Interviews for Music and Friendship: the People of Melbourne Comhaltas are now complete. It is anticipated that the project will be published in the fourth quarter of 2020.

Comhaltas, established in 1951, is a worldwide organisation celebrating and promoting Irish music, dance, language and culture.

The Melbourne Comhaltas branch was founded in 1970 and will thus celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2020. The Melbourne membership is wide and varied, with people aged from 20 to 90, and every age in between. There are musicians and there are dancers. There are men and there are women. There are Irish expats, and there are locals,  from many different parts of the folk spectrum. All, though, share an interest in keeping the Irish traditions alive and very much kicking. And all have some sort of story about how they came to be in Melbourne, and how they came to Comhaltas.

Music and Friendship aims to collect those stories, through recorded interview, and present them, along with a portrait of each individual, in a high-quality book. The focus is on as wide a variety of ordinary members and associates as possible from as many different backgrounds as possible.

The intent of this project is to collect the stories of the people who make up Melbourne Comhaltas, rather than to write a history of the group itself. While the focus is on participants’ connections to Melbourne Comhaltas, the project also aims to capture the wider stories of who the people are: how they grew up, how they came to be involved with the music and, for the expats, how they came to be in Australia. In this regard the project also explores wider themes of immigration, heritage and culture. 

Adam Purcell - owner and photographer for Melbourne Ceili Camera - is the author and photographer for the Music and Friendship book project

For more information about the project, please contact Adam at - or use the 'Contact' link at the top of the page - and look out for the Pozible campaign, coming around July 2020!

Melbourne Ceili Camera specialises in photographing folkie gigs, sessions, dances, bands and festivals. Photography (c) 2015-20 Adam Purcell.

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