Reeling Roosters and Dancing Ducks: Celtic Mouth Music

Heather Sparling

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ISBN: 9781927492987

Reeling Roosters and Dancing Ducks: Celtic Mouth Music

  Author:   Heather Sparling    
  Publisher:  Cape Breton University Press

Though puirt-a-beul are popular with both Gaelic-speaking and non-Gaelic speaking audiences, this book offers the first comprehensive study of the genre. Heather Sparling considers how puirt-a-beul compare to other forms of global mouth music and examines its origins, its musical and lyrical characteristics, and its functions.

Sparling brings together years of research, including an array of historical references to puirt-a-beul, interviews with Gaelic singers in both Scotland and Nova Scotia, observations of puirt-a-beul performances on both sides of the Atlantic as well as on recordings, and analysis of melodies and lyrics. Her Nova Scotia viewpoint allows her to consider puirt-a-beul in both its Scottish and diaspora contexts, a perspective that is too often absent in studies of Gaelic song.

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ISBN associated with this title:9781927492987
Item CB0117
PublisherCape Breton University Press
PublisherCape Breton University press
Published onOctober 15 2014
Language eng
Pages 296
Format Paperback
Dimensions9(in) x 6(in)
Shipping weight518(g)
Status ACTIVE TITLE
HEATHER SPARLING is Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology and a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (Musical Traditions) at Cape Breton University. Heather teaches a range of ethnomusicology and Celtic music courses. A Gaelic speaker and teacher, she is actively involved with both local and international Gaelic organizations, sharing her expertise in Cape Breton Gaelic song. Her publications have addressed genre theory, Bourdieu's theories of social distinction, language attitudes, and oral and print transmission. Her current research focuses on disaster songs of Atlantic Canada, including their role in processing grief, nationalism and commemoration.