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Daniel Neely

Daniel T. Neely is a musician and ethnomusicologist (New York University, Ph.D. 2008) with specialties in the musics of Ireland and Jamaica. Since 2008 he has been the Public Relations Officer of the Mid-Atlantic Region of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann’s North American Province, from 2011-2016 he was the artistic coordinator of the Augusta Irish Week, a Irish music camp in Elkins, West Virginia, and since 2021 he has been on the Board of Directors of the Milwaukee-based Ward Irish Music Archives, the largest public repository for Irish music in the United States.

He plays tenor banjo and fiddle, loves playing at sessions, and has been a member of both the Washington Square Harp and Shamrock Orchestra and the New York Céilí Band.  He has given invited lectures on this history of Irish music at Boston College, the Catskills Irish Arts Week, the Ward Irish Music Archives, Na Píobairí Uilleann in Dublin, Ireland, and elsewhere.

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IAC has knocked it out of the park IAC has knocked it out of the park
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 Tracks thought lost have been found Tracks thought lost have been found
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‘Easy Way Down’ is an intimate but bold affair  ‘Easy Way Down’ is an intimate but bold affair 
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Crowley follows up 2015 book with 2-set disc of songs Crowley follows up 2015 book with 2-set disc of songs
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Burren’s O’Connell offers ‘fireside view’ Burren’s O’Connell offers ‘fireside view’
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Concertinas taking center stage Concertinas taking center stage
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Way to go before return to normalcy  Way to go before return to normalcy 
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Inspiring, fascinating scholarship   Inspiring, fascinating scholarship
[Deirdre Ní Chonghaile gets to the heart of each Aran collector’s motivations and practices.] A few weeks back I wrote about Dublin singer John Fra...

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