Call to the Dance
n Experience of the Socio-Cultural World of Traditional Breton Music and Dance
Desi Wilkinson is a leading exponent of the traditional Irish flute and a fine traditional singer. He has recorded five albums with the internationally renowned group Cran, two solo albums–the Three Piece Flute and Shady Woods –and a host of other recording collaborations that reflect his eclectic musical interests. Originally from Belfast, Wilkinson has worked and toured with many of the best-known musicians and groups on the Irish folk music scene. From 1992 to 1994 he lived in Brittany, learning, playing and studying Breton music. He speaks French fluently and has combined musical and research interests throughout his career, completing an MA in ethnomusicology at Queens University Belfast in 1991 and a doctorate at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick in 1999. He worked as a full-time lecturer at the International Centre for Music studies (ICMuS), Newcastle University U.K. for ten years (2005-2015) and his work has been published in academic journals and book chapters. He is currently traditional musician in residence at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, where he continues to combine music-making with academic pursuits.