More than buzzing bluebottles: new contexts for Irish céilí bands

Daithí Kearney

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Abstract

Though Irish traditional music is often referred to as a solo tradition, throughout the twentieth century various forms of ensemble playing emerged and developed. Affected by changing social contexts, audience preferences and even government legislation, the céilí band has become one of the most recognisable ensemble styles in Irish traditional music. Usually comprising of various melodic permutations of accordion, fiddle, flute, uilleann pipes, concertina and banjo, the sound is defined by the performance of these in unison with rhythmic and harmonic accompaniment on piano and drums.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationÓn gCos go Cluas
Subtitle of host publicationFrom Dancing to Listening
EditorsLiz Doherty, Fintan Vallely
PublisherAberdeen University Press
Chapter15
Pages126-135
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)978-1-85752-073-6
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventNorth Atlantic Fiddle Convention Conference - Northern Ireland, Derry/Londonderry, United Kingdom
Duration: 27 Jun 20121 Jul 2012

Publication series

NameFiddle and Dance Studies from around the North Atlantic 5

Conference

ConferenceNorth Atlantic Fiddle Convention Conference
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityDerry/Londonderry
Period27/06/121/07/12

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    Kearney, D. (2019). More than buzzing bluebottles: new contexts for Irish céilí bands. In L. Doherty, & F. Vallely (Eds.), Ón gCos go Cluas: From Dancing to Listening (pp. 126-135). (Fiddle and Dance Studies from around the North Atlantic 5). Aberdeen University Press.