Desi Wilkinson’s new book is entitled ‘Call to the Dance’. It is presented along with a CD of original field recordings and its primary concerns include dance music/song and their central importance to cultural identity in Brittany. It was published in June 2016 (Pendragon Press, New York). For more detail please consult http://www.pendragonpress.com/book.php?id=687
Desi Wilkinson Desi is an experienced, well-travelled and popular performer and teacher with eclectic musical interests. He is originally from Belfast and is mainly a concert flute player (he also plays tin whistle, fiddle, bagpipes and clarinet) and has a strong interest in folk song (both accompanied and unaccompanied). He has researched the specific repertory of the flute in Irish music and worked, toured and recorded extensively both as a soloist and with an array of talented artists from the world of Irish Traditional Music and other genres. Apart from his prolific recording and performance career, he has published articles concerning Irish traditional music in academic books and journals.
DW holds a doctorate in Music studies/ethnomusicology from UL and prior to his appointment as traditional musician in residence at Mary Immaculate college, University of Limerick (2017), he worked as a full time lecturer at the International Centre for Music Studies (ICMuS) Newcastle University, UK.
“Desi is one of our finest musicians, his playing of dance music has a rhythmic, emphatic style based on the Sligo-Leitrim tradition. He is an articulate and humorous presenter of the music...deeply committed to exploring genres and traditions beyond Ireland. If traditional music is about searching, absorption, retention and change, so is Desi.” (Ciaran Carson)