‘Bhíodh muid ag damhsa go maidin’: dance, music, and community in Árainn

Deirdre Ní Chonghaile

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For many people, Aran is, as Tim Robinson observes, ‘Ireland to the power of two’. It is for this particular reason that the islands are often assumed to have sustained over time a rich music tradition. In song, they certainly have, but in instrumental music, not so much, largely for two related reasons: access to instruments; and the nature of music transmission. Access to instruments came much later to Aran than to other parts of Ireland because of its island location and shortage of local materials such as timber and metal; but primarily it was because of poverty, particularly in the nineteenth century, a period defined by recurrent famine and population decline.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationÓn gCos go Cluas
Subtitle of host publicationFrom Dancing to Listening
EditorsLiz Doherty, Fintan Vallely
PublisherAberdeen University Press
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)978-1-85752-073-6
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventNorth Atlantic Fiddle Convention Conference - Northern Ireland, Derry/Londonderry, United Kingdom
Duration: 27 Jun 20121 Jul 2012

Publication series

NameFiddle and Dance Studies from around the North Atlantic 5


ConferenceNorth Atlantic Fiddle Convention Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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