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Music in Ireland


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Foreword: Preface: Pronunciation Guide: CD Track List: 1. Invitation to a Session What is Traditional Irish Music? Basic Themes 2. Historical Continuities: Music, Dance, and the Making of a Nation Colonialism in Ireland Edward Bunting and Thomas Moore: Dancing and Dance Music Music, Religion, and Political Struggle Emigration "The Green Fields of Canada": "Edward Connors": Nationalism Home Rule and the Gaelic League: Constructing an Irish Ireland: Conclusion 3. Passing on the Tradition Learning by Osmosis: Mary MacNamara and Kevin Crawford Competitions The Willie Clancy Summer School 4. The Dance Tune Tradition Tune Structure Tune Collections Tune Aesthetics: Variation and Ornamentation Tune Names and Tune Types Jig: Reel: Hornpipe: Polka and Waltz: A Tune in Performance: Garrett Barry's Jig Instruments Uilleann Pipes Harp: Fiddles and Fiddle Styles: Concertina: Tin Whistle: Flute: Plucked Instruments: The Bodhran Piano, Synthesizers, and Electric Instruments: Solo versus Ensemble Playing: Sessions, Ceili Bands, and Small Groups 5. Singers, Sessions, and Songs The Goilin Singers' Club and the Folk Revival 6. The Sean-nos in the New Ireland: Irish Singing Traditions The Lyrics of Sean-nos The Sound of Sean-nos A Singer's Mission A Linguistic Meeting-Ground: Irish Traditional Songs in English A Floating Repertoire of Tunes and Verses: Len Graham: "A Compulsive Singer": Conclusion 7. Irish Music in the Global Marketplace Riverdance Black 47 New Directions Conclusion Glossary: References: Resources: Index:


... a well-written and highly readable work whose heart and mind are in the right place. * Irish Examiner (Cork) *

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