Magee hosts trad music conference this weekend

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The University of Ulster, Magee campus, will host the annual conference of the International Council of Traditional Music (Ireland) this weekend, beginning today, February 18 and ending this Sunday, February 20.

This is the first time the event will be held in Northern Ireland.

The occasion will see the presentation of over twenty scholarly papers from all over Ireland, Europe and beyond. Focussed on the theme of ‘listening’ these papers, short films and recordings will explore the social, psychological, political and aesthetic significance of using music in everyday life.

Keynote speaker at the conference will be Thomas Turino, Professor of Musicology and Anthroplology at the University of Illinois, author of Music as Social Life: the Politics of Participation (2008). Also contributing to the event will be Dr Suzel Reily (Queen’s University, Belfast), and Dr Caroline Bithell (University of Manchester and Chair of British forum for Ethnomusicology).

The conference will be based at the School of Creative Arts, Magee campus with registration taking place today at 4pm.

The keynote lecture will be held in the Great Hall, Magee campus at 6.30pm tomorrow, February 19.

As part of the weekends activities two traditional music sessions will be held at Tracy’s Bar, William Street tonight, February 18, at 10.30pm, and at The Tower Hotel, Butcher Street tomorrow night, February 19, at 10.30pm.

For more details and full conference programme see: or contact Dr. Liz Doherty at: