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The Globalization of Irish Traditional Song Performance

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In The Globalization of Irish Traditional Song Performance Susan Motherway examines the ways in which performers mediate the divide between local and global markets by negotiating this dichotomy in performance practice. In so doing, she discusses the globalizing processes that exert transformative influences upon traditional musics and examines the response to these influences by Irish traditional song performers. In developing this thesis the book provides an overview of the genre and its subgenres, illustrates patterns of musical change extant within the tradition as a result of globalization, and acknowledges music as a medium for re-negotiating an Irish cultural identity within the global. Given Ireland's long history of emigration and colonisation, globalization is recognised as both a synchronic and a diachronic phenomenon. Motherway thus examines Anglo-Irish song and songs of the Irish Diaspora. Her analysis reaches beyond essentialist definitions of the tradition to examine evolving sub-genres such as Country & Irish, Celtic and World Music.

She also recognizes the singing traditions of other ethnic groups on the island of Ireland including Orange-Order, Ulster-Scots and Traveller song. In so doing, she shows the disparity between native conceptions and native realities in respect to Irish cultural Identity.

Music & DanceMusic BooksMusic: styles & genresFolk & traditional music Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd Publication Date: 15/03/2013 ISBN-13: 9781409434238  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Susan Motherway is a lecturer in music at the Institute of Technology, Tralee. She studied ethnomusicology at the University of Limerick under Dr John Morgan O'Connell and was awarded a PhD in 2009 for her thesis 'Mediating the Divide: The Globalization of Irish Traditional Song Performance'. Susan received the title of 'Visiting Research Associate' from Queens University Belfast (2005/2006). She has contributed many articles to the Continuum Encyclopaedia of Popular Music, The Companion to Irish Traditional Music, and The Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland. Her papers are published in the Conference Proceedings of ICTM Music & Minorities Conference (2006) and ICTM Ireland's publication Ancestral Imprints: Histories of Irish Traditional Music and Dance. Susan plays concertina, concert flute and piano. She has been a long-time performer with Siamsa Tire, The National Folk Theatre of Ireland.

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