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Omagh St. Patrick’s week festival

14 March, 2013 8:00 pm
14 March, 2013 10:00 pm

Dancing on the page: the power of the printed word in aural music, song and dance traditions

Illustrated lecture at the Strule Arts Centre, Omagh as part of a 17th March celebratory week. Theme is ‘Celebrating Cultures.

The talk deals with the wonderful myths, rumours and lies that abounded in the post-1950s years during which Traditional music was revived with such thrilling positivity and confidence. It examines wholesome theories of authenticity and Irishness and observes that though these take their vitality from the plain people, they draw their validity and sustenance from the published words and music of 19th century ‘big-housse’ scholars and from thinking that did not begin in Ireland at all. With a nod to Tyrone’s exiled literati Ben Kiely and Flann O’Brien and its famous fiddlers, Ulster song and music traditions, dancing and marching, Romantic theory and the novelists’ utopias are explored in a re-assessment of the music of Myles’ ‘plain people of Ireland’ – though with less savagery than Kiely’s ‘Gilsenan’s Revised Irish Minstrelsy’.


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