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John J. Burns Library


Nótaí/Notes: Music & Ireland

Boston College's special collections and rare books, including the University’s Archives, are housed in the John J. Burns Library, located in the Bapst Library Building, north entrance.

Nótaí/Notes: Music and Ireland
Research Symposium
Saturday, 23 September 2017
Gasson Hall, Boston College

Boston College and NUI Galway are delighted to announce the forthcoming research symposium Nótaí/Notes: Music and Ireland, which will take place on Saturday, 23 September 2017 in Boston College’s Gasson Hall. This full-day symposium will gather together international scholars from a variety of academic disciplines. The symposium theme is tied to a 2019 special issue of Éire-Ireland: an Interdisciplinary Journal of Irish Studies. Keynote speakers will include Dr Helen O’Shea (University of Melbourne) and Dr Méabh Ní Fhuartháin (National University of Ireland, Galway).

Symposium participants will also have an opportunity to acquaint themselves with Boston College’s extensive Irish Music Archives at the opening reception Friday, 22 September, 5:30PM at the Burns Library.

A preliminary symposium schedule is available below the registration form. A more complete schedule will be posted by July 30.

Please register below. The symposium will be free and open to all interested parties.

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This event is cosponsored by Comhrá Ceoil, Centre for Irish Studies at NUI Galway, together with the Boston College Libraries and Boston College Center for Irish Programs, with additional funding provided by the Irish Research Council New Foundations scheme.

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Friday, September 22

5:30 p.m.     Reception / refreshments

6:15 p.m.     Harp demonstration: “Key Changes: John Egan and the Revival of Ireland’s Harp” by harp historian Nancy Hurrell.
The John J. Burns Library owns two rare Portable Irish Harps by Dublin’s leading nineteenth-century harp maker, John Egan (fl. 1797-1829). Egan’s iconic shamrock-adorned harp was a nationalistic product in post-Union Ireland, and at a time when harp playing was dying out, the newly-invented chromatic model enabled a new harping tradition to continue in Ireland. Hurrell will play a two-hundred year old Egan harp from her own collection.  

6:45 p.m.     Conversation and an opportunity to view staff selections from the Irish Music Archives of the John J. Burns Library

8:00 p.m.     Reception ends

Saturday, September 23

8:45 a.m.     Tea/coffee/light refreshments

9:00 a.m.     Fáilte/Welcome

9:15 a.m.     Panel A

10:45 a.m.     Break

11:00 a.m.     Keynote 1

12:30 p.m.     Lunch (provided with registration)

1:30 p.m.     Panel B

3:00 p.m.     Break

3:15 p.m.     Keynote 2 

4:45 p.m.     Musical performance 

5:00 p.m.     Symposium ends