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Flowing TidesHistory and Memory in an Irish Soundscape$
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Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199380084

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199380084.001.0001

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Fifers, Tans, and Jazzers

Fifers, Tans, and Jazzers

Soundscape in Transition

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Flowing Tides

Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin

Oxford University Press

This chapter follows the trajectory of Clare’s traditional soundscape from the early 1900s through the War of Independence (1919–1921) and Civil War (1922–1923) into the Jazz Age of the 1920s and 1930s. It focuses on the socio-militarism of fife and drum and brass and reed bands and the manner in which they spawned traditional dance (céilí) bands throughout rural Clare. The musical fallout of political violence—the War of Independence—is dealt with from the subaltern perspective of musicians and dancers, as is the impact of the roaring twenties and its Jazz Age in rural communities. Chapter 3 concludes with a consideration of postwar depression (the hungry forties) and the diaspora of music makers from remote frugal lifeworlds in the West of Ireland.

Keywords:   Captain Francis O’Neill, brass and reed bands, fife and drum bands, dancing master, Gaelic League, Black and Tans, Dance Hall Act, hungry forties, Jack Mulkere, Seán Reid

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