Projects

I’ve always got several things on the go, whether they are musical collaborations, pieces of historical research or events to organise.

For the past couple of years I have been very much absorbed by organising an event in memory of Julia Clifford, the great Sliabh Luachra fiddle player who lived a few miles away from me for the last twenty years of her life. The event – “I Looked East and I Looked West” took place in Suffolk in April 2019.

My research page includes more details about Julia Clifford.

You can follow the drop-down menu on this  section of the website for an idea of my other research interests, which are all to do with traditional music, one way or another.

I have developed a range of research skills since completing an advanced diploma with Cambridge University in the 1990s with a dissertation on cultural history. These include genealogical investigations, community research and oral testimony, with a robust methodology and a fine attention to detail.

I am open to suggestions about how these skills can be put to use, and have recently carried out research for ‘Taking Steps (history of Dartmoor stepdancing), a US enquiry about a previously unknown Oxfordshire musician and the Northern Irish singer, Robert Cinnamond. By all means contact me if you have a task you think I could help you with.