Founded in 1962, the IACI is the leading Irish American cultural organization. The IACI is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) not-for-profit national organization devoted to promoting an intelligent appreciation of Ireland and the role and contributions of the Irish in America.
Based in the Morristown, NJ area, this chapter will be working closely with the Jersey Shore Chapter and Drew University in co-sponsoring events.
November 3rd:Bordertown Blues: Music and the Partition of Ireland. Bordertown Blues looks at the music and culture of the Irish border area both pre and post partition. The talk surveys the decline of the ancient harping tradition in the north west of Ireland in the late 18th century and the increasing role of traditional music as a cultural soundtrack for the Irish revolution in the early 20th century. The talk also looks at the effects that of the Troubles on the Irish music scene. The lecture concludes with some promising revelations of increased musical participation by members of both the catholic and protestant communities in Northern Ireland. Drew University, Madison, NJ. Learn More
December 1st: Two Roads Diverged: The Music of Ireland and Africa. Drawing from the traditional background and diaspora of two oppressed peoples, enslaved Africans and indentured Irish immigrants, Mick Moloney and Lenwood Sloan explore the curious and tumultuous journey of the banjo, fiddle, jig, joke and jump dance, riddle rhyme, song, shuffle and clog.
Their cultural dialogue begins at the departure point of two diverse cultures in the 18th century; their encounter in the Caribbean, amalgamation in New Orleans' Congo Square, entry into America along the Mississippi after 1803, the 1840's escape to Appalachia, and their arrival and confrontation in America's urban cities before and after the Civil War. Drew University, Madison, NJ. Learn More
Our Officers Barbara Lyons, President
William Rogers, Vice-President
Nancy Farrell, Secretary
Carol Buck, Treasurer
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