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Daithi Kearney


Ethnomusicologist, geographer and performer Dr Daithí Kearney is a lecturer in music and tourism, and co-director of the Creative Arts Research Centre at Dundalk Institute of Technology. His research focuses on Irish traditional music, song and dance, and he has toured regularly as a musician, singer and dancer with a number of groups including Siamsa Tíre, The National Folk Theatre of Ireland. A composer, he was commissioned to write a suite for the Oriel Traditional Orchestra with funding from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (2018) and has been musical director of Ceolta Sí. Albums include the critically acclaimed Midleton Rare (2012) with accordion player John Cronin, and A Louth Lilt (2017 with Dr Adèle Commins. A published poet and songwriter, and experienced actor and dancer, he advocates for cross-arts approaches that embrace diversity in creative projects. His research has appeared recently in the International Journal of Traditional Arts, Musicultures, and Confluente, as well as book chapters in Staged Folklore (ed. Motherway and O’Connell, 2022) and Timbres of Identity (ed. Dogus Varli, 2021).

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