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O'Brien Pocket History of Irish Traditional Music (Pocket Books) by [hAllmhurain, Gearoid O]
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The history of Irish traditional music, song and dance from the mythological harp of the Dagda right up to Riverdance. Exploring an abundant spectrum of historical sources, music and folklore, this guide uncovers the contribution of the Normans to Irish dancing, the role of the music maker in Penal Ireland, as well as the popularity of dance tunes and set dancing from the end of the 18th century. It also follows the music of the Irish diaspora from as far apart as Newfoundland and the music halls of vaudeville to the musical tapestry of Irish America today.

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O hAllmhurain is a historian, anthropologist and authority on the history of Irish traditional music. He lectures at the University of San Francisco.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 565 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The O'Brien Press; 2 edition (Oct. 4 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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Like the title says, it is a pocket book, but a good one. At last we have historical and social contexts. As I'm from Québec city, I can affirm that its chapter on Québec-Irish form irish diaspora is very accurate. The research has been meticulously done. The author knows his stuff! The book point also that Irish were in Québec well before 1845 as freelancers "Wild Geese" in 1758-60 and rewarded with lands. So, irish dance music is absolutely present in Québec's style. As said, as an short history of Irish, their influences and by whom they were influenced and how they react is very instructive. We would have been liking to find more musicologist remarks on dance music in itself and in comparison with scottish and scandinavian musics. This would be a subject for a true history of the MUSIC not only the history of people making it, wich is very important all right.
A good book.
Paul Dubois, Québec.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9adc0144) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9adc9cc0) out of 5 stars Compact but far ranging Sept. 9 2004
By Virginia Allain - Published on
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It lacks an index, but helpful headings on almost every page help you find sections. Really "covers the map" including topics such as Irish Traditional Music in Quebec or The Scots-Irish in the Appalachians. It profiles important musicians in the history of Irish music, but I wanted more details on the recent (1970s-2000) artists.

The list of traditional music organizations, glossary, discography and note on session etiquette were useful.

Good for getting the basic background on Irish music, but I recommend taking a look at Far from the Shamrock Shore for a more emotional, yet historical look at the same topic.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9adc9d14) out of 5 stars great introduction to traditional Irish music June 9 2007
By johnnybird - Published on
Format: Paperback
This serves as a great introduction - not too large but plenty in it - to traditional Irish music. After an evening in a pub in the west of Ireland we picked this up in the airport shops on the way homeward. Highly recommended for musicians and certainly for fans of Irish and 'Celtic' music and culture.

Table of Contents

Music in Early and Medieval Ireland

Tudor and Stuart Ireland

Jacobites, Dancing Masters and the Penal Era

Music of the Exiles 1700-1830

Pipers, Spallpins and Patriots: Pre-Famine Ireland

Silence in the Land of Song: Post-Famine Ireland

Quebec to the Klondike: The Famine Diaspora

Records, Radios and Halls: `The New Century'

Ennis, Ó Riada and the Fleadh: A Tradition Restored

From Friels' Kitchen to the New Millennium

Glossary of Traditional Music Terms

Music, Song and Dance Collections

Traditional Music Organisations

Select Discography

A Note on Session Etiquette
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97eea168) out of 5 stars Finally a place to begin Sept. 6 2004
By Kelly Ann - Published on
Format: Paperback
I have been interested in Irish music for so long but never found a book that really covered the music in any kind of context. This is a brilliant handy little book which I have often used as an affordable gift. It covers all the historical bases as well as the modern groups and performers. Highly recommended!
HASH(0x97eea528) out of 5 stars Essential reading for anyone who enjoys seisiuns Nov. 24 2014
By L. Gough - Published on
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Better than I expected. The first half of the book does an excellent job of pulling together the impact of historical events upon the development of the music. The second half of the book focuses on the last fifty years or so. The author even explains the background of a few familiar tunes. There's a short but informative profile of Carolan. A very useful book.
HASH(0x97eea4d4) out of 5 stars Great, Short, Concise. March 8 2013
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This was an excellent overview of Irish history and the music that accompanied it. Stretching back into the middle age up to the turn of the millenia.