The works of musicians are informed, inspired, and populated by what they perceive in the world in which they live. The music reflects and is reflected by the physical environment, the social atmosphere, the political and cultural history, the religion, the language, and the arts of a given place.
The Irish perspective is saturated with the country’s past. This informs the music in several different ways. We don’t see this as much in the Irish-American memory.
The Music of Ireland
The Music of Ireland<br />Understanding Traditional Music as It Relates to History and Culture<br />
(A Brief Aside Regarding the Bookshelf Project)<br />The International Book Project (IBP)<br />Committed last fall to providing bookshelves and books to every new Lexington Habitat family<br />Will this become an annual program?<br />Will it be possible to expand this program to other cities and states?<br />Madison Co. and Clark Co. programs remain established and self-sufficient.<br />
Why Ireland? <br />Music Major – Considering Ethnomusicology<br />Traditional music of particular interest<br />USAC program in Galway offers class on Irish music<br />[Picture(s)]<br />
But Why Was It Important to Go There? <br />[Picture(s)]<br />More Profound Understanding<br />Music as memory<br />Appreciation of art requires some familiarity, empathy<br />Knowledge of place and culture necessary<br />
Fixation on the Past, on Loss<br />Ireland’s hardships<br />Poor farming land<br />Famines<br />Emigration<br />Oppression<br />Economic Struggles<br />The Celtic Tiger<br />In Music:<br />Sorrow <br />Longing<br />But also:<br />Self-awareness<br />Sense of humor<br />
Ireland and its Dead <br />A sense that the dead are not quite gone.<br />Funding for Dublin’s Glasnevin Cemetery<br />Michael Collins’ grave<br />[Picture of Glasnevin]<br />[Picture of Michael Collins/Grave]<br />
The Importance of History<br />[Illustration/Photo related to Irish Revolutionary Movements]<br />[Photo of protests in Northern Ireland/Bernadette Devlin McAliskey]<br />The events of the past remain relevant<br />Especially in Politics<br />Enmity towards Britain<br />Ongoing hostilities in Northern Ireland<br />
What I’ve Taken Away<br />A more complete appreciation of Irish music<br />Relative freedom from prior nostalgic delusions<br />Doubts about going into Ethnomusicology<br />[Irish landscape]<br />