Sounds from foreign shores: non-traditional string instruments and the Irish folk music movement 1960–1979
O Luain, BS and Forbes, AM, Sounds from foreign shores: non-traditional string instruments and the Irish folk music movement 1960-1979, Musicology Australia, 43, (1-2) ISSN 0814-5857 (2022) [Refereed Article]
The socio-political revolution of the 1960s and 1970s, and the simultaneous explosion in the commercialization of popular music, brought a period of rapid growth and change in Irish music, challenging divisions between folk and traditional music in both repertoire and instrumentation. This growth and change were driven by a diverse range of instrumental, structural and stylistic changes, coupled with a global investment in music and live performance as a commodity. Key ensembles such as The Dubliners, Sweeney’s Men, Planxty, The Bothy Band and others explored new timbres while establishing a distinctively Irish, yet individual sound. This article explores the ways in which non-traditional string instruments were integrated into Irish ensembles, the technical and stylistic adaptations that resulted, and the legacy of this formative period in Irish music.
Irish folk music movement, Irish traditional music, stringed instruments