2010 – Canadian-Irish Music Communities Québec, CANADA
In 2010, I began preliminary surveys among Irish music communities in rural Quebec with a view to mapping their soundscape and producing a digital archive of their music. This project has now expanded into a digital archive of tangible and intangible Irish heritage in Quebec that includes profiles of historical figures, Irish memory studies in rural Quebec, primary documents, oral history interviews, field recordings of Irish music, song and dance, historical photographs, bibliographies, videographies and discographies, and links to Irish academic, cultural, media and community resources in Quebec, Canada and beyond.
1993 – 2009 Irish Communities in San Francisco California, USA
Ethnographic fieldwork among Irish language and music communities in Northern California, (mainly the San Francisco Bay Area): This resulted in published monographs, commercial CD recordings, Irish language projects and concert performances, as well as cultural exchanges between California, Connemara and the Aran Islands.
1991 – 1993 Highland Scottish Music Communities Cape Breton, CANADA
Ethnographic fieldwork among Highland Scottish and French Acadian communities on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. This research was funded by St. Francis Xavier University and resulted in exhibitions and performances, as well as cultural exchanges between Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Scotland, and Ireland.
1985 – 1991 Franco-Irish Music Communities Paris, FRANCE
Ethnographic fieldwork in Franco-Irish music communities, primarily, Francophone performers who learned Irish music in Île de France and in the Champagne region of eastern France: Some of this research was published in monographs, articles and commercial discs, and led to cultural exchanges between Ireland and France.
1985 – 2005 Clare Music Communities IRELAND / UK/ USA
Ethnographic fieldwork in Clare and among Clare diaspora communities in Britain and the US. I undertook extensive fieldwork among music communities in Clare and among Clare immigrant performers in London, Salisbury and Port Talbot (UK), and Boston, New York, Buffalo, Chicago and San Francisco (USA). This fieldwork (100+ hours of analog and digital field recordings) was used for my doctoral thesis and formed the basis of several multimedia publications.
1981 – 1984 Cultúrlann na hÉireann – CCÉ Dublin, IRELAND
Music Archivist: Cultúrlann na hÉireann, Irish Music Institute, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (Irish Musicians Association), Monkstown, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Responsible for indexing audio tapes, historical photographs and music transcripts, fieldwork editing, and LP cataloguing. This international archive contains holdings from Ireland, as well as from Irish music communities in Britain, North America and Australia.
1978 – 1981 University College Cork Cork, IRELAND
Fieldwork in Historical Geography and archival research in Early Irish Hagiography. Conducted fieldwork and mapping of the mediaeval cult of St. Senán of Inis Cathaigh (an Early Christian monastery located on the Shannon estuary between Clare and Kerry) in conjunction with my MA thesis in Early Irish History. Fieldwork extended throughout the Shannon estuary, through the southwest of Ireland, Wales, Cornwall, and Brittany.