This paper takes an historical look at the development of now popular Irish dance tunes which originated in or passed through the song tradition. It discusses the role of what I have termed ‘intermediaries’ which bridge the gap between the song and dance music traditions, allowing repertoire to flow between these two tributary streams of the modern tradition. I will discuss the under-investigated practice of lilting, which I will argue has acted as an important intermediary between the dance and song traditions, particularly in the eighteenth century. before going on to discuss some examples of songs and dance tunes which have a more complex relationship.
|Publication status||Published - 18 Sep 2014|
|Event||The Irish Song Symposium - Queen's University, Belfast, Belfast, United Kingdom|
Duration: 18 Sep 2014 → 19 Sep 2014
|Conference||The Irish Song Symposium|
|Period||18/09/2014 → 19/09/2014|
- Irish Song