Flowing Tides– History and Memory in an Irish Soundscape takes the reader on a fascinating journey across 200 years of music in County Clare. Explore the historical events–from the Napoleon Wars to the modern Celtic Tiger era, the ‘cultural currents’, and musical characters that shaped the beloved traditional music of County Clare.
County Clare is famously home to many of the world’s most beloved Irish musicians, including Martin Hayes, Sharon Shannon, Maura O’Connell, the Tulla and Kilfenora Céilí bands. Clare is also the host of the 2016 and 2017 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann festivals.
What the critics say:
“With deft strokes, Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin connects the small place to the big picture, creating an intimate and intricately detailed history of the renowned musical tradition of County Clare. Flowing Tides will become a monument of Irish ethnomusicology.”
–Henry Glassie, author, Irish Folktales and The Stars of Ballymenone
“Flowing Tides is the finest book to appear on the music of Clare, the county widely regarded as the centre of gravity of Irish Traditional Music.”
–Kevin Whelan, director, The Keough Naughton Notre Dame Centre, Dublin
“You should most definitely have this book in your library! Everything you’d want is in it! Flowing Tides is truly is one of the best books available, filled with true and accurate extracts of our musical heritage.”
–Séamus Connolly, Boston College Gaelic Roots series and the Séamus Connolly Collection of Irish Music
“Flowing Tides represents a decisive contribution to the discourse of ethnomusicology in general, and to the understanding of Irish music as a meta-narrative of social, cultural, and artistic meaning in particular. This author is one of the great authorities on Irish music and its migration to Canada and the United States.”
–Harry White, MRIA, Professor of Music, University College Dublin and editor, The Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland
“In this unparalleled history of traditional music in County Clare, Ireland, Ó hAllmhuráin (Concordia Univ., Montreal) provides a thorough account of how regional, national, and international forces have influenced the music and culture of an area considered by many to be the heart of Irish traditional music.
The author offers excellent interdisciplinary context but never gets bogged down in academic prose; instead, his personal connection to the art (he is a skilled performer of traditional Irish music and a native of County Clare) and his facility as a writer give the topic the liveliness it deserves. “—Choice