Belmont Abbey College is pleased to announce a lecture by
Professor Dáibhí Ó Cróinín
of the National University of Ireland, Galway.
“Bringing It All Back Home: Jean Ritchie’s Music-Collecting Tour in Ireland, 1952-53”
Jean Ritchie, singer, folklorist and dulcimer-player, born in Viper, Kentucky, was the youngest of a family of 14 children known as “The Singing Family of the Cumberlands.” Her recording career lasted over half a century and such was her influence on American folk music that she has been called “The Mother of Folk.” In 1952, armed with a Fulbright Scholarship, she and her new husband, George Pickow, undertook a journey to Ireland & Britain, to research the origins of her family’s rich store of music and song. This talk will describe some of the highlights of that trip to Ireland.
Dáibhí Ó Cróinín is Professor of History at the National University of Ireland in Galway. In light of his numerous outstanding contributions to his field, Professor Ó Cróinín is recognized as one of the leading authorities on the history and culture of early medieval Ireland. Professor Ó Cróinín also has a deep interest in Irish traditional music and song. His grandmother, Elizabeth (Bess) Cronin, was known as “The Queen of Irish Song,” and was one of those interviewed and recorded by Jean Ritchie on her visit to Ireland. In 2000, Professor Ó Cróinín edited and published The Songs of Elizabeth Cronin, Irish Traditional Singer, which was based in large part on photographs and recordings made by Ritchie and her husband.
Wednesday, April 30th
Grace Auditorium at Belmont Abbey College
The event is free and all are welcome.
For more information, and to register, contact Dr Patrick Wadden (firstname.lastname@example.org)