Trad Nation: Gender, Sexuality, and Race in Irish Traditional Music [Paperback]

Tes Slominski (Author)

ISBN: 9780819579287 | Published by: Wesleyan University Press | Series: Music/Culture | Year of Publication: 2020 | Language: English 256p, H279 x W216 (mm) 12 illus.

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Trad Nation


Just how “Irish” is traditional Irish music? Trad Nation combines ethnography, oral history, and archival research to challenge the longstanding practice of using ethnic nationalism as a framework for understanding vernacular music traditions. Tess Slominski argues that ethnic nationalism hinders this music’s development today and in an increasingly multiethnic Ireland. She discusses early-twentieth century women whose musical lives were shaped by Ireland’s struggles to become a nation; follows the career of Julia Clifford, a fiddler who lived much of her life in England, and explores the experiences of women, LGBTQ+ musicians, and musicians of color in the early-twenty-first century.

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