It has been said that true music repeats the thought and inspirations of the people and the time. In Ireland, music infiltrates many aspects of our lives and our culture, although this fact often goes unremarked. This inspirational book explores the topic of music, and its meaning within a particular society.
Tory Island, the island of the uncrowned king, lies off the north west coast of Donegal. Although small in size, the island is privileged to be the bearer of an extensive singing tradition which dates back over 200 years, and remains an integral part of the island’s cultural infrastructure today. Ar Chreag i Lár na Farraige explores the place of music, specifically singing, within Tory’s society and beyond, placing a particular emphasis on its meaning and purpose for the community who have kept it alive.
With up to eighty photographs, and a CD highlighting many of the songs and singers featured in the book, this is an essential buy for all those with an interest in the singing and musical traditions of Ireland. Insightful and unique, it uncovers the cultural treasure that is the living heritage of the Tory Islanders.