For many people, Aran is, as Tim Robinson observes, ‘Ireland to the power of two’. It is for this particular reason that the islands are often assumed to have sustained over time a rich music tradition. In song, they certainly have, but in instrumental music, not so much, largely for two related reasons: access to instruments; and the nature of music transmission. Access to instruments came much later to Aran than to other parts of Ireland because of its island location and shortage of local materials such as timber and metal; but primarily it was because of poverty, particularly in the nineteenth century, a period defined by recurrent famine and population decline.
|Title of host publication||Ón gCos go Cluas|
|Subtitle of host publication||From Dancing to Listening|
|Editors||Liz Doherty, Fintan Vallely|
|Publisher||Aberdeen University Press|
|Number of pages||12|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|
|Event||North Atlantic Fiddle Convention Conference - Northern Ireland, Derry/Londonderry, United Kingdom|
Duration: 27 Jun 2012 → 1 Jul 2012
|Name||Fiddle and Dance Studies from around the North Atlantic 5|
|Conference||North Atlantic Fiddle Convention Conference|
|Period||27/06/12 → 1/07/12|
Ní Chonghaile, D. (2019). ‘Bhíodh muid ag damhsa go maidin’: dance, music, and community in Árainn. In L. Doherty, & F. Vallely (Eds.), Ón gCos go Cluas: From Dancing to Listening (pp. 195-206). (Fiddle and Dance Studies from around the North Atlantic 5). Aberdeen University Press.