A leading authority on Irish culture and heritage, Dr Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin is a 5th generation Irish traditional musician, scholar and former member of the legendary Kilfenora Céilí Band. Over the past 30 years, he has presented more than 1,000 concerts, lectures and workshops on four continents. Since 2009, he has held the bilingual Johnson Chair in Québec and Canadian Irish Studies at Concordia University (Montréal). He is also the former Jefferson Smurfit Chair of Irish Studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (2000-2009).
In addition to his university rigour, Ó hAllmhuráin presents numerous public lectures and history and heritage tour expertise. (See CelticCrossings.com for more detail)
In the simpler days of childhood, master musicians would call to the Ó hAllmhuráin family home in the West of Ireland, to share tunes and stories over bottomless cups of tea and his mother's famous brown bread. They were eye-witnesses to extraordinary political, religious and cultural changes throughout the country.
This long awaited book, 'Flowing Tides: History and Memory in an Irish Soundscape' brings their stories to life and with Gearóid's signature style weaves them into the broader historical narratives of Irish life.
A man of many hats, Professor Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin is a five-time world champion Irish musician, ethnomusicologist and historian. With numerous recordings and publications to his credit, he specializes in the Irish diaspora to Canada and the United States. His 'Pocket History of Irish Traditional Music' (O'Brien Press, Dublin, 1998) has sold over 15,000 copies and continues to provide music enthusiasts with a compact overview of Irish music history. The updated version entitled 'A Short History of Irish Traditional Music (O'Brien Press, Dublin, 2017) places a particular emphasis on the role of women in the tradition. It features extensive index and discography resources.
Visit him at www.DrGearoid.com
* Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin is pronounced 'Ga-RODE O-HAL-ver awn
* Author's name is frequently misspelled (including as: "Gearaoid Ao Hallmhuraain" )