Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Flowing TidesHistory and Memory in an Irish Soundscape$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 27 May 2020

Hearth and Clachan

Hearth and Clachan

The Musical Year in Rural Clare

(p.121) 4 Hearth and Clachan
Flowing Tides

Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin

Oxford University Press

While inbound musical currents gathered pace throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, it is naive to assume that the host culture they encountered was hermetically sealed in a remote backwater. Life for most musicians in rural Ireland until the 1960s was governed by the cyclical calendars of season and church, the latter a result of centuries of global cultural flows since the early Christian period. Drawing on ethnographic and musical evidence, chapter 4 investigates this calendar and the socio-religious and the work rituals that held it together. Following the work cycles and feast days of the agricultural year—through Christianized, if thinly disguised, Celtic festivals: Imbolg, Bealtaine, Lúnasa, and Samhain—musicians evoke memories of the cuaird (visit) and house dance, wren days, matchmaking and weddings, May Day rituals, and harvest time dances.

Keywords:   musical year, cyclical calendar, matchmaking, wedding dances, St. Patrick’s Day, crossroad dancing, harvest time dances, musical superstitions, wren boys/wren dances, musical dinnsheanchas

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .