Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, Mid-Atlantic Region

Comhaltas Archive Online by midatlanticcce
December 14, 2009, 10:52 am
Filed under: Classes / Lessons / Education, General Announcement, Ireland

Comhaltas Archive Online

From Breandán Ó Nualltáin and the CCE headquarters in Dublin:

I’m happy to announce the public availability of the Comhaltas Traditional Music Archive, online today at

The core of the Comhaltas collection is a set of tapes collected by Séamus MacMathúna, mostly in the 1970s and 1980s. These have been digitised, and we’re working on other collections from Cois na hAbhna in Ennis, Co. Clare and Ceoláras Coleman in Gurteen, Co. Sligo. We’re also scanning the 40-year history of Treoir, our own quarterly journal.

The website is a unified window into the Comhaltas Archive, including audio, video, magazines, print and biographical data. Of course, we’re just at the beginning of posting the content, and we have lots more information ready to go up in the next few months. In January, for example, you can look forward to the full collection of Comhaltas-produced LPs and cassettes.

One thing that we’re particularly excited about is the level of interaction that we’re expecting. As a user of the archive you can suggest people, tunes and keywords for all of our tracks, helping to fill in the gaps for other researchers. You may also leave general comments on anything that you see.

You are all welcome to browse freely without registering, though audiovisual media will be limited to 30 seconds. If you create an account (available today), you can hear tracks at their full length, comment on items and request copies of media. For many of our tracks, agreements with the musicians have meant that we’ve interrupted the audio every 30 seconds, just to make sure that recordings are not exploited commercially. If you visit a Comhaltas Regional Resource Centre, you can listen to items in their entirety. You are always welcome to come by and have a chat with our regional Archivists.

I’d encourage you all to have a look, and let me know (via about any problems that you have. Of course, as with all new software, we can expect some growing pains as we get everything settled in, so I appreciate your patience in the first few months.

Ádh mór,


Breandán Ó Nualltáin
Oifigeach Tionscadail
Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann
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