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Narrative Singing in Ireland

Narrative Singing in Ireland

Hugh Shields

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An absorbing and detailed account of narrative singing in Ireland. A great contribution to the field of Irish folksong study. The depth and breadth of scholarship is impressive, expressed with a light touch.

Narrative Singing in Ireland is a definitive account of Irish traditions of singing as a storytelling art.

Of interest to scholars and general readers, this book examines the varied associations of song and story in Ireland and why people sing as they do.

It ranges from ballads in English, through Irish Heroic songs of Fionn mac Cumhaill, Deirdre, the Big Fool and others, sung from earliest times to the present to ballads of European tradition with the lyric songs of Irish.

Written in a lively and entertaining style, it includes chapters on: Irish narrative singing in general, Lays, Ballads old and new, the lyric songs of Irish and their stories, Singers and songmakers, Traditional singing and the media and Narrative singing today.

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Author Hugh Shields
Publisher Irish Academic Press
Publication date 1 Jan 2010
Format Paperback
ISBN/EAN 9780716525004

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