I am a 2nd semester SLIS distance student and this is my first elective. Very exciting! I have been working as a professional musician and music teacher for the past 15 years. I play Irish traditional music with a few bands and duos that tour nationally and I teach Irish traditional music at the Center for Irish Music (of which my lovely wife Norah is the executive director) here in St. Paul, MN.
My interest in digital libraries grew from my study of traditional folk music that flourished in the 19th century lumber camps of the Great Lakes region (this has been my pet project for the past few years). I am excited about using the internet and digital tools to increase accessibility to collections that bring to life traditional music and cultural history. I am particularly inspired by projects like the Scottish website http://www.tobarandualchais.co.uk/ that put rare and wonderful field recordings of traditional songs and stories at our fingertips.
My wife and I are expecting our first child in March (!) and we bought our first house in December and are still unpacking boxes. I also started recording an album (of music collected in the Great Lakes region) this month that I’ll be finishing over the next couple weeks. So…. it’s looking like a very busy semester for me!
Looking forward to the class and getting to know you all!