Celtic Modern: Music at the Global Fringe

Celtic Modern: Music at the Global Fringe

by Martin Stokes
     
 

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The study of 'Celtic' culture has been locked within modern nationalist paradigms, shaped by contemporary media, tourism, and labor migration. Celtic Modern collects critical essays on the global circulation of Celtic music, and the place of music in the construction of Celtic 'Imaginaries'. It provides detailed case studies of the global dimensions of Celtic music in

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The study of 'Celtic' culture has been locked within modern nationalist paradigms, shaped by contemporary media, tourism, and labor migration. Celtic Modern collects critical essays on the global circulation of Celtic music, and the place of music in the construction of Celtic 'Imaginaries'. It provides detailed case studies of the global dimensions of Celtic music in Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Brittany, and amongst Diasporas in Canada, the United States and Australia, with specific reference to pipe bands, traditional music education in Edinburgh, the politics of popular/traditional crossover in Ireland, and the Australian bush band phenomenon. Contributors include performer musicians as well as academic writers. Critique necessitates reflexivity, and all of the contributors, active and in many cases professional musicians as well as writers, reflect in their essays on their own contributions to these kind of encounters. Thus, this resource offers an opportunity to reflect critically on some of the insistent 'othering' that has accompanied much cultural production in and on the Celtic World, and that have prohibited serious critical engagement with what are sometimes described as the 'traditional' and 'folk' music of Europe.

Editorial Reviews

Music Research Forum
...the collection is necessary for academic consideration of the Celtic genre and is consequently thought-provoking—strikingly so on the issues of commercialism and the integration of "innovation" into "tradition."
Popular Music
The book certainly raises questions, and avoids the pat answers to questions of identity and location provided by the growing number of popularisations of the field currently available...
Choice
Sophisticated and valuable essays...The collection is significant for its substantive content and because of the special role that the phenomenon of Celtic music has played in the rethinking of fundamental ideas about the place of music in contemporary culture. Summing Up: Recommended.
Notes: Quarterly Journal of Music Library Association, DECEMBER 2004
Celtic Modern creates a sense of dialogue across disciplines, ethnicities, and generations....the book has value for ethnomusicologists, folklorists, and participants involved with many musics.
CHOICE
Sophisticated and valuable essays...The collection is significant for its substantive content and because of the special role that the phenomenon of Celtic music has played in the rethinking of fundamental ideas about the place of music in contemporary culture. Summing Up: Recommended.
Notes: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association, DECEMBER 2004 - vol. 61
Celtic Modern creates a sense of dialogue across disciplines, ethnicities, and generations....the book has value for ethnomusicologists, folklorists, and participants involved with many musics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780585482828
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
09/15/2003
Series:
Europea: Ethnomusicologies and Modernities
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
302
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Martin Stokes is Associate Professor of Music and also the College Lecturer in Social Anthropology and Ethnomusicology at the University of Chicago. He has won the Leverhulme Trust award, the Curl Lectureship from London's Royal Anthropological Institute, a fellowship from the Howard Foundation, and a residential fellowship from the Franke Humanities Institute at the University of Chicago. Philip V. Bohlman is the Mary Werkam Professor of Music and Jewish Studies, and of the Humanities at the University of Chicago, where he is also chair of Jewish Studies. His research and publications cover a wide range of topics, from folk and popular music in Europe and North America, music and religion, the Middle East, and the intersections of music with nationalism and racism. Among his most recent publications are World Music: A Very Short Introduction (2002), The Folk Songs of Ashkenaz (with Otto Holzapfel, 2001), and Music and the Racial Imagination (coedited with Ronald Radano, 2000). The Music of European Nationalism: Political Change and Modern History is forthcoming.

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