research interests: performance practice, creativity, embodiment, arts praxis, philosophy
affiliation: University of Limerick, University College Cork
I am a musician with an interest in the performance practices of Irish traditional music and dance. My current research explores how bodily movement can be used to organise rhythm, using a bodhrán and stick.
This is the web-based written component of an arts practice research project carried out from May to August of 2022 as part of the MA Irish Music Studies programme at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance (IWAMD) at the University of Limerick. The project set out to explore the broad topic of creativity within Irish traditional music through the embodied means of my own bodhrán playing. In particular, I set out to see to what extent the creative process of switching between ways of gripping the bodhrán stick (“grip switching”) could be embodied effectively in my bodhrán playing. As well as this written component, which contains multimedia elements such as video and music notation, this project is also presented as a thirty minute performance of traditional Irish music where I accompany an accordion player to demonstrate and explain some of the findings of my research.