: Lillis Ó Laoire
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Taking as its subject the small Gaelic-speaking community of Tory Island off the Donegal coast of Ireland, this book tries to answer the deceptively simple question of why people sing. By focusing on aspects of song transmission and performance, showing how early exposure to musical culture leads certain individuals to be singled out and given special encouragement to express themselves, Ó Laoire offers a meticulous exposition of the links between music, text, and performance. The argument that the interpretation of songs to reveal particular worlds of meaning is a widespread human activity, found in similar configurations at both global and local levels, is made, and, in Tory's context, the book further asserts that such mediation contributes to a strongly realized sense of identity and historical continuity among the islanders. The book includes an audio CD of folk music from Tory Island, featuring traditional ballads, tunes, and dances.