Bordertown Blues: Music and the Partition of Ireland




Bordertown Blues looks at the music and culture of the Irish border area both pre and post partition. The talk surveys the decline of the ancient harping tradition in the north west of Ireland in the late 18th century and the increasing role of traditional music as a cultural soundtrack for the Irish revolution in the early 20th century. The talk also looks at the effects that of the Troubles on the Irish music scene. The lecture concludes with some promising revelations of increased musical participation by members of both the catholic and protestant communities in Northern Ireland.

MArc geagan

Marc Geagan is a lecturer in the music department at the North West Regional College in Derry, Northern Ireland. He has a Bachelor’s degree from Paisley University, Glasgow in Music Technology and a Master’s degree from the University of Ulster in Music (Composition). He has performed both nationally and internationally with blues/rock group “Stone River”, as well as performing traditional Irish music with the Foinn Chonnallacha Ensemble at various festivals in Europe. In 2002, he won an award for his score for the Irish language radio play ‘An Piobaire Fanach’. In 2003 he was commissioned by the BBC to compose the music for their ‘Labrats’ programme (broadcast in May 2003). He was a founding-member and guitarist in the Mirenda Rosenberg Band for several years when the band supported the legendary Chuck Berry on his 2009 Irish tour. He is also a founding member of the Rare Groove Funk Orchestra, whose support credits include Asian Dub Foundation and Kila. He currently plays dobro with the critically-acclaimed Americana group Erdini, who have shared stages with the likes of Mick Maloney and Charlie McGettigan. In 2010, he published his first book ‘Dancing by the Sea’. Over the past number of years he has been a regular contributor to the History Ireland Hedge School series on the subject of music history. He has appeared in this role at The Allingham Festival and Electric Picnic and contributed to BBC and RTE radio and television programs