Latest selection of Digitised Materials from the Irish Traditional Music Archive

Chairde / Dear Friends,

Below are the links to our latest selection of Digitised Materials.

Audio Playlist: Singers and Ceili Bands from 1950s EPs

Printed Collections: Irish Song and Music in 18th-Century Dublin, Bibliography,

Discography: Publications of the FMSI, 1984–1987

Video Playlist: Piping, Poetry, Singing and Port-a-Beul in Armagh, 2004

Image Gallery: ‘A Poverty of Pipers’

For earlier selections, follow these links for Audio Playlists, Printed Collections, Image Galleries, and Video Playlists.
N.B. ITMA videos can also be accessed directly on the ITMA YouTube channel.



Tobar an Dualchais: At 8.00 pm Thursday 11 October 2012 in the Helen Roe Theatre, Royal Society of Antiquaries, 63 Merrion Square, Dublin 2, as part of its ITMA 25 events, the Archive will be hosting a public lecture on an important online project which is drawing together over 12,000 hours of digitised traditional songs, instrumental music, tales, etc., from a network of Scottish archives, including the School of Scottish Studies in Edinburgh: TOBAR AN DUALCHAIS: KIST O RICHES. The speaker will be traditional Scots singer Chris Wright and admission is free.

Thursday Late Opening: As an ITMA 25 initiative, the Archive is extending its public access hours. It will now be open for an extra three hours each Thursday, from 5.00 pm to 8.00 pm, beginning next Thursday 4 October 2012. No appointment is necessary.

Next Saturday Opening: The next regular monthly Saturday opening will be on 20 October 2012, from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm.

Siar an Bóthar: A new 11th series of the Irish-language archival television programme SIAR AN BÓTHAR, presented by ITMA director Nicholas Carolan, has begun transmission on TG4 on Tuesday evenings at 8.00 pm, and is also available on the TG4 Player here. He is also currently presenting a new 15th series of the archival television programme COME WEST ALONG THE ROAD on RTÉ 1 at 7.30 pm on Friday evenings, and this is also available on the RTÉ Player here.

Drivetime: The popular RTÉ radio series DRIVETIME carried an item on ITMA on its programme of Thursday 27 September which can be heard here, courtesy of Brian Lally, RTÉ. The piece was part of the publicity for ‘September on the Square’, a series of events organised by the Merrion Square Innovation Network and Fáilte Ireland. ITMA, celebrating its 25th anniversary, is participating in the celebrations for the 250th anniversary of Merrion Square. Its contribution was a lunchtime concert by fiddle players Paddy Glackin and Dermot McLaughlin on 18 September and a public lecture on ITMA 25 and the ITMA premises at 73 Merrion Square by Nicholas Carolan, with music by fiddle player Liam O’Connor and songs by Pádraig Ó Cearbhaill.

Joyce Tunes: ITMA’s latest set of interactive music scores, 120 traditional tunes from the first two music collections of Patrick Weston Joyce, 1873 and 1888/1901, are available here.

And remember:

  • You can follow ITMA on Twitter @ITMADublin as well as on Facebook.
  • Our information service Recent Publications & Acquisitions in Irish Traditional Music is available here.
  • Our On-Line Catalogue entries are being added to constantly and are available here.
  • Our latest PDF download ‘Courtney’s “Union Pipes” and the Terminology of the Irish Bellows-Blown Bagpipes’ is available here.


PS: The best day-to-day documentation of ITMA is on our Facebook page. If you have not signed up to Facebook, you can still access our page by googling ‘facebook irish traditional music archive’ at any time.

With best wishes,

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

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