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New Book: Music, Emotion and Identity in Ulster Marching Bands

Gordon Ramsey MUSIC, EMOTION AND IDENTITY IN ULSTER MARCHING BANDS Flutes, Drums and Loyal Sons Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2011. XIV, 334 pp. Peter Lang Publishing Group     Synopsis: Ulster’s marching bands form perhaps the most vibrant participatory folk music tradition in contemporary Europe, and are one of […]

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New book on fiddler Ben Lennon: The Tailor’s Twist

The Tailor’s Twist A study in text, photographs and graphic design of the fiddler Ben Lennon of Kiltyclogher, Co. Leitrim.   Ben Lennon is known widely as a stylistic performer and teacher in the national and international world of Irish Traditional music. He began playing the fiddle at the age of ten, growing up in an atmosphere […]

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New Publication from the Irish Traditional Music Archive

ITMA are pleased to announce the release of its latest publication All the days of his life : Eddie Butcher in his own words : songs, stories and memories of Magilligan, Co Derry is the latest publication in the Studies in Irish traditional music / Taighde ar cheol dúchais Éireann series from the Irish Traditional […]

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Anthropological Association of Ireland Conference

The Art of Anthropology 2 – 3 September 2011 School of Art & Design University of Ulster York Street Belfast BT15 1ED Keynote Speaker: Professor Sarah Pink (Loughborough University) CALL FOR PAPERS The Anthropological Association of Ireland invites conference papers from postgraduates and established scholars on the visual and visuality in contemporary societies, and more […]

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PhD Scholarship in Music and Urban Regeneration – UCC

Three-year PhD Scholarship in Music and Urban Regeneration at Music Department, University College Cork, Ireland What role might music-related outreach initiatives play in the revitalization of urban communities? How does music interact with other cultural practices in fostering community and renewal in the city? What form might an effective community outreach music project take? What […]

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CONTRIBUTORS

Gordon Ramsay was born in Ireland and raised in England. He had a varied military and civilian career  before entering Queen’s University.  His (2009) doctoral thesis was based on an ethnography of Ulster marching bands and focused on the relationships between aesthetic pleasure, embodied skills and political commitment as foundations of identity. Desi Wilkinson teaches […]

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Gordon Ramsey

BAND PRACTICE: CLASS, TASTE AND IDENTITY IN ULSTER LOYALIST FLUTE BANDS By Gordon Ramsey     Introduction Parading to fife and drum has been part of working-class culture in Ulster since the 1780s, when the practice was popularised by part-time military forces such as the Volunteers and Yeomanry.[1] The marching flute-band became the dominant musical […]

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Karen Power

Technology, Performance, and Presence by Karen Power     This paper examines how current creative technological trends are affecting both the concept of ‘performers’ and, indeed, the performance space, within contemporary music practices. Through the increasing use of technology, alongside the increasing inadequacies of our standard Western art notational language composers and performers are exploring […]

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