The Flourishing

 Associate Professor P.J. Matthews has contributed to a recent documentary on RTÉ entitled The Flourishing.

From RTÉ: "This hour-long arts documentary begins in the 1950s, a landmark era for the revival of Irish traditional and folk music and takes us on an intriguing journey to the present day when it’s hard to believe the future of this musical genre was ever in doubt. Performances, archive and expert contributions are weaved together with personal accounts from the key players as we track the transformation of a wavering musical genre into one which is performed and celebrated around the world. The Flourishing will feature the work and voices of this most important generation – among them Paul Brady, Mary Black, Finbar Furey, Paddy Glackin, Andy Irvine, Tríona Ní Domhnaill, Mary O’Hara and Mary Bergin – as we discover how they re-energised the tradition and created new soundscapes that changed the course of Irish folk music. "

The full documentary is currently available to stream via the RTÉ Player.