Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, Mid-Atlantic Region

2009 Fleadh Awards! by midatlanticcce
April 30, 2009, 8:04 pm
Filed under: Fleadh, General Announcement, Mid-Atlantic CCE

The Fleadh Committee of the Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Mid Atlantic Region is pleased to announce that two special awards for Distinguished Achievement in the Preservation of Irish Music and Culture will be presented at this year’s Fleadh.

Fiddler Veronica McNamara will receive an award for her book The Professor, James Morrison. In addition to being a legendary fiddler, Morrison was a well known teacher. At each lesson, he would write out tunes, bowing directions and other notations into copybooks for his students. Veronica rescued six such copybooks from two of Morrison’s students to produce this 154-page facsimile edition, which includes 148 tunes, all in Morrison’s own hand. Together with Morrison’s recording legacy, this remarkable treasure brings us one step closer to knowing what it was like to play with and learn from the “Professor” himself. You can learn more about Veronica’s work at her webpage:

Flute player Lesl Harker will receive the other award for her two books of Irish Traditional Music.  300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty was published in 2006 and contains the first 300 tunes Lesl learned from her playing with Mike. Second Wind was published in 2009 and includes 300 more tunes. Transcribed into standard notation, these books include indexes, tune annotations, photos, discographic data and in many instances, priceless anecdotes from Mike.  These books are a wonderful study of Mike’s playing, and represent a significant contribution to the documentation of East Galway music and its style and repertoire. Visit Lesl’s webpage for more information:

The awards will be presented at the 2009 Mid Atlantic Region Fleadh Cheoil on Sunday, May 31, 2009.  Click here to download a printabe PDF! Visit the Fleadh webpage at for more information.


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