Dear Dr. Ferraiuolo (and of course other interested list members),
While there is not a wide range of secondary research available on the subject of Irish music sessions, there are a few sources. Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin's, A Pocket History of Irish Traditional Music (Dublin: The O’Brien Press, Ltd., 1998; reprint, Boulder: The Irish American Book Company, 1998), contains information on sessions in Ireland. Ciaran Carson's book, Irish Traditional Music (Belfast: Appletree Press, Ltd., 1986) is worth checking out. Ethnomusicologists Marie McCarthy and Sally K. Sommers Smith have also produced some relevant work that covers Ireland.
I can also recommend some transatlantic work that covers Ireland and the U.S. Mick Moloney's dissertation, "Irish Music in America: Continuity and Change" (Ph.D. Diss., University of Pennsylvania, 1992) should prove useful. Rebecca Miller's article, "Irish Traditional and Popular Music in New York City: Identity and Social Change, 1930-1975," The New York Irish, ed. Ronald H. Bagor and Timothy J. Meagher (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996) obviously involves New York. There is more on Chicago. Nicholas Carolan's biography of Francis O'Neill provides some material. That's Nicholas Carolan, A Harvest Saved: Francis O'Neill and Irish Music in Chicago (Cork: Ossian Publications, 1997). Dr. L.E. McCullough's dissertation, "Irish Music in Chicago: An Ethnomusicological Study" (Ph.D. Diss., University of Pittsburgh, 1978) investigates sessions in Chicago and Ireland. My dissertation, entitled, "Auld Sod and New Turf: Entertainment,
Nationalism, and Identity in the Irish Traditional Music Community of Chicago, 1868-1999" (Ph.D. Diss., Loyola University Chicago, 2008) likewise examines music sessions in Chicago and Ireland. Publications based on my diss are forthcoming, but the dissertation is currently available.
--- On Fri, 6/12/09, SUBSCRIBE IRTRAD-L Augusto Ferraiuolo <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
From: SUBSCRIBE IRTRAD-L Augusto Ferraiuolo <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: history of traditional irish music session
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Date: Friday, June 12, 2009, 1:26 AM
First I apologize because I am sure this topic is already discussed (I am
new here and i need a little time to explore the archives).
I am ver yinterested on traditional Irish music session, not only in Ireland
but basically everywhere. Can somebody help me? I thank you guys very much.