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Review of Focus: Irish Traditional Music

Irish Studies Review
By Fintan Vallely
Online publication date: 4 May 2011

"Williams does not shirk from celebrating the internationalism (notably in the images) which now characterises the genre, setting the music free of the island and the past in its practice. Yet she demonstrates and celebrates stylistic mentors, locales and standards in Ireland, locating roots and sustenance in Irish culture and poetry. The accompanying CD’s eighteen tracks of fine performers (with their own considerable support text) facilitate step-by-step aural analysis of the music under discussion, marking this production as a unique, valuable, structured academic, analytical introduction to Irish traditional music and song."

-- Vallely, Fintan (2011) 'Focus: Irish traditional music', Irish Studies Review, 19: 2, 238 — 240 

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