"Given the significant impact of these societies on their respective communities, there are grounds for regarding them not only as a vital strand of local music history but also as an essential conduit of active musical experience."
David Mooney, “Association of Irish Musical Societies (AIMS)” in The Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland (UCD Press, 2013, 39)
My current research interests centre around the sociocultural role of amateur musical societies, a cultural entity generally absent from Irish musicology and theatre studies.
Upcoming Conference Papers
Guns and Gondoliers: the formative years of Cork Operatic Society
SMI 18th Plenary Conference, University College Dublin, 25 - 27 June 2020
Past Conference Papers
Amateurs, the 'Revival' and the Birth of the Modern Irish Musical Society
ICTM-IE / SMI Annual Postgraduate Conference, University of Limerick, 17 – 18 January 2020