Tuesday 18 December 2018

Culture is King: Musical giant lends voice and vision to university

Pointing the way forward: Music icon Philip King has been appointed Adjunct Professor at DCU for three years. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin
Pointing the way forward: Music icon Philip King has been appointed Adjunct Professor at DCU for three years. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin
Gareth Morgan

Gareth Morgan

Musician and broadcaster Philip King has been appointed Adjunct Professor in Dublin City University's Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Mr King formally takes up his position with immediate effect and will serve for a period of three years.

First rising to prominence in the 1970s as a vocalist, harmonica player and founding member of seminal folk rock band Scullion, he has been hugely influential in Irish arts circles for the past five decades.

Mr King said: "I've had the pleasure of working closely with DCU students and staff on the inaugural Anam Arts and Culture Festival, held earlier this year, which brought North Dublin's communities together through culture, song, poetry and social gatherings.

"As curator and producer of that festival, I'm delighted to have the opportunity to broaden my involvement with the university even further in my new role.

"I look forward to help shaping, sharing and spreading DCU's ethos of culture and creativity both within and beyond its campus walls."

Among his career highlights are writing and producing the Emmy Award-winning 'Bringing It All Back Home' series (1991), and producing the music of 'The General' (1997).

Mr King founded the 'Other Voices' music series for RTÉ, spawning a number one album of the same name and various events held annually since.

In 2014, he curated the 'Ceiliúradh' concert in London's Royal Albert Hall, coinciding with the State visit to Britain of President Michael D Higgins. He has directed five series of 'Sé Mo Laoch' for TG4 and currently presents 'South Wind Blows' on RTÉ Radio 1.

President of DCU, Professor Brian MacCraith paid tribute to Mr King as "visionary and versatile".

Prof MacCraith added: "This is a wonderful development for DCU. Philip King is a musical and cultural icon.

"We are delighted to have an individual of Philip's calibre join DCU as an Adjunct Professor.

"He will play a pivotal role in our strategy to establish a vibrant North Dublin cultural quarter.

"His presence and guidance will be an invaluable asset to our collective endeavours."

Irish Independent

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