Scholar/performer to speak on, perform Irish music in America

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Mick Moloney, professor of Irish studies at New York University, will give the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicisms 2004 Hibernian Lecture at 8 p.m. Friday (Oct. 22) in the University of Notre Dames Washington Hall.

During the lecture, entitledIrish Music on the American Stage: From Daddy Rice to John McCormack,Moloney will sing several Irish songs and play recordings of Irish music.

Moloney, who holds a doctoral degree in folklore and folklife from the University of Pennsylvania, has taught ethnomusicology, folklore and Irish studies courses there and at Georgetown, and Villanova Universities.The author ofFar From the Shamrock Shore:The Story of Irish American History Through Song,he has recorded and produced more than 40 albums of traditional music, acted as advisor for numerous festivals and concerts nationwide, and served as artistic director forThe Green Fields of America,a touring ensemble of Irish musicians, singers and dancers.Among other honors, he received the 1999 National Heritage Award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

This years Hibernian Lecture is part of a celebration honoring the 25th anniversary of Notre Dames relationship with the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH).AOH gifts to Notre Dame include an endowment for Cushwa Centers Hibernian Research Award, which supports research on the Irish people in the United States, andan undergraduate scholarship program.

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