Lomax in Éirinn

The story behind Alan Lomax’s mission to save Irish traditional music. Iarla O’Lionaird joins in conversation.


$15 general / $12 members

Fri, Apr 5, 2019



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Irish Arts Center 
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Presented in association with Irish Film Institute 

Directed by Declan McGrath
Narrated by Pól Brennan (Clannad)
2018, Documentary, 52 minutes

In English and Irish with subtitles

“The last notes of the old, high and beautiful Irish civilization are dying away. A civilization which produced an epic, lyrical and musical literature as noble as any in the world.”
—Alan Lomax

In 1951, the legendary musicologist Alan Lomax came to Ireland as the first stop on a mission to preserve the traditional music of the world. His travels up and down the west coast recording the songs of its people produced Ireland, the seminal album that helped ignite the trad revival of the 1970s and whose influence carries to this day.

Through breathtaking archival footage and interviews with contemporary artists, and featuring exclusive performances by Steve Earle, Clannad, Nell Ní Chróinín and Slow Moving Clouds, Lomax in Éirinn uncovers the story of how an American song-collector made an indelible mark on Irish cultural history and forever changed the way Ireland was perceived across the globe.

A conversation with Iarla Ó Lionáird, ethnomusicologist, visiting lecturer in music at Princeton, sean-nós singer and member of the Gloaming, and Pegi Vail, co-director of NYU’s Center for Media, Culture, and History, will follow the screening.




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