On a Rock in the Middle of the Ocean: Songs and Singers in Tory Island

Lillis O Laoire

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Synopsis: Although Tory Island is small in size and has a full-time population of just 165 people, it has a rich musical tradition that dates back 200 years and remains an integral part of the island's cultural infrastructure today. The author has a longstanding interest in the island and its culture, having grown up a short distance away on the Donegal mainland, and so it was a natural choice as the focus of this study which seeks to understand the function of song.In "On a Rock in the Middle of the Ocean", O Laoire explores the occasions at which people sing, the significance of these occasions and of the songs and the singers chosen to perform. He recalls in the book specific occasions when songs were performed, the meaning of these particular songs and their relevance and importance to the islanders. He details the way in which the tradition is handed from one generation to another in Tory and the criteria upon which the singers are judged, and he also explains how songs act as a mediator of the dilemmas and tensions of island life and how they contribute to the strong sense of identity and historical continuity of the Tory Island community.The author has been visiting Tory at intervals since 1984 and has established close ties with many of the islanders, in particular, Eamonn Mac Ruairi, Teresa McClafferty and Seamas O Dugain, each of whom has had a lifelong interest in song, music and other cultural traditions of the island, and accordingly a specialized knowledge about them. He attributes part-authorship of the book to them, and also to Belle Mhic Ruairi, Grainne Ui Dhugain and John O Duibheannaigh. "On a Rock in the Middle of the Ocean" was first published in Irish in 2002, and this English version has been substantially revised and updated. The book includes a CD as well as song lyrics, maps and many photos.

About the Author: Lillis O Laoire Lillis O Laoire is from Gort an Choirce in Co. Donegal and is a highly respected seannos singer and scholar. He is a lecturer in Folklore and related areas in the School of Irish, National University of Ireland, Galway.

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Published by Cló Iar-Chonnachta / The Scarecrow Press (2007)
ISBN 10: 1905560141 ISBN 13: 9781905560141
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Book Description Cló Iar-Chonnachta / The Scarecrow Press, 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. No Jacket. Glossy pictorial hardcover. 156 x 235 x 28mm. (xvi) + 359pp. Includes accompanying CD. B/w photographic plates; appendices; bibliography; index. A very nice copy with no major faults or blemishes. NB: An extra shipping charge may be requested for heavier or more valuable items. All our 'Bookseller Images' show the actual item you will receive. Bookseller Inventory # 003805

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