Change and stability in Irish-American-Newfoundland fiddle tunes

Evelyn Osborne

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The fiddle music in Newfoundland and Labrador is a confluence of music from Scotland, Britain, Ireland and France, with a wide variety of influences from Canada and the United States. This article considers the impact of one Irish-American vaudeville group from New York on the instrumental music of Newfoundland and Labrador – the McNulty Family, which was part of the thriving New York Irish scene from the 1920s until the 1960s. From 1944
until 1974, their music had a significant presence on the airwaves of Newfoundland through a radio show sponsored by a local clothing store. At this time, the Newfoundland traditional music recording industry was only just emerging and the McNulty’s popularity was part of the development of the Irish-Newfoundland music sound and recording repertoire. This study is based on newspaper, discography, archival and ethnographic research in both New York and Newfoundland. It investigates the McNultys’ influence on the repertoire of Newfoundland traditional recording artists from the 1950s to today in general, and, related to this, it compares stability and change in two instrumental tunes performed by the group
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 pages14
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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