Traditional Music and Song

january, 2022

wed26jan3:00 pmThe Futures of Irish Music3:00 pm Collins Barracks, Dublin

Event Details

A seminar hosted by music and academic professionals, facilitating a discussion about how Irish music can centre equality, diversity and inclusion moving forward as both an artform and as an industry. Hear from speakers informed by academic research and lived experience about the Futures of Irish Music. While the event is free, tickets are required.

As music festivals, venues, audiences and musicians continue to deal with the challenges wrought by Covid-19, this threshold moment may also allow us to reconsider more broadly the future(s) of Irish music in terms sustainability, diversity and inclusion. How might we move forward taking into account gender equality, minority participation, and modes of production that keep climate justice as well as social justice at the centre of activities? What kind of music career can professionals imagine into the future? Who will have access to the various modes of music education and funding, and how will that shape future participation and professionalisation of different genres and traditions? Can we model forms of music-making that address some or all of these challenges? What ultimately have we learned from the pandemic and what roles can festivals and the music industry play in such reimaginings? Our panel of musicians, educators, media influencers, content producers and shapers of cultural policy will address these and other questions.


Niamh Ní Charra (pictuted above) is a multi-award-winning musician, composer, and recording artist. She is also a professional archivist/project manager for the Conradh na Gaeilge and Mary Robinson collections in the National University of Ireland, Galway, as well as the Communications and Campaigns officer for the Archives and Records Association, Ireland. Niamh is a founding member and archivist for the volunteer campaign group, FairPlé, established in 2018, which aims to achieve gender balance in production, performance, promotion and development of Irish traditional and folk music. Niamh co-host the archives podcast series, Archive Nation.

Ola Majekodunmi is a broadcaster, social commentator, Gaeilgeoir, and film maker.  Her 2018 short film, What does ‘Irishness’ look like, garnered much praise for opening up the discourse on different modalities of Irishness. She is a co-founder of Beyond Representation, which seeks to bring together and celebrate women of colour in Ireland. Ola regularly speaks about issues relating to racism in Ireland, and about the problematic terminology in Irish relating to black people. She is a regular contributor to the podcast Motherfoclóir.

Mamobo Ogoro is the founder of Gorm Media, an influential, impact-focused digital media company that curates common ground through conversations that matter. Mamobo is currently pursuing a PhD in Social Psychology at the University of Limerick were she is a Sanctuary Fellow.  Mamobo has won numerous accolades for her social entrepreneurship and has participated in a variety initiatives that identify leaders of the future in Ireland. Most recently, Ogoro was named ‘Activist of the Year’ at the inaugural Black and Irish Awards In December 2021.

Jack Talty is a musician, recording artist, composer and producer, and owner of the successful Irish music label, Raelach Records. Jack was recently appointed as Lecturer in Traditional Music at UCC.  He has a PhD in Ethnomusicology and was commissioned by Trad Ireland/Traid Éireann to produce Navigating the Traditional Arts Sector in Ireland:  A Report on Challenges, Resources, and Opportunities, which was published in 2020 to help inform policy.

Enda Gallery is a musician, composer, and producer, based in Berlin. Moving between there, Dublin and County Clare, Gallery operated under pseudonym ‘Delush’ for a period of time when he released his acclaimed debut album Return to Zero in 2020. He reclaimed his name for the 2021 release of the official music video for Guess We Got a Problem, which has been nominated for a Shark Award. Gallery facilitates and collaborates with singer Tolü Makay, renowned Limerick rappers Willzee and Strange Boy, as well as other international electronic producers like Kid Simius, Dead Rabbit, and Nobody’s Face.

s is a HERA (EU) funded research project involving researchers and music festival partners in Ireland, Denmark, The Netherlands, Poland and the UK. This project aims to consider issues of cultural diversity and public space through a close examination of twelve music festivals across Europe, in addition to the impact of national COVID-19 restrictions on music industries and the post-pandemic landscape going forward. This event is hosted by members of the Irish FestiVersities team, senior lecturer Dr Aileen Dillane and postdoctoral research fellow Dr Sarah Raine from University of Limerick.



(Wednesday) 3:00 pm


Collins Barracks, Dublin

Health Guidelines for this Event

Masks Required


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