Event Concerts and Performances The Múscraí Singing Tradition of County Cork, Ireland and Alan Lomax by Cormac Ó hAodha, singer and Alan Lomax Scholar - Jon B. Lovelace Fellow:

Date and Location

  • When: Tuesday, March 26, 2024

    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

  • Where: Thomas Jefferson Building - Whittall Pavilion (LJG45E)

    10 1st Street SE, Washington, DC 20540

Part of Benjamin A. Botkin Folklife Lectures

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The Múscraí Singing Tradition of County Cork, Ireland and Alan Lomax
Cormac Ó hAodha, singer and Alan Lomax Scholar - Jon B. Lovelace Fellow

March 26, 2024
12:00 PM
Doors Open: 11:40 AM

Cormac Ó hAodha is the current Lomax Scholar – Lovelace Fellow at the Kluge Center and comes from Cúil Aodha, which is a village in the Múscraí Gaeltacht of Co. Cork in Ireland. He is conducting extensive research in the archive of the American Folklife Center on the Alan Lomax Collection here at the Library of Congress, which includes material Lomax collected some 73 years ago from singers in the Múscraí singing tradition, the same singing tradition he grew up in and is a part of.

He will discuss his current project, which focuses on the preservation, publication, availability and sharing of intangible Irish creative heritage, specifically of the Irish song tradition of his native Múscraí in Co. Cork. His research is aimed at digital discoverability and preservation in a global web environment for scholars and citizens alike leading ultimately to ‘Digital Return’ of archival records to the communities from which they were originally collected. As well as being an academic and a researcher, Cormac Ó hAodha is himself a singer in this tradition and will perform several songs during this lecture/performance.

The Botkin Lecture series is part of AFC's ongoing public programming activities highlighting the fields of folklife, ethnomusicology, oral history and related disciplines; foregrounding its archival holdings; and fulfilling its congressionally mandated mission.

Free and Open to the public, but tickets are required. 

Accessible seating is available upon request. Please request ADA accommodations at least five days in advance by contacting 202-707-6362 or ada@loc.gov.


  • Cormac Ó hAodha

    Cormac Ó hAodha is a native of Cúil Aodha in the Múscraí Gaeltacht of Co. Cork which is a recognized heartland of traditional Irish language singing in Ireland. He is a native speaker of the Múscraí dialect of the Irish language. His song repertoire was learned from singers in his extended family and other singers in the community. He is currently writing his PhD thesis in the Department of Folklore at University College Cork on aspects of this song tradition.