A leading exponent of traditional Irish music, the musician and academic Desi Wilkinson is currently in residence at CCI. He is passionately interested in how a musical aesthetic develops by involving extra-musical components, among them shared experience, friendship, celebration of social cohesion and continuity. Socio-political resonances are also of importance. By reference to the soundscapes of his youth in Belfast and various journeys to the North-East Connacht region, Desi Wilkinson’s talk seeks to synthesize the sonic and social worlds that formed the backdrop to his first experiences of the 'raw bar' of traditional music. This illustrated lecture will also see him present his latest publication concerning Breton round dance and music and the Irish diaspora’s effect on francophone celtitude.