Canadian-based Clare historian will present ‘Flowing Tides – History and Memory in an Irish Soundscape’ at Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy to legendary Clare master musician Peadar O’Loughlin with SSWC Director Harry Hughes on Tuesday, July 5, Miltown Malbay Community Centre
MONTREAL (3 July 2016):
Master musicians from around the world will gather Tuesday, 5 July, 5-6pm, at the Miltown Malbay Community Centre to celebrate ‘Flowing Tides–History and Memory in an Irish Soundscape’ This long awaited book is dedicated to Kilmaley piper/fiddler Peadar O’Loughlin and will be presented to him by the author and by the director of the Willie Clancy School.
Also at this event, piper Ronan Browne will be launching Peadar O’ Loughlin’s new CD rich with previously unavailable archival recordings. An evening not to miss! Please join us to honor Peadar and celebrate the extraordinary legacy that he has assured for the music of County Clare!
Oxford University Press (US/UK) is rolling out Clare author Professor Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin’s long awaited book, Flowing Tides– History and Memory in an Irish Soundscape, in two waves this summer. The first wave is the ebook, now available from Amazon and other major outlets, recently ranked as the #1 New Release among International Music Books by Amazon.com. (ebooks). The hardback version will release early August and be launched during the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.
Since its release early this month, Irish culture enthusiasts have embraced the ebook with great excitement. Straining under heavy instrument cases and decreasing airline allowances, ebooks are rising in popularity. Ebooks download instantly, avoid shipping delay and are typically much less expensive. Furthermore, Flowing Tides has integrated online sources. For example, readers can simultaneously watch performances on YouTube by the actual musicians relevant to a specific book chapter, view historic footage and rare archival material on the companion website.
“This is an extraordinary way to experience a book,” says Kevin Shea of Montréal, fiddle strapped to his back. “Whenever I’m stuck in queues, its always with me. Airports, grocery stores, Starbucks. We waste so much time waiting, so now I read.”
‘Flowing Tides– History and Memory in an Irish Soundscape’ reveals a two hundred year chronological history of music in County Clare researched and contextualized by a native scholar.
Flowing Tides explores the ‘cultural currents’, historical events and musical characters that shaped the beloved traditional music of County Clare from the Napoleon Wars down through Celtic Tiger.
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 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann festival.
Author Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin illustrates how this mecca of Irish traditional music has experienced the effects of global cultural flows for centuries. These flows brought musical change inwards, while simultaneously allowing musical change to flow outwards to the world beyond.
Flowing Tides draws upon eyewitness accounts, multi-lingual ethnographies, cultural history, ethnomusicology, and memory studies. This exciting new book reveals an Irish musical heritage that experienced radical change over two hundred years. Giving voice to eyewitness testimonies by men and women who were on the frontlines, and from decades of research, Gearóid roots Clare’s musical traditions in a larger legacy.