Susan Motherway is an ethnomusicologist with special interests in the areas of Irish traditional music, folk theatre, music and identity, music and minorities, and cultural sustainability. Her PhD research "Mediating the Divide, The Globalisation of Irish Traditional Song Performance" provides a wide analysis of the music genre and documents evidence of change within the tradition in response to globalisation. This work was published by Ashgate Publications.  

Susan and Prof. John O'Connell have prepared a volume of papers entitled "Staged Folklore, The National Folk Theatre of Ireland 1968-1998" for publication with Cork University Press and hope that it will be published in the Fall of 2021. This work documents the development of the folk theatre and honours the work of its founder and artistic director Pat Ahern. The working group of 14 academics held a colloquium at the Folk Theatre in May 2018 to celebrate the theatre's 50th season of performances. The Arts Council of Ireland has awarded this project a Deis Award. 



Susan was a founding member of ICTM Ireland and participated in the Council of the Society of Ethnomusicology (SEM). She also received the title of 'Visiting Research Associate' from Queens University Belfast. She is the recipient of many scholarships, including the UCC Undergraduate Scholarship and the ICUF Riverdance Award.  Susan has been invited to give seminars at major universities in Ireland and provided consultancy to local music education providers.

Susan's Resume is available for download on the Media page,

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