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Readership: Students and scholars of musicology, ethnomusicology, American studies, American history, Irish culture/history/music, gender studies, and diaspora studies; general readers interested in Irish music, Irish-American history, and Joe Heaney
Sean Williams, Professor of Ethnomusicology, Evergreen State College, and Lillis Ó Laoire, writing instructor, Loyola Marymount University
Sean Williams teaches ethnomusicology, Irish Studies, and Asian Studies at The Evergreen State College. She has written and edited several books, including The Sound of the Ancestral Ship: Highland Music of West Java (2001) and Focus: Irish Traditional Music (2010).
Lillis Ó Laoire is an award winning Gaelic singer, scholar, and writer from the Gaelic speaking region of Donegal, Ireland. He teaches courses in Gaelic language, culture and folklore at the National University of Ireland, Galway, and his publications include On a Rock in the Middle of the Ocean: Songs and Singers in Tory Island, Ireland (2005).
"rich in detail and interest" - Songlines
Introduction: Singing the Dark Away
1.: Sean-nós Singing
1. Sean-nós Singing in Theory and Practice
2. The Performance of Sean-nós in Connemara
2.: The Iconic Repertoire
3. Singing the Famine
4. The Religious Laments
5. The Medieval Transformed
3.: Masculinity in a Musical Context
6. Irish Masculinities: The Irish Tenor and the Sean-nós Singer
7. Fighting Words, Fighting Music: The Performative Male
4.: Joe Heaney in America
8. The Irishman at the Threshold
9. The Folk Revival and the Search for Authenticity
Guide to Pronunciation