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Music, Emotion and Identity in Ulster Marching Bands

Ramsey, Gordon

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ISBN 10: 303430742X / ISBN 13: 9783034307420
Published by Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften
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Presents an ethnography of three County Antrim flute bands from the very different genres of 'part-music', 'melody' and 'blood and thunder'. This book explores the emotional rewards of communal music-making and the way that identities are formed through the acquisition of tastes, and competences and skills within specific communal contexts. Num Pages: 334 pages. BIC Classification: AVA; AVGH; JFC; JH. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational. Dimension: 153 x 225 x 21. Weight in Grams: 490. . 2011. 1st New edition. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9783034307420

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Title: Music, Emotion and Identity in Ulster ...

Publisher: Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:New

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Ulster?s marching bands form perhaps the most vibrant participatory folk music tradition in contemporary Europe, and are one of the most significant and visible elements of working-class loyalist culture in the divided society of Northern Ireland. Their significance springs largely from the central place they have assumed in the lives of their members.
This book presents an ethnography of three County Antrim flute bands from the very different genres of ?part-music?, ?melody? and ?blood and thunder?. The author explores the emotional rewards of communal music-making and the way that identities are formed through the acquisition of tastes, competences and skills within specific communal contexts, paying particular attention to the impact of class position. These issues are examined in the context of the competitions, concerts and street parades that are central to the social lives of thousands of band members and supporters in Northern Ireland.

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Gordon Ramsey holds a PhD in Ethnomusicology from Queen?s University Belfast for his research into Ulster marching bands. He currently teaches at Queen?s and remains an active musician, performing with two flute bands.

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