie AnnickMDESinger, folklorist, specialist on Newfoundland; Brittany/Cork
DillaneAileenAIDPiano player, lecturer at UL
DohertyLizLIDFiddle player, lecturer in traditional music at UU; Buncrana
DolanBrendanBRDFlute and piano player, based in New York; archivist at NYU
DouglasSheilaSHDSinger, storyteller and an editor of the Greig Duncan collection; Perth, Scotland
DowlingMartinMADFiddle player, lecturer at QUB; Chicago/Belfast
DromeyPaulPADMusic columnist with Cork newspapers
DuffyPaddyPDUFormer professor of geography, NUIM; Castleblayney/Kildare
DugganBryanBDUFlute player, music-software developer; deviser of the 'Tunepal' music-search 'app'
FarrellEibhl’sEIFComposer; head of Music and Creative Media, DkI
FeganTommyTOFUilleann piper and community music worker; Camlough, Co; Armagh
FloodPaulinePAFCCƒ organiser and teacher, Edgeworthstown, Co; Longford
FoleyCatherineCAFDancer, musician, collector, choreographer, writer, lecturer in Ethnochoreology and Irish traditional dance, UL; Cork/Limerick
GarvinWilbertWIGUilleann piper and bag piper; author of 'The Irish Bagpipe'
GebruersMaeveMAGHarp player; archivist with the ITMA
GrahamLenLEGSinger and song collector; Antrim/Armagh
GranvilleAoifeAOGFlute and Fiddle player, ethnomusicologist; Dingle
GunnDouglasDOGRecorder player, writer, broadcaster, teacher, composer and choral conductor [Douglas Gunn Ensemble]
HallRegREHMelodeon and piano player, record producer, historian of Irish dance music in London
HamiltonHammy (Colin)HAHFlute-player and maker, researcher and writer; Coolea
HammondDavidDAHSinger, raconteur, film producer
HannanRobbieROHUilleann piper, Ulster Folk and Transport Museum
HarbisonJanetJAHHarper, director of the Irish Harp College; Co; Limerick
HarteFrankFRHSinger, collector, song author
HastingsGaryGAHFlute player, author of With Fife and Drum; Belfast/Connacht
HattonFredaFHAHarp/concertina player, arts administrator, Irish-language translator; Westmeath/Galway
HayesMartinMHAFiddler player, Co; Clare
HayesNualaNUHActor, storyteller, broadcaster, folklore collector and festival organiser; Dublin
HeneganJulieJUHSinger and researcher, specialist in traditional Irish song and southern American folk music; Missouri
HessianCarlCAHPianist and keyboard player; Co; Galway
HeymannAnnANHWire-strung harp performer, writer and researcher; Minneapolis
HitchnerEarleEAHWriter and radio broadcaster; Wall Street Journal and Irish Echo, USA
JohansonMatsMAJFiddle player, music researcher and teacher; Karlsborg [Sweden)/Oslo and Telemark [Rauland) University College, Norway
JohnstonThomasTHJUilleann piper, research at UL on traditional music in education in Ireland; Monaghan/Limerick
KearneyDaith’íDAKBanjo player, dancer, music geographer; lecturer at DkIT; Tralee
KeeganNiallNIKFlute player, lecturer at UL; St Albans/Limerick
KellerThomasTHKEditor of FolkWorld webzine [folkworld.eu]; Salzgitter, Germany
KellyItaITKMusic journalist and broadcaster, Co; Galway
Kiley (1st ed.)BrendanBRKWriter, publisher: Kilkenny
KinnairdAlisonALKHarper, teacher, lecturer and writer; Scotland
KinneyPhyllisPHKFrom the USA, she has published extensively in English and Welsh
KinsellaMickMIKHarmonica player; Dublin
KjeldsenSvendSVKBodhr‡n player, music researcher and promoter; Denmark/Galway
LalorHelenHELHarper, researcher, music lecturer at DkIT; Co; Dublin
LanganJulieJULFiddle player, teacher; Co; Mayo
LanierSaraSALWriter, neo-antiquarian, harper; Co; Antrim
Larson SkyCathyCALFiddle player, writer, folklore researcher; Rhode Island/North Carolina
LawlerBrianBRLCŽil’ band founder, composer, archivist; Kildare/Cork/ Dublin
LethertNickNILArtist, designer, compere; St Paul/Minneapolis
LeydenMauriceMALJournalist, writer, singer; Belfast
LoughnaneKathleenKALHarper, composer, seventeenth to eighteenth-century harp music specialist; Nenagh/Galway
LynchCathalCALSinger, teacher; Tyrone
Mac AoidhCaoimh’ínCAMFiddle player, writer, specialist in Donegal fiddle; Ballyshannon
Mac Con IomaireLiamLIMSinger, journalist, and broadcaster, from Casla, Connemara
Mac ManúœisClementCLMAuthor of 'Ƀamonn Ó Gallchobhair - An Annotated Catalogue of Works' {MA}; Dundalk/Belfast
MacDiarmadaOisí’nOMDFiddle and piano player; plays with Tiada; Sligo
MacGabhannAntó—inAMGFiddler, music organiser; from Cavan; Meath
MaddenAngelaAMAOrchestral administrator; her MA ethnomusicology research at QUB was lilting
MaguireCyrilCYMFlute player from Garrison, Co; Fermanagh; editor of Hidden Fermanagh
MatthewsCeriCEMA piper, he lives and works in Wales
McBrideJimmyJIMSinger, collector, organiser of the the lnishowen Traditional Singers' Circle and annual seminar; Buncrana
McCannAnthonyANMWriter, singer, bodhr‡n player, his PhD research was on copyright in traditional music; lecturer at UU, Derry city
McCarthyJohnnyJMCFlute and fiddle player, music teacher; Cork
McCreanorBrendanBRMUilleann piper; Dunleer
McCulloughLaurence PLAMTin whistle player, writer, researcher and composer; Chicago
McDermotJoanJMDSinger, archivist with the ITMA; Wexford/Dublin
McElwainSeá‡nSMEMember of the group TŽada; PhD researcher in the music of north Monaghan
McEniryCaitr’onaCMEPiano and flute player, lecturer in music at DkIT
McEvoyJacintaJAMConcertina player and dance tutor compiler; Meath
McGettrickPaulPMGFlute player; lecturer in music technology at DkIT
McGrathVincentVIMAccordion player, community activist; biographer of composer John McGrath; Mayo
McKerrillSimonSIMPiper and researcher of Scottish music at Newcastle University
McLeodKenKMLUilleann piper, pipes researcher
McNamaraBrianBRNUilleann piper, flute player and specialist in the music of Leitrim
MeadeDonDOMHarmonica player, fiddler, organiser, writer; New York
MeekBillBIMSinger, journalist, traditional music commentator
MercierMelMEMBodhrá‡n and bones player; head of School of Music at UCC
MitchellMaryMAMUilleann piper, lecturer at UCC, music collector; Cork
MitchellPatPMIUilleann piper, specialist on pipes music; Dublin
MoloneyColetteCOMMusician, researcher, author, lecturer at WIT; Charleville/Tramore
MoloneyMickMIMSinger, banjo and mandolin player, lecturer and researcher; Limerick/New York
MorrisseyLisaLMOMusician, researcher at WIT; Tramore
MortonFrancesFRMFlute player, traditional music researcher; Glasgow
MotherwaySusanSUMConcertina and flute player; lecturer at ITT, Tralee
MouldenJohnJOMSinger, researcher, lecturer and writer
MoylanTerryTEMUilleann piper, set dancer, writer
MulkereBrendanBMUFiddle player; lecturer, writer and teacher
Mulvey O'LearyMaureenMOLCéŽilí’, set and step dance teacher and caller of CéŽil풒s in Ontario
MunnellyTomTOMSinger, song collector, writer, lecturer and commentator; Dublin/Clare
MurphyPatPAMSet dancer and teacher, from Tipperary
N’í ChathasaighMá‡ireMANHarp player, singer; from Bandon, Co; Cork
N’í Chonará‡inSiobh‡ánSINFlute player, from Co; Limerick, staff worker with CCƒ
N’í’ ChormaicJuneJUNFlute player and teacher; Co; Sligo
N’í’ FhloinnBairbreBNFLecturer in Irish folklore at UCD
N’í’ Shúœilleabhá‡inEibhlí’sEINSinger, from Cœil Aodha, Co; Cork, she has researched songs and singers of Gaeltacht Mhœscra’
N’í’ Uallach‡áinPadraigínPANSinger and researcher, author of Hidden Ulster
N’í’ UarthanMéŽabhMENLecturer at IWAMD
O BaoillColmCOOSinger; Professor of Celtic Studies at the University of Aberdeen
O BeirneJoeJOBFlute player, researcher, folklorist, pbulisheer, Mayo
O Bró—itheEamonnEABUilleann pipes, singer; Dublin/Galway
O Callaná‡inNiallNIOBouzouki player, Dublin
O ConluainProinsiasPRORadio producer and scriptwriter, he produced many documentaries on figures in traditional music
O Dubhá‡inSiubh‡ánSIDChoral conductor, writer and lecturer in music at DkIT, her research is on ceoldrama.; Rostrevor
O DubhghaillAod‡ánAOOFiddler, producer and sound engineer with RTƒ
O hAllmhurá‡inGearó—idGEOConcertina player, historian, lecturer and ethnomusicologist; Clare/ St Louis / MontrŽal
O LaoireLillisLIOSinger, lecturer at NUI Galway, writer
O Liathá‡inDó—nalDOLSinger and songwriter, an authority on the lore and music of west Cork
O MuiritheDiarmuidDIOLecturer, writer on dialectology; he has done major research on the macaronic song
O Nualltá‡inBreandá‡nBRKFlute; Projects Officer at CCƒ working on archival digitization; USA/ Dublin
O RiadaPeadarPEOConcertina player, singer, composer; living Cœil Aodha, Co; Cork, the director of C—ir Chœil Aodha since 1971
O SnodaighPá‡draigPAOIrish language activist and former Uachtar‡n of Conradh na Gaeilge
O'Brien MinogueEileenEIOFiddle player, teacher, from Co; Tipperary, she has published the music of her father, accordionist Paddy O'Brien
O'Brien-MoranJimmyJIOUilleann pipes, saxophone, lecturer in music at WIT
O'ConnellBridgetBROFiddle player, lecturer, researcher of Newfoundland fiddle music; WIT
O'ConnellRoxanneROOSinger, associate professor; Massachusetts/Rhode Island
O'ConnorGerryGOCFiddle player, maker and teacher; music researcher and publisher
O'ConnorMickMIOUilleann piper and Flute player, book research, photography and publishing
O'ConnorNualaNUOWriter, documentary and film producer; Kerry
O'DohertyEamonnEODFlute player, architect and sculptor; from Derry, he is joint author of The Northern Fiddler
O'DwyerSimonSIOAncient Irish horn player, researcher, and innovator
O'HanlonGerryGOHSinger; One of the organisers of the Forkhill Singers festival through the 1980s and 1990s
O'KeeffeMá‡ireMAOFiddle player, from Co; Kerry, her PhD research is on the accordion
O'ReganJohnJORJournalist specialising in Irish music, he contributes to many publications, including Irish Music magazine
O'SheaHelenHEOFiddle player, researcher; author of The Making of Irish Traditional Music; Melbourne
OchsBillBIOTin whistle player, author of tutors for the instrument and an authority on the Clarke whistle; New York
OlsenIanIAOSinger and lecturer, editor of the Aberdeen University Review; an authority on Scottish music and song of the north-east
QuinnBobBOQWriter, film-maker, photographer and member of Aosd‡án
QuinnSeanSEQAccordion player, from Newcastle, Co; Down; A founder of the Antrim Glens Traditions Group, he has written extensively for Treoir
QuinnTonerTOQFiddle player, he is the founder and editor of the Journal of Music
ReesStephenSTRLecturer and researcher, University of North Wales at Bangor
RobbMarthaMARAuthor of Irish Dancing Costumes [Country House, 1998]
RobinsonAndrewANRBaroque musician, former director of Maoin-Cheoil an Chl‡ir
RyanKarenKARFiddle player, band leader, organiser of Return to Camden Town festival, London
ScahillEndaENSBanjo player; east Co; Galway
SchillerRinaRISBorn Berlin, her BA research at QUB was on gender and traditional music; her postgraduate study was published as The Lambeg and the Bodhrá‡n
SheridanDaveDSHFiddle player and CCƒ music organiser; Carlow
SherlockTomTOSTraditional music promoter, Dublin
ShieldsHughHUSSinger, song collector and researcher
SkyPatPASUilleann piper, researcher, publisher; USA
SlatteryAlisonALSMusician, teacher, researcher on the Plunkett/O'Daly MSS; Tipperary
SleatorAllisonASLSinger, songwriter, folk club and community music organiser; Kildare/Dublin
SmallJackieJASUilleann piper, accordion player, broadcaster, archivist, recording technologist; editor of CRɃ 4 and 5; Mayo
SmithGraemeGRSAccordion player; ethnomusicologist at Monash University, Melbourne.
SmithJesseJESFiddle player and Coleman researcher; USA/Dublin
SmithJimmyJISBallad singer, from Co; Clare, specialising in collection and research of sporting songs
SmithThereseTHSHead of the School of Music at UCD
SomersCiar‡ánCISFlute player and teacher; Carlow
Sommers-SmithSallySASFiddle player, from Michigan, she researches the history and growth of Irish music
SprouleDaith’íDASSinger and guitarist, performer with Altan; Derry/Minneapolis
StradlingRodRSTSinger, melodeon player, record producer, magazine editor, journalist; web editor of Musical Traditions
SweeneyBethBESLibrarian at the Burns Library Irish Music Archives, Boston College
TrewJoanneJOTA fiddler, from Montreal, of Irish parents, she lectures at UU in Belfast
TubridyMichaelMITFlute player and set dancer, formerly with The Chieftains and Ceolt—ir’ Chualann
Ua Súœilleabhá‡inSeá‡nSEUIrish lecturer, UCC, specialising in the traditions of Muskerry Gaeltacht
U’í ÓgáinR’íonachRIUProfessor, director of the National Folklore Collection at UCD
VallelyCaoimhí’nCAVFiddle and piano player, he has played with North Cregg and Buille; Armagh/ Cork
VallelyEithneEIVFiddle player and teacher, author of the Armagh Pipers' Club tutors
VallelyFintanEDIEditor, CITM; musician, writer, lecturer; Armagh/Dublin
VallelyNiallNIVConcertina player and composer; Cork
VignolesJulianJUVTelevision and radio producer; Wicklow/Dublin
ViitanenJohannaJOVTraditional musician and journalist, writing on Irish music for Finnish Music and other magazines; Finland
WebbPetaPEWSinger, Folk Club organiser; librarian at Cecil Sharp House, London
WilkinsonDesiDEWFlute, fiddle and bagpipe player, music lecturer at University of Newcastle; Belfast/Limerick
WilliamsSeanSEWEthnomusicologist, singer, fiddler; Evergreen State College, Washington State
WorrallDanDAWConcertina player, author of The Anglo-German Concertina, A Social History; Texas
WrightMichaelMIWTrump/Jew's harp player, authority and researcher, Oxford
WulffHelenaHEWProfessor of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University
YamamotoTakukiTAY, RIYStep and set dancer, researcher in body culture; Keio University, Japan
YamashitaRiekoRIY, TAYDancer, lecturer, author of books on Irish dancing and culture, translator [English/Japanese); Tokyo/Shiga
YeatsGr‡áinneGRYHarpist, singer and researcher, she has written much on wire-strung harp, and made several recordings on it

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