Dr. Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin, PhD

AUTHOR: Flowing Tides– History and Memory in an Irish Soundscape  (Oxford University Press, 2016)

Professor O hAllmhurain with concertinaProfessor Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin is a leading authority in Irish traditional music, history, memory and diaspora research.  Native to County Clare in the West of Ireland, Ó hAllmhuráin is a prolific writer, speaker and performer.

Since 2009, Ó hAllmhuráin has held  The Johnson Chair in Québec and Canadian Irish Studies in The School of Irish Studies at Concordia University in Montréal, Québec.

A 5-time All Ireland Champion uilleann piper and concertina player, he has presented over 1,000 concerts on 4 continents during the past 30 years.  He is currently producer of The Clare Tracin’ Ensemble and  a former member of Ireland’s legendary Kilfenora Céilí Band.

Flowing Tides– History and Memory in an Irish Soundscape takes the reader on a fascinating journey across 200 years of music in County Clare. Explore the historical events–from the Napoleon Wars to the modern Celtic Tiger era, the ‘cultural currents’, and musical characters that shaped the beloved traditional music of County Clare.

County Clare is famously home to many of the world’s most beloved Irish musicians, including Martin HayesSharon ShannonMaura O’Connell, the Tulla and Kilfenora Céilí bands. Clare is also the host of the 2016 and 2017 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann festivals.

What the critics say:

“With deft strokes, Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin connects the small place to the big picture, creating an intimate and intricately detailed history of the renowned musical tradition of County Clare. Flowing Tides will become a monument of Irish ethnomusicology.”
–Henry Glassie, author, Irish Folktales and The Stars of Ballymenone

Flowing Tides is the finest book to appear on the music of Clare, the county widely regarded as the centre of gravity of Irish Traditional Music.”
–Kevin Whelan, director, The Keough Naughton Notre Dame Centre, Dublin

“You should most definitely have this book in your library!  Everything you’d want is in it! Flowing Tides is truly is one of the best books available, filled with true and accurate extracts of our musical heritage.”
–Séamus Connolly, Boston College Gaelic Roots series and the  Séamus Connolly Collection of Irish Music

Flowing Tides represents a decisive contribution to the discourse of ethnomusicology in general, and to the understanding of Irish music as a meta-narrative of social, cultural, and artistic meaning in particular. This author is one of the great authorities on Irish music and its migration to Canada and the United States.”
Harry White, MRIA, Professor of Music, University College Dublin and editor, The Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland


Dr. Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin, PhD

University College Cork ~ Trinity College Dublin ~ Université du Sud-Toulon-Var ~ International University of America, San Francisco ~ Queen’s University, Belfast