The Arts Council, in association with The College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences (UCC) and the School of Music and Theatre (UCC), announce the appointment of the internationally renowned musician and teacher, Jack Talty, as the Traditional Artist in Residence at University College Cork 2018-19. Talty will deliver a series of concerts, workshops, and classes over the course of his 1-year residency, beginning in October.
Jack Talty is an internationally renowned traditional concertina and piano player from Lissycasey, in west county Clare. Jack is a BA and BMus graduate of University College Cork, where he was awarded the Seán Ó Riada Memorial Prize, the Mary V. Hart Memorial Award and a UCC Societies Guild Bene Merente Award. An experienced performer, Jack has toured extensively throughout Ireland, Europe, the USA, Australia, and Asia, and he has contributed to over 70 commercially-released albums as a performer, producer, composer, arranger, and audio engineer. Jack is the artistic director of the Irish traditional music label, Raelach Records, which he founded in 2011. He also co-founded and is co-director of the award-winning Ensemble Ériu. Jack performs regularly as a soloist, as a duet with fellow concertina player, Cormac Begley, and since 2013, he has performed as the principal concertina player and section leader with Dave Flynn’s Irish Memory Orchestra. His PhD research, completed at the Irish World Academy at the University of Limerick, and supported by the Irish Research Council’s Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Award, explores the institutionalisation of Irish traditional music pedagogy in Irish higher education. Elements of this research have been published by Oxford University Press in a 2017 volume entitled College Music Curricula for a New Century, edited by Robin D. Moore
Talty will be hosted by The School of Music and Theatre at UCC where the study of Irish traditional music and dance has been pioneered for many decades. It is a vital part of music studies at the university, where it stands shoulder to shoulder with classical music, popular music, jazz and various world musics, including the highly acclaimed Javanese gamelan ensemble. He will be warmly welcomed by a team of internationally recognized traditional artists including Máire Ní Chéilleachair, Bobby Gardiner, Connie O’Connell, Colm Murphy, Conal Ó Gráda, Niall Vallely, Oisín Morrison, Rebecca Saich, Mary Mitchell-Ingoldsby and Tríona Ní Shíocháin.