Boston College Gaelic Roots Music, Song, Dance, Workshop, and Lecture Series recordings
- 2003 - 2017
Scope and Contents
Consists of audio and video recordings of events hosted by the Boston College Gaelic Roots Music, Song, Dance, Workshop, and Lecture Series (2003- ). Events include concerts, dances, lectures, multimedia presentations featuring local, national, and international traditional Irish musicians, as well as Boston College students and student organizations.
Restrictions on access
Collection is open for research.
Recordings have been digitally copied; all original media was retained, but may not be played due to format. Use copies can only be accessed in the Burns Library Reading Room.
Restrictions on use
These materials are made available for use in research, teaching and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. The original authors may retain copyright to the materials.
Historical note: Gaelic Roots Music, Song, Dance, Workshop, and Lecture Series
Founded in 2003, the Gaelic Roots Music, Song, Dance, Workshop, and Lecture Series at Boston College has brought together accomplished performers and experts in Irish, Scottish, American, and related folk music traditions. The Series, which is sponsored by the Boston College Center for Irish Programs, takes its name from the Boston College Gaelic Roots Festival (1993-2003). Séamus Connolly is the creator and organizer of both the summer Gaelic Roots Festival and the academic-year Gaelic Roots Series. For many years Elizabeth Sweeney, Irish Music Librarian, served a co-organizer. Since 2016, Sheila Falls Keohane, faculty with the Music Department, has served as Director for the Series.
Biographical note: Séamus Connolly
Séamus Connolly, traditional Irish musician, performer and teacher. Born in 1944 into a musical family in Killaloe, County Clare, Ireland, Connolly began playing the fiddle at age 12 and went on to win many awards at All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann fiddle competitions. As a young musician he traveled throughout Ireland, meeting and playing music with many of the legends of Irish music, and performing regularly on Irish radio and television.
In 1976 he immigrated to America and settled in the Boston area. He has given performances and workshops around the world, and created the Gaelic Roots Festival (1993-2003) at Boston College, where he was appointed Sullivan Family Artist-in-Residence in 2004. In 2003, Connolly founded the Gaelic Roots Music, Song, Dance, Workshop, and Lecture Series at Boston College and served as its director until his retirement in 2015.
1.75 Linear Feet (4 containers)
58.4 hours (audio)
87 hours (moving images)
.83 Linear Feet (text)
Language of Materials
Recordings of events organized by the Gaelic Roots Music, Song, Dance, Workshop, and Lecture Series at Boston College, founded in 2003 by Séamus Connolly. The Series brings together accomplished performers and experts in Irish, Scottish, American, and related folk music traditions to share their experience, knowledge, and talent with the Boston College community and beyond.
Program notes for all years are followed by recordings in chronological order by event.
Boston College records transferred from Gaelic Roots Music Song, Dance, Workshop, and Lecture Series staff in multiple accessions. In many cases, Boston College Libraries staff made the recordings.
Existence and Location of Copies
Some recordings and clips may be available on Burns Library Irish Music Archives YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/BurnsLibraryIMC/featured
These materials have been minimally described based on a legacy inventory. The inventory reflects only extant access copies for recordings created 2003-2017. Recordings beyond 2017 are not available for research at Burns Library at this time.
Content was migrated from original media prior to Burns Library's ability to provide research access to digital files; access to audio and video is on CD and DVD (Boxes 1-2).
- Boston College. Gaelic Roots Music, Song, Dance, Workshop, and Lecture Series (Organization)
- Boston College. Center for Irish Programs (Sponsor, Organization)
- Connolly, Séamus (Director, Person)
- Boston College Gaelic Roots Music, Song, Dance, Workshop, and Lecture Series Recordings
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