Brian Casley, Innovation in Irish traditional music. A study of group playing and the impact of technology (BA, Dundalk Institute of Technology), submitted

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 Author:  Casley, Brian 
 Title:  Innovation in Irish traditional music. A study of group playing and the impact of technology 
 Degree, institution:  BA, Dundalk Institute of Technology 
 Status, year:  submitted, projected 2012 (May 2012) 
 Wordcount:  10,000 words 
 Supervisor(s):  Paul McGettrick 
 General specialism:  Ethnomusicology 
 Content, key terms: 

The primary concern of this dissertation is the issue of innovation in Irish traditional music (ITM), with a specific focus on group playing. ‘Innovation versus Tradition’ has always been the subject of considerable debate within ITM; however, over the past 50 years, both the pace and degree of change and innovation have been particularly pronounced.

The dissertation begins by considering the nature of ITM to establish a context for the subsequent discussions. It then focuses on three principal areas: group playing in ITM, recent developments in ITM, and the impact of technology in ITM, and highlights aspects of innovation and change within ITM in all three. Case studies of two groups, Planxty and Lúnasa, further support the primary focus of the research on group playing. The research methodology used consisted of a review of the relevant literature (books, journals and web resources) and a survey questionnaire.

The research shows that ITM, as a living tradition, is continually developing, embracing outside influences and, in turn, influencing other genres and traditions. As a result of this on-going development a definition and description of ITM in the 21st century needs to be both comprehensive and nuanced to accurately convey the broad diversity of the tradition as it continues to evolve.