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Sounds from foreign shores: non-traditional string instruments and the Irish folk music movement 1960–1979

O Luain, BS and Forbes, AM ORCID: 0000-0002-0856-9168 2022 , 'Sounds from foreign shores: non-traditional string instruments and the Irish folk music movement 1960–1979' , Musicology Australia , pp. 1-31 , doi: 10.1080/08145857.2021.2004490.

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Abstract

The socio-political revolution of the 1960s and 1970s, and the simultaneous explosion in the commercialization of popular music, brought a period of rapid growth and change in Irish music, challenging divisions between folk and traditional music in both repertoire and instrumentation. This growth and change were driven by a diverse range of instrumental, structural and stylistic changes, coupled with a global investment in music and live performance as a commodity. Key ensembles such as The Dubliners, Sweeney’s Men, Planxty, The Bothy Band and others explored new timbres while establishing a distinctively Irish, yet individual sound. This article explores the ways in which non-traditional string instruments were integrated into Irish ensembles, the technical and stylistic adaptations that resulted, and the legacy of this formative period in Irish music.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:O Luain, BS and Forbes, AM
Keywords: Irish folk music movement, Irish traditional music, stringed instruments
Journal or Publication Title: Musicology Australia
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 0814-5857
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/08145857.2021.2004490
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Copyright 2022 Musicological Society of Australia

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