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FairPlé Panel Discussion - She Means Business, Making Music Work

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She Means Business - Making Music Work

Saturday September 8 @ 11:45 AM - 1 PM

Liberty Hall, Dublin, Admission Free

Panellists: Eleanor McEvoy, Peter Cosgrove, Liz Doherty, Dermot McLaughlin

Chair: Lynette Fay

A panel discussion with industry professionals to evaluate the role of women in the business of Irish traditional and folk music. We will discuss how musicians and performers negotiate the politics and practicalities of creativity, touring, recording and earning money through art. Through the lived experiences of these panellists, we will examine the questions surrounding women in Irish music and the conditions that lend themselves to a largely male dominated industry.

Chair: Lynette Fay is an award-winning presenter and producer working across radio, television and print media. She specialises in music broadcasting and has championed the promotion of Irish traditional and folk music throughout her career. She currently produces and presents BBC Radio Ulster's flagship traditional music programme Folk Club.

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Eleanor McEvoy achieved star status in Ireland in 1992 with her song “A Woman’s Heart”. Her critically acclaimed canon of work spans 13 albums and she is today recognized as one of Ireland’s most successful singer-songwriters. She is the current chairperson of IMRO.

Liz Doherty is a traditional Irish fiddle player and renowned teacher. Winner of Ulster University Students' Union 'Inspirational Teacher of the Year Award' (2017). She currently holds the post of Irish Traditional Music Lecturer at the School of Arts and Humanities at Ulster University in Derry. Liz has worked and continues to work as a consultant and advisor within the traditional arts sector and has conducted various pieces of research for national and European bodies. She has recently been appointed to the Expert Advisory Committee of Culture Ireland.

Dermot McLaughlin is a renowned exponent of Donegal fiddle music. He learned from Donegal fiddle masters including Con Cassidy, James Byrne, Francie Mooney, Dinny McLaughlin, Vincent Campbell, and Francie Dearg Ó Beirne. Dermot usually performs solo and unaccompanied, which is unusual in Irish traditional music these days. He also teaches at summer schools, masterclasses and other events and prefers to work with small groups or individuals

Peter Cosgrove is an expert on future trends and founder of the Future of Work Institute in Ireland. He is a regular media commentator on gender diversity in Ireland and is on the steering committee of the 30% club. He is founder of the future of work institute at Cpl, Ireland’s largest recruitment agency.


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