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Following the Ennis Trail

Seamus EnnisA multimedia presentation by postgraduate student Michael Lydon will explore the journey undertaken by folklorists Alan Lomax and Seamus Ennis to record Irish traditional singers and musicians.

On January 13th, 1951, the American folklorist Alan Lomax arrived in Ireland to collect material for an album that would become the first LP of Irish traditional music, ‘The World Library of Folk and Primitive Music: Volume II Ireland’. He recruited established Irish folklorist Séamus Ennis to act as his guide.

The journey they took visiting villages across Ireland, recording singers and musicians, would later be referred to as ‘The Ennis Trail’, a journey that when examined today, offers a fascinating insight into Irish traditional music.

In a presentation at Dublin’s Séamus Ennis Cultural Centre, Michael Lydon will reveal the stops made along this ‘Ennis Trail.’ The presentation will include original audio recordings, such as ‘I'll Go No More A Rovin', ‘Whiskey In The Jar’ and ‘She Moved Through The Fair’ and interviews with Elizabeth Cronin, Margaret Barry, and Séamus Ennis himself. The event will also feature a reading from a long forgotten Folk Opera, written by Ennis and Lomax, ‘The Stone of Tory Island’.

The presentation will take place on 22 June 2013 and is part of the Summer Solstice Session at the Séamus Ennis Cultural Centre.

Michael is a graduate of the National University of Ireland, Galway and will begin his postgraduate studies at the School of Music this September.