Denis McDaid and Jimmy Houten singing.

Tower Seminar Series – Oral Traditions in the Archives: Archival Research into Traditional Song

Archives of oral culture present unique challenges for archivists and researchers alike. This seminar has the format of a round table discussion on different aspects of traditional song in the archives. Steve Roud is renowned as the creator of the Roud Index, and has spent much of his career working with traditional song archives. Martin Greabe is the author of several books on traditional songs, including As I Walked Out: Sabine Baring-Gould and the Search for the Folk Songs of Devon and Cornwall. Grace Toland is a singer and organiser with the Inishowen Traditional Singers’ Circle, and also works at the Irish Traditional Music Archive. The role of song and performance archives to fuel contemporary tradition, weaves continuously throughout projects and events she organises. The discussion will be jointly chaired by Kara O’Brien, Irish World Academy PhD researcher in traditional song, as well as Academy Director, Dr Sandra Joyce.

  • Speaker 1: Martin Greabe
  • Speaker 2: Steve Roud
  • Speaker 3: Grace Toland
  • Host 1: Kara O’Brien
  • Host 2: Dr Sandra Joyce

The event is finished.

Welcome to the Inishowen Traditional Singers’ Circle. We are a voluntary organisation formed to encourage, foster and perpetuate the folk song & ballad tradition of the Inishowen Peninsula. We are based in Clonmany, Donegal.

Upcoming Events


September Singing Session

McFeeley's Bar, Clonmany, Co. Donegal
Friday 10 March 2017, 9:30 pm


28th Inishowen International Folk Song & Ballad Seminar 2017

Ballyliffin / Clonmany
Friday 24 March 2017- Monday 27 March 2017


ITSC Contact

Kevin McGonigle (Chair)

+353 (86) 835 3513

Grace Toland

+353 (87) 290 3799

Brian Doyle

+353 (87) 276 1247

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