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‘Artful communicators’ at the Tobar an Cheoil: Traditional Irish music and the transmission of Irish cultural identity

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Culture and cultural identity are formed, transmitted, and maintained when meaning is created and shared. Music is as capable of creating shared meaning as are verbal and visual communications. This study sought to use participant/observation and interviewing methodologies to explore the role of the session in creating an environment where traditional Irish music is free to transmit cultural values, beliefs and attitudes through their music as well as through fellowship and conversation. They found that both musicians and audience members believe music is a powerful cultural force in Ireland and that it will continue to be.
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Keywords: communication; folk music; national identity; session (seisiún); traditional Irish music; transmission of culture

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Augusta University

Publication date: April 1, 2017

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  • The Journal of European Popular Culture investigates the creative cultures of Europe, present and past. Exploring European popular imagery, media, new media, film, music, art and design, architecture, drama and dance, fine art, literature and the writing arts, and more, the journal is also of interest to those considering the influence of European creativity and European creative artefacts worldwide.
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