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Companion to Irish Traditional Music
Companion to Irish Traditional Music


 
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Authors: Fintan Vallely
Publication Year: Hardback, 2nd edition November 2011
Pages: 856
Size: 245 x 175mm

ISBN: 9781859184509
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The Companion to Irish Traditional Music is a landmark, easy to use A-Z format for studying, exploring and researching one of Ireland's most universally recognisable cultural expressions.

Among the existing publications on Irish traditional music there are works of monumental initiative and deservedly enduring status. But the radical development in this music scene since the 1960s mark it now as an established part of Irish cultural life and demand new kinds of information. The commercial side of the music has evolved and consolidated, generating a new set of standards, popular music dynamics and significant music tourism. The music's expanding profile within the academic system too has created fresh approaches to playing and study, with a growth of academic research interest, and many major studies published or presently under way. In relevant and accessible ways The Companion uniquely draws together the oldness and newness in all of this: the practice and the study, the aesthetics and the analysis, the competing interests and diverse ideals.

The editor Fintan Vallely is himself an accomplished musician and music writer. He has harnessed the expertise of some 200 specialists from all aspects of traditional music, who in more than half a million words and 300 images present the most comprehensive image of Irish traditional music ever assembled. This detailed mosaic is coloured by history, ideology, scholarship, virtuosity, romance, satisfaction, pride and internationalism, all appropriately flagged by the cover's use of Maclise's fabulously energetic Snap Apple Night.

This second edition is not only revised but also greatly expanded, and has much new information, including material never before printed and unavailable elsewhere. In 1,750 individual articles and as many more sub-sections The Companion gives A-Z coverage of song, dance, instruments, bands, storytelling, technology, tunes and style, composition, organisations and promotion, education and transmission, collectors and archives, revival, broadcasting and recording, English, Scottish and Welsh music and song, and music in all Irish counties, Europe and the USA. This commentary and analysis is linked to an historical timeline which spans three millennia, and a publications listing that covers three centuries. Six hundred biographies detail the human endeavour of the field, documenting significant musicians, commentators, historians, promoters and composers, and extended entries cover major themes such as song, dance, education and the elements of style.

The Companion to Irish Traditional Music is a key reference for the interested enthusiast, session player and professional performer. It is also a profoundly comprehensive, one-stop resource for every library, school and home with an interest in the distinctive rituals, qualities and history of Irish culture. And it is a vital resource for all levels in education, particularly valuable at third level as both textbook and research resource. The book is uniquely backed by the provision of a parallel website www.companion.ie - which guides structured exploration of the text and fully integrates it with the existing vast and magnificent range of traditional music internet resources.

Fintan Vallely lectures and writes on Irish traditional music and is the author of Tuned Out - Traditional Music and Identity in Northern Ireland

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The Companion To Irish Traditional Music Second May 17, 2012
Reviewer: Wisconsin Bookwatch March 2012 from Republic of Ireland  
The  Companion To Irish Traditional Music  Second Edition   is a complete  compact encyclopedia to the vast field of Irish traditional music in over 800 pages  heavily researched  documented  and cleverly organized with alphabetical indices  a list of abbreviations  plus introductory guide to using the Companion to find desired information. In addition to 761 pages of alphabetically arranged information entries regarding individuals  bands  performers  styles  critics  areas specialties  related literature  and much more  there is a Chronology or Timeline of Irish Music in History that spans from 5935 BC to 2011  and a list of Published material relating to Traditional Music  containing useful publications and resources on specific traditional instruments  collections  studies  ethnographies  overviews  popular music  song collections  and more. Filled with both black and white illustrations and succinct summaries of an unimaginable wealth of detailed information on modern and historical applications of Irish traditional music  the  Companion to Irish Traditional Music  presents a tapestry of glittering song lore in a carefully organized format. The list of contributors and acknowledgements is vast and impressive  as might be expected. Useful to the traditional Irish music student  teacher  or beneficiary   fan    the  Companion to Irish Traditional Music  Second Edition   is an essential component of any music library and many private connoisseurs  collection. Many thanks are due to editor Fintan Vallely and all his contributors for this much appreciated edition.

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Much has clearly happened in the near decade and a March 22, 2012
Reviewer: Michael Quinn Songlines from Republic of Ireland  
Much has clearly happened in the near decade and a half since Fintan Vallely s landmark Companion to Irish Traditional Music first appeared in 1999. Enough to merit this substantially revised second edition. Writing with wisdom  insight and an involving enthusiasm for the subject  Vallely and his contributors have produced a minor miracle of a book.

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This is the second edition of a similarly titled February 27, 2012
Reviewer: Derek Schofield English Dance Song magazine from Republic of Ireland  
This is the second edition of a similarly titled  book  published in 1999. But it s hardly a simple  revision: the Companion has almost doubled in  size to over 800 pages and contains  apparently   I haven t counted them all   1 750 articles and  600 biographies  although there are 5 000  individuals and bands listed in the person index .  The scope of the Companion is wide    music  dance  song  instruments  organisations   education  archives  the revival and the tradition   performers and styles. There s an entry for each  Irish county  with details of the styles of music   events  sessions  collecting  organisations and  key traditional musicians. Neighbouring countries  have substantial sections on their own traditional  music and dance  but when it comes to the USA  and Australia  for example  the focus is on Irish  music within those countries. Irish music in  London is covered admirably by Reg Hall and  others  but I could not find similar entries for  Liverpool  Birmingham and other British cities  with sizeable Irish communities.  The list of contributors   200 of them   is  impressive and includes Nicholas Carolan   Director of the Irish Traditional Music Archive    broadcaster and researcher Harry Bradshaw   dance specialist Catherine Foley  and the editor   Fintan Vallely  who has done an excellent job  pulling it all together. There is also a timeline and  extensive bibliography  plus a complementary  website  www.companion.ie  The Companion has already stimulated work  on a similar publication for Cape Breton  traditional music  so I wonder if an English  publisher could be prompted to instigate a guide  to English traditional music?  This really is an essential  authoritative guide  for anyone interested in Irish music  or anyone  interested in the interplay between Irish and  British traditional music.    Copyright English Dance   Song magazine

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