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Film, Video Múscraí Singing Tradition of County Cork, Ireland

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  • Múscraí Singing Tradition of County Cork, Ireland


  • Cormac Ó hAodha is the current Lomax Scholar and Lovelace Fellow at the Kluge Center and comes from Cúil Aodha, which is a village in the Múscraí Gaeltacht of County Cork in Ireland. He is conducting extensive research in the Alan Lomax Collection within the American Folklife Center 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 that he is a part of. Ó'hAodha discussed 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. 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, Ó'hAodha is a singer in this tradition and performed several songs during this event. The Botkin Lecture series is part of the ongoing public programming activities at the American Folklife Center, highlighting the fields of folklife, ethnomusicology, oral history and related disciplines, foregrounding its archival holdings, and fulfilling its Congressionally-mandated mission.

Event Date

  • March 26, 2024

Running Time

  • 1 hours 24 minutes 41 seconds

Online Format

  • video
  • image
  • online text

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