Focus: Irish Traditional Music, Second Edition introduces the instrumental and vocal musics of the Irish diaspora and Celtic tradition, exploring the essential values underlying these rich musical cultures while placing them in broader historical and social context. With both the undergraduate and graduate student in mind, the text weaves together past and present, bringing together important ideas about Irish music from a variety of sources and presenting them, in three parts, within interdisciplinary lenses of history, film, politics, poetry, and art:
New to this edition are discussions of those contemporary issues reflective of Ireland’s dramatic political and cultural shifts in the decade since first publication, issues concerning equity and inclusion, white nationalism, the Irish Traveller community, hip hop and punk, and more. Pedagogical features—such as discussion questions, a glossary, a timeline of key dates, and expanded references, as well as an online soundtrack—ensure that readers of Focus: Irish Traditional Music, Second Edition will be able to grasp Ireland's important social and cultural contexts and apply that understanding to traditional and contemporary vocal and instrumental music today.
PART I: Irish Music in Place and Time / 1. Looking In from the Outside / 2. Roots and Branches of Gaelic Ireland / 3. "Hang All Harpers Where Found" / PART II: Music Traditions Abroad and at Home / 4. Musics of the "Celtic" Nations / 5. The Green Fields of America / 6. Irish Instrumental Music / PART III: Focusing In: Vocal Music in Irish-Gaelic and English / 7. Vocal Music in Irish-Gaelic / 8. Vocal Music in English / 9. New Contexts for Music and Dance
The Focus on World Music Series is designed specifically for area courses in world music and ethnomusicology. Written by the top ethnomusicologists in their field, the Focus books balance sound pedagogy with exemplary scholarship. Each book provides a telescopic view of the musics and cultures addressed, giving the reader a general introduction on the music and culture of the area and then zooming in on different musical styles with in-depth case studies.