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The Making of Irish Traditional Music

The Making of Irish Traditional Music

by Helen O'Shea


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The first critical study of Irish traditional music, The Making of Irish Traditional Music draws on the author's observations and participation as a musician. It analyzes the experiences of foreigners playing Irish music at summer schools, where they encounter the tourism industry's "Ireland of the Welcomes", and in the heart of Ireland's traditional music empire, County Clare. The book concludes that a view of Irish traditional music as expressive of an ethnically pure, geographically bound, masculine, national culture is an inadequate basis for a multi-ethnic Irish society.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781859184363
Publisher: Cork University Press
Publication date: 01/31/2009
Pages: 236
Sales rank: 979,471
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Helen O'Shea is a Research Fellow at Monash University, Australia

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations; Acknowledgements; Introduction: Foreign Bodies in the River of Sound; 1) When Smiling Eyes are Tearful: The Making of Irish Music; 2) The Morning Dew: Irish Dance Music’s Journey Through Tradition; 3) Regional Styles: Locating a Place in the Irish Tradition; 4) Musical Pilgrims: Seeking Authenticity in the West of Ireland; 5) Lovely Girls and Good Men: Women and the Fraternity of Irish Music; 6) The Session: Idealising Musical Communities; Afterword: Music in the New Ireland; Notes and References; List of Musical Examples; Bibliography; Index.

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