Píobaire, An, Volume 9, Issue 5, Page 10
Na Píobairí Uilleann
TUNES OF THE MUNSTER PIPERS
Irish Traditional Music from the James
Goodman Manuscripts, Volume 2
Edited Hugh & Lisa Shields
HIS IMPORTANT NEW BOOK PUBLICATION
from the Irish Traditional Music Archive
/ Taisce Cheol Dúchais Éireann was
launched on 20 November 2013, in the Trinity
Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin, at a
recital-lecture on Canon James Goodman and
his music manuscripts by uilleann piper Peter
Browne and ITMA director Nicholas Carolan.
Lisa Shields, editor of the volume, also spoke.
The publication completes a two-volume edi-
tion of the manuscript collection of Irish
music compiled by Canon James
Goodman in the 1860s and preserved
in the Library of Trinity College.
The volume contains 536 song airs,
dance tunes and other forms, along
with extensive documentation and
indexes. These melodies provide a
unique insight into the musical tra-
ditions of the Irish-speaking south-
ern regions of pre-Famine Ireland.
The first volume of the edition, ed-
ited by Hugh Shields in 1998, con-
tained 515 tunes obtained by
Goodman from ‘Munster pipers
&c.’. This second volume includes
all other Goodman melodies from
oral sources, along with unpublished
melodies from manuscripts to which
he had access; it omits those copied
from printed sources. It is accompa-
nied by a substantial online index of
research information on the whole
Dr Hugh Shields (1929–2008), a na-
tive of Belfast, was Senior Lecturer in
French in Trinity College Dublin and a Fellow
of the college. He collected, studied and pub-
lished traditional song and music from the
1950s. Lisa Shields, a player of concertina and
uilleann pipes, is a graduate in modern lan-
guages from TCD. She is former Librarian of
the Irish Meteorological Service.
Published in hardback (€35) and paperback
(€25), A4 format, xxx+282 pp. Post and pack-
ing extra (see website www.itma.ie).
Available exclusively from the Irish Tradi-
tional Music Archive, 73 Merrion Square,
Dublin 2, tel. +353-(0)1-661 9699; fax +353-
(0)1-662 4585; email queries firstname.lastname@example.org;
website purchase www.itma.ie; payment by
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