Oddelek za anglistiko in amerikanistiko

Gostujoče predavanje o irski ljudski glasbi

V ponedeljek, 15. 5. 2023 (19.00, predavalnica 102), bo na Oddelku za anglistiko in amerikanistiko v okviru projekta Irish Studies Guest Lecture Series 2023 predaval prof. P.J. Mathews z University College Dublin. Gostujoče predavanje z naslovom “Preporod irske ljudske glasbe med 1951 in 2021” se bo poleg povezave med irsko ljudsko glasbo in irskim narodnim gledališčem posebej osredotočilo na nosilce zvoka (npr. vinilne plošče in avdiokasete) in njihovo vlogo v procesu preporoda in popularizacije irske ljudske glasbe.

Predavanje bo potekalo v angleškem jeziku.  

Vljudno vabljeni!  

 A. Šporčič

Gostujoča predavanja s področja irskih študij potekajo v sodelovanju s Filozofsko fakulteto na Reki ter ob finančni podpori veleposlaništev Irske v Sloveniji in na Hrvaškem.   



Fifty years after the founding of Ireland's national theatre (The Abbey Theatre) in 1904, an extraordinary revival of Irish folk music took place. From the 1950s to the present day, it has produced a wealth of gifted artists of national and international significance, and a grassroots movement of vigour that utterly transformed the scale of participation in Irish folk music, at home and beyond.

This movement has its roots in an earlier cultural revival of the nineteenth century associated with the rise of interest in Gaelic games and the Irish language. Many of the leading figures in the music revival had connections with the theatre. However, the rise of Irish folk music also coincided with, and was informed by, a revolution in popular music that was taking place across the Western World in the years after World War II. This revolution was made possible by the capabilities and availability of audio technology, most notably the vinyl LP and its later derivative, the audio cassette-tape.  Important too, were the musical influences of Eastern Europe which have left a deep imprint on the rhythms and sounds of contemporary Irish folk music.  

Ireland is an interesting case study in terms of the decline and revival of Irish folk music. The folk music revival begun in the 1950s was a movement of considerable innovation which brought new mass audiences to older musical forms. This period saw the emergence of new ways of playing Irish music, and new forms of disseminating it. The impact of this revival has been deep and long lasting. More people now play Irish folk music than at any other time in history; this music is widely appreciated by large audiences for live music concerts and festivals (Ireland Fleadh 500k, 2019); and folk musicians are among the most popular recording artists in Ireland today.


P.J. Mathews is a founding member of the Creative Futures Academy and Director of the CFA at University College Dublin, where he is Professor of Irish Literature and Culture. He has written widely on Irish literature, theatre, music and cultural history. He is co-editor (with Declan Kiberd) of Handbook of the Irish Revival, published by the Abbey Theatre Press and nominated for an Irish Book of the Year award in 2015; editor of The Cambridge Companion to J. M. Synge (2009); and author of Revival, published by Field Day in 2003.

He has worked on a number of television projects as Executive Producer (The Flourishing, RTÉ / Tyrone Productions, 2021); as script writer and Literary Advisor  (Voices of Ireland, Sky Arts / Red Shoe Productions, 2021); as Cultural Advisor (Centenary, RTÉ / Stillwater Communications, 2016). Dr Mathews is a member of the governing board of RTÉ, and the Founder and Director of Academic Podcasting for UCDscholarcast. He has previously served as a Visiting Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame. He was Academic Director of the W.B. Yeats Winter School in Sligo (2017-20) and the Parnell Summer School in Avondale (2002-05). 



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