Tomás Ó Canainn
1930- ; b. Derry, ed. CBS, St Columbs College, Derry, and QUB; lecturer
in electrical engineering, UCC; member of Na Filí, an Irish traditional
music trio; taught uileann pipes and worked as RTE radio presenter; issued Home to Derry (1985); also issued Traditional
Music in Ireland (1978), a study;
and A Lifetime of Notes (q.d.), 128pp.; and compiled Traditional Slow Airs of Ireland (1996). ORM
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Home to Derry (1985), autobiography; Dornán Dánta (BAC: Coiscéim 2004), 48pp., poems; also Traditional Music in Ireland (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul 1978); A Lifetime of Notes (London: Collins Press [q.d.]), 128pp.; ed., Traditional Slow Airs of Ireland (Ossian Books 1996), 102pp. [with 2 cassette tapes].
Trad. music: For me, traditional music is so much more than the sum total of
all the techniques, it involves the whole person and the complete situation;
who is to judge what is basic to the tradition and therefore worth
preserving, and what is merely of secondary importance? (Traditional
Music, p.ix; cited in Gerry Smyth, Amateurs and Textperts, Studying
Irish Traditional Music, in Irish Studies Review (Autumn
1995), pp.2-10; p.4, 8, &c. Smyth concludes that the freedom
Ó Canainn offers is not freedom at all, and far from a dialectical
exchange, his model of the discourse represents an aggressive imposition
of the past onto the present, and an attempt to restrict the possibilities
of the music (p.4).
Frank Ormsby, ed., Northern Windows: An Anthology Of Ulster Autobiography (Blackstaff 1987), extract from Home to Derry (1985), pp.184-94.
Greagóir Ó Duill, Filíocht Uladh 1960-1985 (1986), gives Ocras, poem. Se bibl., Home to Derry (1986 [2n edn.]), úrscéal [novel]; no poetry collections noted.
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