Online Portfolio

A Selection of Performances, Recordings and Publications


  • An Evening with Brian Byrne and Friends, featuring Sharon Shannon, Rob Strong, Lucia Evans, Pat Coldrick, Willie Byrne, Jimmy Smith, November 2021.
  • Galway Jazz Festival, The Smashing Red Kite (Children’s theatre), October 2019.
  • Nafplion Music Festival, Greece, Cormac Kenevey, June 2019.
  • Angel of Broadway, RTÉ National Concert Orchestra, National Concert Hall, June 2019.
  • Warrior, Karen Egan, Project Arts Centre, May 2019.
  • Ranelagh Christmas Lights Show, Emilie Conway Quartet, December 2018.
  • The Smashing Red Kite’s Blues, Dalkey Creates Festival, Dalkey, October 2018.
  • The Smashing Red Kite’s Blues, Kells and Oldcastle Libraries, Meath Co. Council Children’s Book Festival, October 2018.
  • The Smashing Red Kite’s Blues, The Ark Theatre, July 2018.
  • The Smashing Red Kite’s Blues, Dalkey Creates Festival, Dalkey, October 2017.
  • Tina May and Phil Ware, JJ Smyth’s, July 2016
  • Cormac Kenevey Quartet, Howth Jazz Festival, July 2016
  • Linley Hamilton Quintet and the Ulster Orchestra, Derry, April 2016
  • Dana Masters & BBC Ulster Orchestra, BBC Radio Ulster Gala Concert, December 2015
  • Stella Bass, Music of Sondheim, Irish Tour, September 2015
  • Emilie Conway Group, Dominican Republic Tour, April 2015
  • Declan O’Rourke, Service for Children killed in 1916 Uprising, May 2015
  • Linley Hamilton, British Tour, March 2015
  • Julien Colarossi Quartet, Bray Jazz Festival, May 2014
  • Cormac Kenevey Quartet, University College Dublin Jazz Festival, March 2014
  • Van Morrison, Belfast, December 2013
  • National Concert Orchestra, Singing in the Rain, National Concert Hall, May 2013
  • Cormac Kenevey Quartet, Down with Jazz Festival, September 2013
  • David Lyttle Trio with international artists including Tim Warfield, Terrel Stafford (USA), and Soweto Kinch (UK),
  • Julien Siegal (UK), Jean Toussant (USA) , Jason Rubello (UK), January – September 2009
  • Honor Heffernan, Indian Tour, November 2008
  • Cora Smyth, Irish Tour and Celtic Connections Festival Glasgow, February 2008
  • Sean Keane and Alan Kelly – American & European Tours, 2001 – 2005 – 2006

Selected Recordings

• Cormac Kenevey – Turning Skies – 2018
• Emilie Conway – Dear World – 2016
• Karen Egan – Charlatanne – 2016
• Linley Hamilton – In Transition – 2015
• Brendan Marnell – Six of the Best – 2012
• Boylan/Buckley/Evans Trio – Soulful Days – 2010
• Kokia – Fairy Dance – Kokia Meets Ireland – 2008
• Tom O’Hare & Gunther Fischer featuring Willie Jones III (USA) & Anthony Wonsey (USA)– 2007
• Chad Dughi – Phoenix Dog Songs – 2007
• Cafe Orchestra – The Kilworth Concert – 2006
• Cora & Breda Smyth – Cora & Breda Smyth – 2005
• Gerry O’Connor – No Place Like Home – 2004 (Number 1 Traditional/Folk album of the year 2004 – Irish Times)
• Sharon Shannon/Donal Lundy – My Palestine – 2003

Selected Publications

“Rum: Negotiating Interaction through Composition.” AIC New Music Journal, 2019.

‘These Off-beat “Crazy Kids and Gals”’: Jazz in Ireland, 1918–1960. Journal of the Society for Musicology in Ireland, 2019.

Review; The Musicology Review – Jackson, Travis A: Blowin’ the Blues Away: Performance and Meaning on the New York Jazz Scene, (Chicago: University of California Press, 2012).
Co-editor; The Musicology Review, 2013.

Selected Presentations

2021 ‘“Internationally-famous Lady Saxophonist”: Documenting the Life of Irish Musician Josephine ‘Zandra’ Mitchell – Documenting Jazz Conference, Edinburgh, UK. (Virtual).

2021 ‘Women in Early Irish Jazz: Researching the Life of Saxophonist Josephine ‘Zandra’ Mitchell (1903–1995)’ – SMI/ICTM Annual Plenary Conference, Trinity College Dublin (Virtual).

2020 Television interview: COSC ‘Down with Jazz’ 29 September, RTÉ 1.

2019 ‘“All Ireland Danced, All The Time”: The Role of Dance-bands in Irish Jazz’ – Rhythm Changes Conference, Graz.

2019 ‘Finding Jazz in Ireland’ – Documenting Jazz Conference, TU Dublin, Dublin.

2018 ‘“Harlem comes to Ballyjamesduff”: The changing reception of jazz in Ireland post 1940‘ – Annual Plenary Conference of the Society for Musicology in Ireland, Cork Institute of Technology, Cork.

2018 26 Jan: Interview, Jazz in Ireland – The Lyric Concert Interval, Radio Broadcast, Lyric FM. 

2017 ‘From Jazz Performance to Research: Contextualising the New Jazz Studies’, Artistic Research Perspectives Sessions, Conservatory of Music and Drama, Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland.

2017 Panel Convenor, ‘Down with Jazz: Power and Agency in Localised Musicking’, Annual Plenary Conference of the Society for Musicology in Ireland, Queen’s University, Ireland.

2017 3 November: Interview, Improvisation – The Lyric Concert Interval, Radio Broadcast, Lyric FM.

2017 ‘Spatiality and Performance in the Dublin Jazz Scene.’ Sounding out the Space, Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland.

2017 ‘Re/sounding jazz: Contestation for ownership of jazz within the Dublin jazz scene.’ Rhythm Changes, Conservatory van Amsterdam, Netherlands.

2017 ‘Down With Jazz: The Construction of a National Jazz Identity’ Music, Festivals, Heritage, Siena Jazz Archive, Italy. 

2016 ‘Trouble in Utopia: Contestation and Negotiation in the Dublin Jazz Scene’, Jazz Utopia, Birmingham City University, United Kingdom.

2015 Interview, John Coltrane: A Jazz Pioneer – Talking History, Radio Broadcast, Lyric FM.

2015 ‘Scene but not heard: The silent Irish Jazz History’, Annual Plenary Conference of the Society for Musicology in Ireland, University College Cork, Ireland.

2014 ‘Scene and Un-scene’, Jazz Beyond Borders, Conservatory of Amsterdam, Netherlands.

2013 ‘Rethinking Jazz Performance as a Research Method’, Rhythm Changes, University of Salford, Manchester.