Review by Choice Review
Vallely introduces several improvements to the second edition of his definitive reference (1st ed., CH, May'00, 37-4829). Most notably, this iteration of the Companion features over twice as many topics as the earlier edition, includes a comprehensive index, and is supported by a website that points readers to related content . In his introduction, Vallely points out that much of the content from the original edition has been revised and expanded by means of reader and professional input. Indeed, the volume's content supports this idea by featuring articles from widely influential Irish musicians and music scholars including Liz Doherty, Martin Hayes, and Mick Moloney. Vallely's treatment of Irish music hews very closely to music performed in traditional Irish idioms worldwide. The volume includes essays on musical styles related to or derivative of Irish traditional forms, practices, and techniques evident in Irish music played in Australia, Europe, and North America. It does not treat other Irish and popular music hybrids such as Celtic-influenced punk or country. Indispensable for scholars, players, and listeners of Irish traditional music, this illustrated, alphabetically arranged work is also an intensive resource for Irish history and culture. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and above; general readers. J. G. Matthews Washington State University Libraries
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