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Celtic modern : music at the global fringe
Stokes, Martin.
Publication Information:
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, [2003]

Physical Description:
vii, 293 pages ; 22 cm.
Shared imaginations : Celtic and Corsican encounters in the soundscape of the soul / Caroline Bithell -- Celtic Australia : bush bands, Irish music, folk music, and the new nationalism / Graeme Smith -- Diasporic legacies : place, politics, and music among the Ottawa Valley Irish / Johanne Devlin Trew -- Policing tradition : Scottish pipe band competition and the role of the composer / Jerry Cadden -- Tradition and imaginary : Irish traditional music and the Celtic phenomenon / Scott Reiss -- "Home is living like a man on the run" : John Cale's Welsh Atlantic / Dai Griffiths -- The Apollos of Shamrockery : traditional musics in the modern age / Fintan Vallely -- "Celtitude, " professionalism, and the Fest Noz in traditional music in Brittany / Desi Wilkinson -- "You cannae take your music stand into a pub" : a conversation with Stan Reeves about traditional music education in Scotland / Peter Symon -- Afterword : Gaelicer than thou / Timothy D. Taylor.

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The study of 'Celtic' culture has been locked within modern nationalist paradigms, shaped by contemporary media, tourism, and labor migration. Celtic Modern collects critical essays on the global circulation of Celtic music, and the place of music in the construction of Celtic 'Imaginaries'. It provides detailed case studies of the global dimensions of Celtic music in Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Brittany, and amongst Diasporas in Canada, the United States and Australia, with specific reference to pipe bands, traditional music education in Edinburgh, the politics of popular/traditional crossover in Ireland, and the Australian bush band phenomenon. Contributors include performer musicians as well as academic writers. Critique necessitates reflexivity, and all of the contributors, active and in many cases professional musicians as well as writers, reflect in their essays on their own contributions to these kind of encounters. Thus, this resource offers an opportunity to reflect critically on some of the insistent 'othering' that has accompanied much cultural production in and on the Celtic World, and that have prohibited serious critical engagement with what are sometimes described as the 'traditional' and 'folk' music of Europe.

Author Notes

Martin Stokes is Associate Professor of Music and also the College Lecturer in Social Anthropology and Ethnomusicology at the University of Chicago. He has won the Leverhulme Trust award, the Curl Lectureship from London's Royal Anthropological Institute, a fellowship from the Howard Foundation, and a residential fellowship from the Franke Humanities Institute at the University of Chicago. Philip V. Bohlman is the Mary Werkam Professor of Music and Jewish Studies, and of the Humanities at the University of Chicago, where he is also chair of Jewish Studies. His research and publications cover a wide range of topics, from folk and popular music in Europe and North America, music and religion, the Middle East, and the intersections of music with nationalism and racism. Among his most recent publications are World Music: A Very Short Introduction (2002), The Folk Songs of Ashkenaz (with Otto Holzapfel, 2001), and Music and the Racial Imagination (coedited with Ronald Radano, 2000). The Music of European Nationalism: Political Change and Modern History is forthcoming.

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Choice Review

The 11 sophisticated and valuable essays grouped here analyze Irish, Scottish, Welsh, and Breton musics in a number of cultural contexts and venues, shedding light on the role of musical traditions in the modern world. The concept, but even more the sound, of Celtic--and particularly Irish--music has played a significant role in nationalist movements in Europe, North America, and Australia. The essays deal with such issues as personal and group identity in music, traditional folk and popular musics and their combination, the role of music in diasporas, and folk and traditional music revivals. The contributors include ethnomusicologists and other music scholars and musicians from Europe, North America, and Australia. All have interesting things to say about their personal relationships to and involvement in Celtic music. The collection is significant for its substantive content and because of the special role that the phenomenon of Celtic music has played in the rethinking of fundamental ideas about the place of music in contemporary culture. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Of interest primarily to scholars and students with a background in ethnomusicology and cultural studies. B. Nettl University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Table of Contents

Martin Stokes and Philip V. BohlmanCaroline BithellGraeme SmithJohanne Devlin TrewJerry CaddenScott ReissDai GriffithsFintan VallelyDesi WilkinsonPeter SymonTimothy D. Taylor
Introductionp. 1
1 Shared Imaginations: Celtic and Corsican Encounters in the Soundscape of the Soulp. 27
2 Celtic Australia: Bush Bands, Irish Music, Folk Music, and the New Nationalismp. 73
3 Diasporic Legacies: Place, Politics, and Music among the Ottawa Valley Irishp. 93
4 Policing Tradition: Scottish Pipe Band Competition and the Role of the Composerp. 119
5 Tradition and Imaginary: Irish Traditional Music and the Celtic Phenomenonp. 145
6 "Home Is Living Like a Man on the Run": John Cale's Welsh Atlanticp. 171
7 The Apollos of Shamrockery: Traditional Musics in the Modern Agep. 201
8 "Celtitude," Professionalism, and the Fest Noz in Traditional Music in Brittanyp. 219
9 "You Cannae Take Your Music Stand into a Pub": A Conversation with Stan Reeves about Traditional Music Education in Scotlandp. 257
10 Afterword: Gaelicer Than Thoup. 275
Indexp. 285
About the Contributorsp. 291