From Ennis, County Clare, Dr. Geraldine Cotter is a tin whistle and piano player, teacher and researcher, currently lecturing in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. Her publications include Rogha- Geraldine Cotter’s Choice (2008), Geraldine Cotter’s Tin Whistle Tutor (Ossian Publications, 1983) and Seinn an Piano (Ossian Publications, 1996), the first tutor for Irish traditional music for piano. She has contributed articles to the The Companion to Irish Traditional Music and Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland. Geraldine has recorded on over 20 albums including her debut solo album Piano+. She teaches and performs regularly at summer schools and events internationally such as the Willie Clancy Summer School, the Catskills Irish Art Week, Rencontre Musicale Irlandais in France and Masters of Tradition Bantry House. She is a member of the Boruma Trio and Shaskeen. She features regularly on television and radio programmes and has contributed to the documentaries Céard an Cheoil, Canúintí, Geantrai and Gradam Cheoil TG4.

Geraldine has created a new book”Transforming Tradition” that is available for purchase now below in both printed and e-book versions!
Transforming Tradition

Transforming Tradition

Irish Traditional Music in Ennis, County Clare 1950-1980
  • Traces the institutional and social teaching, learning and performing of Irish traditional music in Ennis, from 1961-1980
  • Examines the factors that led to the emergence of Ennis as a major destination for Irish traditional music
  • Introduces new perspectives on learning as social participation in community settings.
  • Reveals how formal classroom based learning of a tradition became a gateway for less formal experiential learning within the community
  • Explores the pedagogic strategies employed by teachers and their roles as bridge builders between the community and the classroom
  • Draws from extensive field research and interviews including national and international traditional musicians, broadcasters and local people who are at the heart of the work.
  • Includes exciting insight from sources such as personal papers and diaries, original teaching materials, minutes of meetings, archival research and newspaper articles
  • Perspectives founded on a lifetime of experience from an established traditional musician, researcher and teacher
  • To buy and download the ebook now please click on the purchase button below.
  • E-book costs €20.
  • Printed version costs €35 euro including Postage & Packaging to Ireland & €40 including Postage & Packaging Worldwide.
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