On this website I am giving insights into my musicological activities - almost exclusively devoted to the research of Irish musical history. I am active in this area since my academic year in Dublin, way back in 1987-8.


Have a look around - and if you have a question let me know.

Last 5 updates (scroll down for NEWS)

17 September 2014: Inserted a new subcategory within my 'Publications' page, namely one devoted to online publications, i.e. articles written specifically for the internet. This includes Wikipedia articles.


21 August 2014: I announced my next book project, due to be written in 2015 and to appear in 2016 (you have to be ambitious ...). Also revised the page 'Current Research' accordingly.


6 August 2014: I added an item in the publications section (Dictionary articles) about a forthcoming short article in a German dictionary.


29 July 2014: My article for the peer-reviewed journal Études irlandaises about the Franco-Irish composer Joseph O'Kelly has appeared, see Articles.


26 May 2014: After my return from the AFIS conference in Dublin, uploaded the script of my paper on Gilbert Bécaud's L'Opéra d'Aran (1962); see section on Academic Papers.


In Monaco, 18 September 2012


May 2014: My new book has appeared in print and as an e-book: O'Kelly - An Irish Musical Family in Nineteenth-Century France (Norderstedt: BoD, 2014).


April 2014: Just finished the (designed) manuscript to my new book on the O'Kelly family in 19th-century France, after five years of researching and writing.


March 2014: I was involved in a rare Saint Patrick's Day event in Frankfurt, Germany, where the Junge Sinfoniker Frankfurt played early Irish music by John Sigismond Cousser (1660-1727), Matthew Dubourg (1703-1767), Thomas Augustine Geary (1775-1801) and Paul Alday (1763-1835). I suggested some of this repertory and helped to find some of the scores.


March 2013: I received seven (!) original scores of piano music by Joseph O'Kelly from the antiquarian music seller Philippe Cabarat. They are Reverie d'automne op. 12 (1857), Au bord de la mer op. 19 (1860), La bruyère op. 22 (1862), La noce de village op. 34 (1868), La retraite op. 35 (1868), Au bal op. 51 (1875), and À l'aventure op. 65 (1884). Earlier this month my collection was also enhanced by some pieces I received from England. Among them were a song by Michael Kelly: In the rough blast heaves the billow (c1802) and John Field's Rondeaux No. II (c1817).


January 2013: A 6-part broadcast series at Irish radio station RTÉ Lyric FM called "Women of Note" is downloadable from the station's website. It was broadcast between September and December 2012. You can hear me in each of the six parts, as I was interviewed for it last year in Frankfurt.


November 2012: Received a rare copy of the very first piano composition by George O'Kelly, the Nocturne from 'Deux Pensées Charactéristiques' published 1853 in Boulogne-sur-mer (from the antiquarian dealer Paul van Kuik).


September 2012: I was the first musicologist to have looked through the sheet music collection of the Princess Grace Irish Library in Monaco. In this capacity I was asked to write a short assessment of the collection to be archived together with the music.


June 2012: I was commissioned to write the 'Ireland' article in Oxford Bibliographies in Music, part of Oxford Bibliographies Online (OBO). It is to appear in autumn 2014.