On view through May 23, the Burns Library exhibit, “The Musical Roots of Séamus Connolly, Sullivan Artist-in-Residence,” highlights influences and milestones in the music career of Sullivan Artist-in-Residence Séamus Connolly. A world-renowned Irish traditional musician, performer and teacher from Killaloe, Ireland, Connolly won ten All-Ireland solo fiddle championships before immigrating to the United States in 1976.
Connolly’s career at Boston College began in 1990, when he worked with Dr. Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin to coordinate the Boston College Irish Fiddle Festival. Joining the Boston College faculty shortly thereafter, Connolly developed the Irish Music, Song, and Dance Program within the Irish Studies Program of Boston College. In his current role as Sullivan Artist-in-Residence in the Center for Irish Programs, Connolly teaches fiddle; directs Irish music and dance instruction on campus; and curates the Gaelic Roots Music, Song, Dance, Concert and Lecture Series.
The “Musical Roots” exhibit draws primarily from the Séamus Connolly Papers at the Burns Library, with additional items from the library’s Irish collections. Selections include a certificate from Connolly’s first fiddle award in 1957; an annotated program from the 1967 Fiddler of Dooney competition; and a 1903 edition of Francis O’Neill’s Music of Ireland. The exhibit also features the CCÉ Morrissey Cup (Corn Ní Muireasa) from the private collection of Séamus Connolly.
The Gaelic Roots Music, Song, Dance, Workshop, and Lecture Series will celebrate the “Musical Roots” exhibit on April 17, 2013 with an “Irish Dance and Céilí” in Gasson Hall. During the céilí, a digital slide show will be on view in the Gasson Hall Rotunda.
The “Musical Roots” exhibit is curated by Elizabeth Sweeney, Kathleen Williams, and John Kearney. For more information – whether about the exhibit, the Séamus Connolly Papers, or the Gaelic Roots series – we invite you to contact the Burns Library Irish Music Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-552-3956.
- Elizabeth Sweeney, Irish Music Librarian, John J. Burns Library, Boston College