Dr Adrian Scahill

Music

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Lecturer
Director of Undergraduate Studies

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(01) 7084638

Biography

Adrian Scahill is a lecturer in ethnomusicology in the Department of Music, NUI Maynooth. A first-class honours graduate of Maynooth, he studied both piano and organ before completing a Masters in Performance and Musicology (piano) at NUI Maynooth, and a Masters in Music Technology at Queen's University, Belfast. During this time he was also active as a traditional musician (piano and button accordion), performing and touring both in Ireland and abroad. His PhD, on accompaniment in Irish traditional music, was completed at University College Dublin in 2005 under the supervision of Harry White. The thesis considers both printed and recorded forms of Irish traditional music, examining how accompanimental techniques and styles are informed by the wider musical context in which they were produced. As part of the largest research project undertaken on music in Ireland, Adrian was subject editor for traditional music for the Encycopaedia of Music in Ireland (2013), and was also a major contributor to the volume, writing more than forty articles. Other publications include articles on Irish traditional music and the seventeenth century in Irish Musical Studies 10 (2009), and on Riverdance in Music and the Irish Imagination (2013). He has presented papers at conferences and given invited lectures both in Ireland and abroad, and in 2013 was chair of the organising committee for the Tenth Anniversary Plenary Conference of the Society for Musicology in Ireland. Adrian is undergraduate convenor in the Department of Music, and his teaching includes modules on ethnomusicology, popular music, Irish traditional music, and musicology. He established the traditional group in the department, and has helped develop and currently oversees traditional music performance within the undergraduate programmes. He is currently secretary to the Faculty of Arts, Celtic Studies and Philosophy.

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2013 'Riverdance and Irish Traditional Music'
Scahill, Adrian (2013) 'Riverdance and Irish Traditional Music' In: Music and the Irish Imagination: Like a Language That We Could All Understand. [Details]
2010 'The flight of the earls in Irish traditional music'
Scahill, Adrian (2010) 'The flight of the earls in Irish traditional music' In: The Flight of the Earls - Imeacht na nIarlaí. Derry: Guildhall Press. [Details]
2009 'Irish Traditional Music and the Seventeenth Century'
Scahill, Adrian (2009) 'Irish Traditional Music and the Seventeenth Century' In: Music, Ireland, and the Seventeenth Century: Irish Musical Studies 10. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2009 'Riverdance: Representing Irish Traditional Music'
Scahill, Adrian (2009) 'Riverdance: Representing Irish Traditional Music'. NEW HIBERNIA REVIEW, 13 :70-76 [IR Link] [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2009 Annual Conference, British Forum for Ethnomusicology.
(2009) Annual Conference, British Forum for Ethnomusicology. [Oral Presentation], Riverdance: Representing Irish Traditional Music, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool . [Details]
2009 Contester En Chansons: Expressions en Marge.
(2009) Contester En Chansons: Expressions en Marge. [Oral Presentation], Roaring from the Margins: Tradition and Revolution in Musical Commentary on the Celtic Tiger, Université de Poitiers, Poitiers, France . [Details]
2009 Joint Annual Conference of the Society for Musicology in Ireland and the Royal Musical Association.
(2009) Joint Annual Conference of the Society for Musicology in Ireland and the Royal Musical Association. [Oral Presentation], The Reel Thing: Irish Traditional Music in The Boys from County Clare, Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin . [Details]
2008
(2008) [Oral Presentation], Off the Record: American 78 rpm Recordings, Department of Music, NUI Maynooth . [Details]
2008 Réflexions autour de la musique en Irlande: esthétiques et enjeux.
(2008) Réflexions autour de la musique en Irlande: esthétiques et enjeux. [Oral Presentation], Riverdance: Representing Irish Traditional Music, L’Université de Caen, Caen, France . [Details]

Book Review

  Year Publication
2013 c40 entries including accompaniment, Bothy Band, Ceoltóirí Chualann, folk music, ornamentation, piano in traditional music, traditional groups.
Dr Adrian Scahill (2013) c40 entries including accompaniment, Bothy Band, Ceoltóirí Chualann, folk music, ornamentation, piano in traditional music, traditional groups. Book Review [Details]
2010 John Flynn: The Irishness of Irish Music (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2009).
Dr Adrian Scahill (2010) John Flynn: The Irishness of Irish Music (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2009). Book Review [Details]
2010 David Cooper, The musical traditions of Northern Ireland and its diaspora: community and conflict (Ashgate, 2009).
Dr Adrian Scahill (2010) David Cooper, The musical traditions of Northern Ireland and its diaspora: community and conflict (Ashgate, 2009). Book Review [Details]

Thesis

  Year Publication
2005 The Knotted Chord: Harmonic accompaniment in printed and recorded sources of Irish traditional music.
Scahill, A. (2005) The Knotted Chord: Harmonic accompaniment in printed and recorded sources of Irish traditional music. University College Dublin: Thesis [Details]