Turning the Tune: Traditional Music, Tourism, and Social Change in an Irish Village

Turning the Tune: Traditional Music, Tourism, and Social Change in an Irish Village

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The last century has seen radical social changes in Ireland, which have impacted all aspects of local life but none more so than traditional Irish music, an increasingly important identity marker both in Ireland and abroad. The author focuses on a small village in County Clare, which became a kind of pilgrimage site for those interested in experiencing traditional music. He begins by tracing its historical development from the days prior to the influx of visitors,… (more)