Visiting Scholar: Celebrated Irish Singer Mary McPartlan

January 8, 2013 10:22 am CUNY Institute for Irish American Studies, School of Arts and Humanities

Irish singer Mary Mc Partlan

This spring, Irish singer Mary McPartlan will teach a module at Lehman on Irish traditional women singers and songs since the 1950s as part of a Fulbright scholarship.  A staff member at the National University of Ireland in Galway, McPartlan will present a series of lectures on Irish contemporary playwrights and plays.

McPartlan is a celebrated singer of traditional Irish music. She recently released new recordings in which she pays tribute to the late poet Pearce Hutchinson and remembers the great Chilean singer Victor Jara in a song and poem recorded with President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins. The song is available on her website marymcpartlan.com.

During her stay, McPartlan plans to give performances at the University of Notre Dame, Boston College, the Irish Arts Center in New York, and at NYU’s Glucksman Ireland House on March 1. In addition to her own repertoire, McPartlan will sing songs made popular by legendary Irish singer Margaret Barry—McPartlan is working with writer and broadcaster Vincent Woods to create a theater and music piece based on the singer’s life.

The Fulbright awards are presented on an annual basis to Irish students, scholars, and professionals to undertake postgraduate study and research at higher education, cultural, and related institutions in the United States.