Liz Doherty, Fintan Vallely

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Traditional music has moved from a primary purpose of servicing dance, to expressing artistic preference. This is particularly so for the fiddle, one of the most versatile, accessible and universal of acoustic instruments. The 2012 NAFCo conference set out to explore its current popularity in North Atlantic musics in terms of the shift of folk cultures’ interest from social process to aesthetic product. The outer fringes of traditional melody-making
now shade into other forms – jazz, contemporary classical, rock and pop – and indeed the antithesis of genre,so-called ‘world’ music. In 2012 we asked the questions: ‘Is Alan Lomax’s
“cultural grey-out” to become reality?’ and, ‘Will traditional fiddling decompose into a cloud of intermeshed idioms and clichés expounded with fabulous but empty virtuosity?’
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 pages2
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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