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Dr Geraldine Cotter

Dr Geraldine Cotter

ALCM, HDip, BMus, MA & PhD
Lecturer

Research interests

Teaching and learning of Irish traditional music; primary teachers as bridge builders between schools and community; music and community formation; building repertoire and resources for use in primary school and other settings; learning in social contexts and performance practice as research.

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Publications

(2016) ‘Transforming Tradition: Irish traditional music in Ennis, County Clare 1950-1980.’

(2013) PhD Thesis, ‘Institutional and Social Teaching, Learning and Performing of Irish  Traditional Music in Ennis, County Clare 1961-1980’, (University of Limerick) 

(2013) ‘Dal gCais’, ‘Mary Bergin’, ‘Tommy Hayes’, ‘PJ Curtis’ and ‘Macalla’ in White, H and Boydell, B. eds Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland UCD Press. 

(2011 and 1999) ‘Piano’ in Vallely, F. ed. The Companion to Irish Traditional Music, edited Fintan Vallely, Cork University Press. 

(2011) ‘A process of change in the teaching and learning of traditional music performance in Ennis, Co. Clare 1961-1980’ in O’Flynn, J. ed. Proceedings of the Sixth International Symposium on the Sociology of Music Education, Dublin: St. Patrick’s College.  

(2005) ‘Piano Practice’, unpublished M.A. thesis, University of Limerick. 

 

Other Publications

(2006) ‘Rogha- Geraldine Cotter’s Choice’ 

(2000) ‘Irish Session Tunes: The Green Book’, Cork: Ossian Publications.  

(1996) ‘Seinn an Piano’ Cork: Ossian Publications.  

(1983) ‘Geraldine Cotter’s Tin Whistle Tutor’ Cork: Ossian Publications. 

 

Selected Discography

In excess of 30 albums including the following: 

(2002) Piano + debut solo album. 

(2015) Gléas with the Boruma Trio of whom I am a member. 

(2012) The Knotted Chord with Eamonn Cotter (Irish traditional flute). 

(2016) The Ladies Cup of Tea with Mary McNamara (concertina) and Sorcha Costello (fiddle). 

(2009) The Daisy Field, with Claire Keville (concertina). 

(2008) Walking Up Town with Shaskeen, of whom I am a member. 

(2004) The Thing Itself, with Peadar O’Loughlin, (fiddle and flute), Maeve Donnelly (fiddle). 

(2004) The Independence Suite: Traditional Music from Ireland Scotland and Cape Breton. Compilation Recording. 

(2002) Maeve Donnelly (fiddle) 

 

Conference Presentations

(2019) Canadian Association for Irish Studies Annual Conference, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. ‘Theatres of Teaching and Learning: teachers as bridge builders between school and community.’ 

(2018) Canadian Association for Irish Studies Annual Conference, Université Laval, Quebec City, Canada. ‘Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine’: transmission and transformation of Irish traditional music. 

(2014) International Conference for Traditional Music Conference, NUI Galway. ‘Mol an Óige  agus Tiocfaidh sí’: Teaching, Learning and Performing of Traditional Music: Ennis, Co.  Clare. Ireland 1970-1980 

(2010) British Forum for Ethnomusicology Conference, University of Oxford. ‘Processes of the Transmission of Musical Knowledge within the Living Tradition: Ennis, Co. Clare. Ireland 1970-1980’.

(2009) International Symposium on the Sociology of Music Education Conference, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. ‘A process of change in the teaching and learning of traditional music performance in Ennis, Co. Clare 1961-1980’ 

(2008) British Forum for Ethnomusicology Conference, John Moore University, Liverpool. ‘Continuity and Change in the Teaching and Learning of Traditional Music Performance in Ennis, County Clare 1961-1990’. 

(2008) International Conference for Traditional Music Conference, UCD School of Music.‘Continuity and Change in the Teaching and Learning of Traditional Music Performance in Ennis, County Clare 1961-1990’. 

 

Invited Presentations & Performances

(2016) Presented the Breandán Breathnach Memorial Lecture at the opening of Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy ‘A hub of the tradition: Irish traditional music in Ennis 1950-1980.’ 

(2015-2016) Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy:  Facilitator at the DES Summer School approved course for EPV days.

(2015) Joyce Brothers Weekend: Artist in Residence in Primary Schools in County Limerick. 

(2014) Facilitator at the Early Years Music Education Seminar ‘Beginning the National Conversation’ presented by the Department of Education and Skills and Music Generation.

(2013) Tonder Irish Music Weekend, Denmark. ‘Mol an Óige agus Tiocfaidh sí’: Teaching, Learning and Performing of Traditional Music: Ennis, Co. Clare. Ireland 1970-1980 

(2012) The Tower Seminar Series, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick.  ‘An Ongoing Learning Process: my experience of becoming a traditional musician in Ennis, Co. Clare.’ 

(2012) Traditional Music Consultant to Clare County Library in the initiation of the Music of Clare Project.  

(2010) ‘From the Sources’ Lewis Glucksman Gallery, UCC; an audio visual installation commemorating the birth of Aloys Fleischmann, created by composer and UCC lecturer, Mel Mercier. The installation featured filmed performances by almost 100 traditional musicians (all UCC graduates, tutors and students) of the first 986 dance tunes and airs contained in  Fleischmann’s 'Sources of Irish Traditional Music 1600— 1855'. As a graduate and former  teacher in the Music Department, UCC, I was assigned  11 pieces from the collection to interpret and record.  

(2000-2004) Facilitator (with music therapist Tommy Hayes) at ‘Music in Healthcare Project’ designed by Music Network and the Midland Health Board, to give older people  access to high quality live music experience. 

(2000) Post Primary Music Teachers Association Conference, Kilkenny: Presentation to post  primary music teachers on the teaching of Irish traditional music at second level. 

 

Other Selected Performances and Teaching

(2016) As a member of the Performing Landscapes Collective: Performed at the launch and premier of Iarsma: Fragments from an Archive, the Tim Robinson Artists in the Archive project, at NUI Galway. 

(2016) Collaborated with the Irish Concertina Ensemble (ICE) in the performance of a newly commissioned piece ‘An Pocaire Gaoithe,’composed by Dr Tim Collins (NUIG), at Consairtin (The National Concertina Convention) Ennis, County Clare. 

(1990- ongoing) Teacher at Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy, the longest running international summer school for the transmission of Irish traditional music, Miltown Malbay, County Clare 

(2006- 2018) Joseph Browne Spring School, Kinvara, County Galway 

(2013) Minnesota Irish Music Weekend, Center for Irish Music, St. Paul, Minnesota. 

(2011 and 2012) Return to Camden Town Festival, London. 

(2011) ‘Midsummer Night Swing’ at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York. 

(2010, 2011 and 2012) Masters of Tradition Festival, Bantry House, County Cork. 

(2011) Catskills Irish Arts Week, East Durham, New York. 

(1999-2011) Blas, an internationally accredited annual summer school at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick.  

(2006- 2009) Rencontre Musicale Irlandaise de Tocane, France.

(2001) Gaelic Roots Summer School, Boston College. 

(2002-2007) Rhine Valley Irish Association Feis Ceol, Mollkirch, Alsace, France.   

 

Contributions to TV Documentaries (Tg4)

(2013) Shaskeen: 40 Bliain Faoi Bhláth, ForeFront Productions. 

(2011) Stair na mBannaí Céilí, Sonas Productions 

(2007) An Pianó: Ceird an Cheoil, Sonas Productions. 

(2007) Bosca ceoil: Accordion Ceird an Cheoil, Sonas Productions.  

(2007) Canúintí Ceoil: An Chláir.  Sibéal Teo.  

(2005) An Banjo: Ceird an Cheoil, Stirling Film and Television Productions  

(2001) Traditional Music in Ennis, Moon TV. 

 

Awards

(2019) Arts Council of Ireland Deis recording award. 

(2017) Mórglór award for Outstanding Contribution to Traditional Music in County Clare.  

(2006) Arts Council of Ireland Deis Publishing Award  

(2002) Best Cut of the Year for debut CD Piano+, Bill Margeson, Chicago Irish American News. 

(2002) Female Musician of the Year, Bill Margeson, Chicago Irish American News. 

(1975) Awarded the first Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Scholarship to a traditional musician studying music in University College Cork.