Island Lecture Series (Virtual Event)

Music-making and the experience of community life on an Irish island

with Rory McCabe
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Tuesday, January 19, 2021 · 1:00pm-2:00pm AST (UTC-4)

The Island Lecture Series January lecture will feature Rory McCabe discussing music-making as a fundamental part of island community life and an important measure of island vitality, followed by a conversation with Dr. Laurie Brinklow (IIS, UPEI) and questions from the audience. 

This lecture presents an ethnographic account of music and social life on Clare Island (pop. 159), a small community off the west coast of Ireland. The details of music-making on Clare Island in the twenty-first century suggest that, against a changing social, economic, and technological environment, the universal themes of social bonding persist as core values in the island experience. Through this presentation, Rory McCabe will describe how music-making is a fundamental process in island community life and an important measure of island health or vitality.

Rory McCabe will be joining us live from Clare Island (via Zoom) for this session. This lecture was originally scheduled to take place while he was on PEI as a visiting scholar to the Institute of Island Studies and UPEI in March 2020, but his visit was cut short due to COVID-19. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to host this lecture and discussion virtually!

This virtual event is free and everyone is welcome to attend.
The event will be hosted on Zoom, and advance registration is required – please visit to reserve your spot.

About Rory McCabe
Rory McCabe recently completed his PhD at the Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway. His doctoral research examined music-making and islandness within his home community of Clare Island. In March 2020, Rory was an Ireland Canada University Foundation visiting scholar at the Institute of Island Studies at UPEI.

For more information about the Island Lecture Series, please contact Maggie Henry (IIS Interim Coordinator) at

Explore and stream videos from past Island Lecture Series sessions here.

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