Latest News from the Irish Traditional Music Archive

A Chairde / Dear Friends. Please find enclosed the latest information from the The Irish Traditional Music Archive – Taisce Cheol Dúchais Éireann – The ITMA is a national reference archive and resource centre for the traditional song, instrumental music and dance of Ireland.  It is a public not-for-profit facility which is open, free of charge, to anyone with an interest in the contemporary and historical artforms of Irish traditional music. The Archive promotes public education in Irish traditional music through its own activities and through partnerships with others. Each month we post the latest news from the ITMA which you will find below.

1 May 2014
Here is the latest listing from the Irish Traditional Music Archive of
up-to-date online discography, bibliography and filmography
The listing of publications contains recently published sound recordings, books, theses and articles, and serials. All of the items listed are immediately available for reference, free of charge, to users of the Archive in its premises at 73 Merrion Square, Dublin 2. In addition, notice is given of other acquisitions that have been added to the Archive's collections and will be available when processed.
Publishers are asked to send copies of new publications and publicity materials to ITMA at 73 Merrion Square, Dublin 2 ( for possible listing.
Also attached is an addition to our PW Joyce Irish Music Microsite:
a section entitled ‘Joyce on Dance
As well as making a major contribution to preserving Irish traditional music and song, Patrick Weston Joyce (1827–1914) was the first to make a classification of the traditional dances that were practised in the Munster of his youth and to give a close description of them. Joyce wrote his descriptions for George Petrie in the early 1850s, and Petrie published his words verbatim in his Ancient Music of Ireland of 1855. Joyce’s various observations on dance are presented here in facsimile from the Petrie volume, in Petrie’s manuscript hand (when they survive), and in plain searchable text.
ITMA is very pleased to have been chosen by the International Association of Music Libraries (UK & Ireland) as one of the 2014–15 winners of its prestigious two-year Excellence Award for Music Libraries, recently presented at a ceremony in Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.
And also:
  • Late-Night Opening: ITMA is now open every Thursday night until 8.00 pm.
  • Saturday Opening: Our next Saturday opening will be on Saturday 17 May 2014, 10.00 am to 5.00 pm.
  • Social Media: You can follow ITMA on Twitter @ITMADublin as well as on Facebook.
  • Digitised Materials: The ITMA is continuing with its existing bi-monthly programme of publishing new tranches of digitised materials which are available here.
  • On-Line Catalogue: Entries are available here.
  • Interactive Music Scores are available here.
With best wishes,

The Staff of the Irish Traditional Music Archive / Taisce Cheol Dúchais Éireann

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