BC Artist-in-Residence Séamus Connolly Profiled in WSJ

No fiddler has won more solo championships than Séamus Connolly, Sullivan Artist-in-Residence at BC. Connolly’s newest project is compiling a book of 400 transcribed tunes that 50 musicians will record on companion CDs. His accomplishments and work have been recently featured in an article written by Earle Hitchner and published in The Wall Street Journal.

The text that follows is a brief excerpt from the article:

On campus, Mr. Connolly teaches a fiddle class, directs the Gaelic Roots Music, Song, Dance, Workshop and Lecture Series, and, with librarian Elizabeth Sweeney, oversees the archives of the Burns Library Irish Music Center, to which he has donated 400 cassettes and numerous reel-to-reel tapes of field recordings. “Séamus is as much beloved for the intensity of his commitment to Irish traditional music as he is revered for his professional abilities,” emphasized Thomas Hachey, executive director of Boston College’s Center for Irish Programs.

Mr. Connolly’s commitment is nowhere more apparent than in the behemoth project now absorbing him: compiling a book of 400 transcribed tunes that 50 musicians will record on companion CDs. So far, 350 tracks have been recorded, of which 200 are in finished form.

Mr. Hitchner is a music columnist for the Irish Echo.

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