Focus: Irish Traditional Music

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Routledge, Feb 1, 2013 - Music - 312 pages
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Focus: Irish Traditional Music is an introduction to the instrumental and vocal traditions of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, as well as Irish music in the context of the Irish diaspora. Ireland's size relative to Britain or to the mainland of Europe is small, yet its impact on musical traditions beyond its shores has been significant, from the performance of jigs and reels in pub sessions as far-flung as Japan and Cape Town, to the worldwide phenomenon of Riverdance. Focus: Irish Traditional Music interweaves dance, film, language, history, and other interdisciplinary features of Ireland and its diaspora. The accompanying CD presents both traditional and contemporary sounds of Irish music at home and abroad.


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Series Foreword by Michael B Bakan
Irish Musicin Place and Time
Roots and Branches of Gaelic Ireland
Hang All Harpers Where Found
MusicTraditions Abroad and at Home
The Green Fields of America The Great Migration of the ScotchIrish
Vocal Music in IrishGaelic
Vocal Musicin IrishGaelic
VocalMusic inEnglish TheEnglishLanguage Ballad in Ireland
New Contexts for Music and Dance Competitions and Festivals Musical Notation
Discussion Questions Glossary
Listening Guide

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About the author (2013)

Sean Williams, Ph.D. is Professor of Ethnomusicology at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.

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