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The Making of Irish Traditional Music

The Making of Irish Traditional Music

Helen O'Shea

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The Making of Irish Traditional Music challenges the notion that Irish Traditional music expresses an essential Irish identity, arguing that it was an ideological construction of cultural nationalists in the nineteenth century, later commodified by the music and tourism industries. As a social process, musical performance is complicated by the varying experiences of musicians and listeners.

The question of an Irish identity expressed musically is explored through an analysis of the experiences of both local and foreign musicians, including the author, in County Clare. It explores Irish traditional music's relationships with place and with gender.

The conclusion that a radicalised ideal of national culture and an assimilative model of cultural contact are compatible has important implications for Irish society today.

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Author Helen O'Shea
Publisher N/A
Publication date 26 Nov 2008
Format Hardback
ISBN/EAN 9781859184363

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