TITLE: The Yank with the Box: Sidney Robertson Cowell Collects Music in 1950s Ireland
SPEAKER: Deirdre Ni Chonghaile
EVENT DATE: 09/20/2012
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 63 minutes
TRANSCRIPT: View Transcript (link will open in a new window)
The American folk music collector Sidney Robertson Cowell (1903-1995) has been marginalized in the histories of the many places where she worked during her twenty-year career, including North America, Europe, India, Asia, and the Middle East. The talk focuses specifically on her work in Ireland on the music of Conamara and the Aran Islands in 1955 and 1956, work that is largely unknown to music historians, ethnomusicologists, and folklorists. It presents for the first time to an American audience new research on Cowell's international work, research that has yielded fascinating insights into her oeuvre.