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Flowing Tides: History and Memory in an Irish Soundscape

Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin


Despite its isolation on the western edge of Europe, Ireland occupies vast amounts of space on the music maps of the world. Deeply rooted in time and place, yet viscous and nomadic, Irish songs, dances, and instrumental traditions have a history of global travel that spans the centuries. Whether carried by exiles or distributed by commercial networks, Irish traditional music is now one of the most popular world music genres. Clare, on Ireland’s Atlantic seaboard, enjoys unrivaled status as the “home of the music,” a magnet for tourists and aficionados eager to enjoy the authentic sounds of Ire ... More

Keywords: history, memory, Irish music, soundscape, ethnomusicology, Great Famine, cultural flow, lifeworlds, diaspora, tourism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199380084
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199380084.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin, author
Johnson Chair in Quebec and Canadian Irish Studies, Concordia University