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Shanty singing and the Irish Atlantic: Identity and hybridity in the musical imagination of Stan Hugill

Smyth, G (2017) Shanty singing and the Irish Atlantic: Identity and hybridity in the musical imagination of Stan Hugill. International Journal of Maritime History, 29 (2). pp. 387-406. ISSN 0843-8714

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Abstract

In three major book-length contributions to the field during the 1960s and 1970s, leading folklorist Stan Hugill developed a peculiar understanding of the role of Ireland and Irish music in the international shanty tradition. Born on the Wirral peninsula, 15 miles from Liverpool, Hugill was deeply influenced by the port's experience as a hub for the Irish diaspora. This article will examine Hugill's characterisation of 'Irish' elements (lyrical, musical and performative) within selected examples, and will suggest that this representation of Irish music as central to the shanty repertoire engages with a range of insights emerging from Liverpool's status as a key location within the spatial imagination of the Atlantic archipelago. © 2017 International Maritime Economic History Association.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 2103 Historical Studies
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Divisions: Humanities and Social Science
Publisher: SAGE
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2018 09:13
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2018 09:18
DOI or Identification number: 10.1177/0843871417694013
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9456

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