Kevin McNally is a musician from west Cork with research interests in ethnomusicology, ecomusicology, popular music and community music. As a performer he has played in traditional Irish music bands, rock bands and in 2010 founded the West Cork Ukulele Orchestra. He is assistant director of the Irish Gamelan Orchestra and teaches gamelan and Irish music in UCC School of Music and The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in the University of Limerick. Alongside teaching and performing, he is the co-director of the Clonakilty International Guitar Festival.
His current research project investigates the connection between place and music in a community music context. It is an Arts Practice approach using as a case study the Javanese gamelan orchestra in Skibbereen, Co. Cork. In it, he seeks to explore sound as a form of co-presence between human and non-human bodies in the rural landscape.
(2021) – How It Is (Samuel Beckett) - performer with the Irish Gamelan Orchestra, Dublin Theatre Festival, Online film.
(2020) Tabhartas - original music composition and performance, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, 3rd November
(2020) ‘The community gamelan ensemble as a method of rendering connection between humans and environments” - paper delivered at the ISME World conference, August 2020