On a Rock in the Middle of the Ocean
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illustrated ed
Scarecrow Press
Mac Ruairi, Eamonn/Ruairi, Belle Mhic
241 x 165 x 31 mm
748 g
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Contains 1 Hardback and 1 Audio disc
On a Rock in the Middle of the Ocean

On a Rock in the Middle of the Ocean

Songs and Singers in Tory Island, Ireland

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Taking as its subject the small Gaelic-speaking community of Tory Island off the Donegal coast of Ireland, this book tries to answer the deceptively simple question of why people sing. By focusing on aspects of song transmission and performance, showing how early exposure to musical culture leads certain individuals to be singled out and given special encouragement to express themselves, O Laoire offers a meticulous exposition of the links between music, text, and performance. The argument that the interpretation of songs to reveal particular worlds of meaning is a widespread human activity, found in similar configurations at both global and local levels, is made, and, in Tory's context, the book further asserts that such mediation contributes to a strongly realized sense of identity and historical continuity among the islanders. The book includes an audio CD of folk music from Tory Island, featuring traditional ballads, tunes, and dances.
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...an important and valuable publication....a work of considerable authority, perceptively written by a scholar and musician was has had a particularly close and enduring personal relationship with his subject.... * Ethnomusicology Forum * ...a fascinating and well-written book... * Folk Music Journal * ...brilliant...fascinating....detailed and subtle.... * Irish Times, June 30, 2007 *

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Lillis O Laoire teaches Irish Folklore, language, and literature at the National University of Ireland, Galway. His essay "Irish Music 1800-2000" appears in The Cambridge Companion to Modern Ireland.


Part 1 Acknowledgments Part 2 Introduction: Tory Island Songs and Singers Chapter 3 1. Foundations: Toward an Ethnography Chapter 4 2. Ethnography: Practice and Theory Chapter 5 3. Lifting and Learning Chapter 6 4. The Mechanics of the Aesthetic Chapter 7 5. Performance of Song in Tory Chapter 8 6. The Emotional Matrix of Dance and Song Chapter 9 7. The Meaning of Song: An Interpretive Case Study Chapter 10 8. Song: Play, Performance, and Tragedy Chapter 11 9. Laughter and Tears Chapter 12 10. On a Rock in the Middle of the Ocean Part 13 Appendix A: Music Sheet for Song Part 14 Appendix B: Compact Disc Tracks with Song Lyrics Part 15 Appendix C: List of Compact Disc Tracks with Timings Part 16 Bibliography Part 17 Index