Current Projects

This school year (2006-2007) is my 16th year of teaching at Evergreen. I am currently working on a biography of the great sean-nós singer Joe Heaney with Dr. Lillis Ó Laoire. This book, Bright Star of the West: Joe Heaney, Irish Song-Man, will be published by Oxford University Press, possibly in early 2008. I have also been revising the mystery novel that I wrote during my sabbatical, and becoming a better musician on the Irish fiddle and the classical guitar. My work for the Inquiring Mind lecture series is now finished after several years, and I am working on an academic paper about my experiences with people in Washington State encountering Islamic music for the first time as a result of attending my lectures on "Islam and Music of the Islamic World." I will be presenting that paper at the national ethnomusicology conference this coming November.

The Ethnomusicologists' Cookbook: Complete Meals from Around the World, is in print now (Routledge); I was the editor and a contributor to it. It represents two levels of interdisciplinarity: all of these ethnomusicologists were willing to develop contributions in a similar style, even though they come from a variety of cultural traditions. In addition, this cookbook represents the confluence of music and food, two of life's great necessities. It has been exciting to see how interested people are in the cookbook; I was invited to appear on the radio program "A Chef's Table" (WHYY in Philadelphia) and some book signings have been scheduled. It would make me very happy to know that more people learn about ethnomusicology as a result of this book.