Renowned musician to trace American music to Ireland

The renowned musicologist and performer Mick Moloney will deliver an audio-visual lecture at NUI Galway this evening.

Entitled “The Evolution of Old Time American, Country, and Blue Grass Music”, the event takes place in the Kirwan Theatre at NUI Galway at 6pm.

Using recordings of historic music and song, Mick Moloney will reconstruct the background of American music traditions, tracing their Irish sources. The event is co-sponsored by the Moore Institute at NUI Galway and the University’s Arts in Action series.

Moloney’s exceptional career has combined the roles of professional musician, musicologist, record producer, teacher and arts presenter.

He holds a PhD in folklore and is author of Far From the Shamrock Shore: The Story of Irish American History Through Song and he has featured in documentaries Bringing It All Back Home and Out of Ireland. He was awarded the National Heritage Award from the National Endowment for the Arts, the highest official honour a traditional artist can receive in the United States.

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