The Art of Lilting

Dr Robert Harvey, musician and academic, speaks to Laoise O’Brien about the Art of Lilting and his mission to preserve this fascinating form of music-making in traditional Irish music.
Recorded on 10th July, 2020.Produced by Laoise O’Brien

Featuring  lilting by All-Ireland Champions Seamus O’Donnell, Vincent Crowley, Mairead Corridan, Liam Jones, M.J. O’Reilly and Donal Tydings, and dancing by Kelsey Schuhle.

Thanks to Comhaltas Ceoltoirí Éireann, The Irish Traditional Music Archive, The National Folklore Collection, Mary Whelan, Michael McCabe, Siobhán Ní Choneráin, Ben Rawlins, Graham Watson, Dick Beamish, Hannah and Paddy Flynn at Roundwood House, Lance Smith at Tyrellstown House. 

Download the track ‘The Trip to Cullenstown’ from ‘The Art of Lilting’ below

Check out previous episodes of the Jiggery Pokery Podcast, featuring interviews with Peter Browne, Francesco Turrisi, Michael O’Toole, Mairead Hurley,  and Julie Maisel: