Néillidh Boyle: replacing traditional concepts of storytelling in exploration of the acoustic art

Katie Boyle

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Néillidh Boyle (1889–1961) was an exceptional musician, performer, composer and folklorist. His music typifies that of a Master of the Art of Fiddle Playing, within both the Donegal Fiddle idiom to which he belongs and the wider Irish Traditional Music paradigm. He was born in Pennsylvania to emigrant parents from Donegal, but returned to Ireland at the age of ten where he pursued a long and successful career as a musician, spending his final year in Glasgow, Scotland. His music reflects the historical and geographical context of his life, and his perspective on traditional Irish music was conditioned by an underlying fear of its eventual disappearance. Néillidh made the unusual decision to voice these opinions, recording them along with his music, and providing an insight to the thoughts at the core of his playing.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationÓn gCos go Cluas
Subtitle of host publicationFrom Dancing to Listening
EditorsLiz Doherty, Fintan Vallely
PublisherAberdeen University Press
Number of pages8
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


ConferenceNorth Atlantic Fiddle Convention Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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