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Conor Caldwell

Assistant Professor in Irish Traditional Music, University of Limerick

Conor Caldwell is a fiddle player north Belfast. He currently serves as Course Director for the MA in Irish Traditional Music Performance at the Irish World Academy in UL. His research explores various aspects of music in Ireland, including style, structure and form in traditional performance. Known for his energetic northern fiddle style, Conor's music is informed by his exploration of both archival and contemporary sources.

Research Interests

All aspects of Irish traditional music, but with a particular focus on linking archival sources with contemporary performance practice. My initial and most prominent work to date has been in the fiddle styles and techniques of southwest Donegal, but has expanded to include examinations of Irish song in both historical and contemporary contexts. recent major projects have included an arts-practice focussed examination of the influence of jazz culture on Irish traditional music in the early twentieth century.


  • –present
    Lecturer in Music, University of Limerick


  • 2013 
    Queen's University, Belfast, PhD


  • 2024
    The Oxford Handbook of Irish Song, Oxford University Press
  • 2016
    Dancing in Southwest Donegal: Historical Perspectives, ICTM Ireland

Grants and Contracts

  • 2013
    An Historical Typology of Irish Song
    Research Fellow
    Funding Source:
    Arts and Humanities Research Council