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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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Desi Wilkinson

From Donegal to Senegal: An experience of the process of collaboration in intercultural ensemble practice by Desi Wilkinson     Introduction People ‘get together’ (or are voluntarily organised in ensembles or groups) for a wide variety of context specific and socially meaningful reasons.[1] Symphony orchestras, ritual performance groupings, friendship groupings or professional bands; each shares […]

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Niall Keegan

The Linguistic Turn at the Turn of the Tune: the language of ‘contemporary ensemble’ in Irish traditional music. by Niall Keegan The English language plays a pivotal role in ensembles as they exist in the world of what is called traditional Irish music.[1] If we take the linguistic turn, this language is essentially encultured, bring […]

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Tim Cooley

Playing Together and Solitary Play: Musicking and Surfing by Timothy J. Cooley (Cuailgne) Ensemble. Something happens when we music together. We’ve all felt it. Maybe it was the church, school, or university choir when during mid-motet something clicked and you lost a bit of yourself while simultaneously gaining an ensemble. Or maybe it was dancing—another form […]

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EDITOR’S PREFACE – Colin Quigley

Editor’s Preface This is the inaugural volume of Ethnomusicology Ireland, the journal of the Irish National Committee of the International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM Ireland). It is our intention that the contents of our journal, like the activities of the society itself, reflect the range of music played, studied, and researched on the island […]

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