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Just how important and influential has been the recording of Irish traditional music in North America? The answer will be illustrated by flute player Marcas Ó Murchú, when he presents a lecture entitled: A Century of Irish Traditional Recordings in the USA – a modern viewpoint. This will take place on October 18th from 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm in the Crescent Arts Centre, 2 University Road Belfast (£5 donation).

Marcas is originally from Belfast but has been living in Derry for many years. He is a master of the rolling Sligo–Leitrim–Roscommon style of flute–playing. He teaches at many of the music schools throughout the country, including Senior flute at the Willie Clancy Summer School.

Marcas has presented many summer music shows on BBC/RTE Raidio na Gaeltachta. His life time dedicated to preserving the traditions of Ireland, his publications and research and wide knowledge were internationally recognised when he was awarded the title Ard Ollamh, Irish Music Laureate, at the Fleadh Cheoil in 2013. His mother, Nóra McDermottroe was born to Roscommon– Sligo emigrants in Belfast in 1925. His father Alf was a respected Gaelic singer and Irish teacher. Marcas is a relative of one of Ireland’s greatest flute players, Josie Mc Dermott.

Marcas will take you on a musical journey through the music of the Fiddle Masters, Coleman, Morrison and Killoran and flute player John Mc Kenna but also the lesser known people who made the era of the 1920s special and unique musically. This talk will be of interest to all, including people who would like a introduction to Irish music or the impact of the USA made recordings had on all 20th century Irish musicians. His knowledge is sure to both enthrall and inform the audience and his special collection of recordings and photographs will be displayed using new technologies. BelfastTrad is delighted to offer what promises to be a fascinating and unique event.

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