Traditional Irish singing


Traditional Irish singing

Traditional Irish singing is the singing of traditional Irish songs in the traditional, unaccompanied styles such as sean nos. Though some people consider sean nos to particularly refer to singing in the Irish language, the term 'traditional singing' is more universally understood to encompass singing in either language as well as lilting, Irish ballad singing, and other forms of singing from the musical tradition.

ource Singers

The term ‘source singer’ is generally understood to describe a singer who has received their style and repertoire through the oral tradition, whether that be through a family lineage or social circumstance. Many such 'source' singers were deemed so upon ‘discovery’ by field researches such as Cecil Sharp, Alan Lomax, Hamish Henderson, Pete Seeger, Ewan MacColl or other song collectors who were prominent in 1950s and 1960s. Although far from precise, the phrase sometimes is used to draw a distinction with so-called ‘revival’ singers, whose style and repertoire are perceived as adulterated by contact with written and other second-hand sources.

ee Also

*List of traditional Irish singers
*sean nos


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