Song, sean-nós, Galway, United States, Performance, Colonialism, Masculinity.
In this comprehensive study of the most influential of modern Irishmusicians, Sean Williams and Lillis Ó Laoire successfully combine athorough examination of the major themes and influences in JoeHeaney's life and performances with a painstaking contextualizationof the man and his art in the broader framework of Irish history. Asa critical biography, the text is more concerned with exploring themotives and methods of its subject than presenting a simplechronological narrative of his life (6). The result is an engagingand exhaustive study of the historical developments and socialrealities that impacted Heaney's attitudes, performance styles, andhis eventual rise to prominence as the sean-nós ("old-style") singerpar excellence.Alan P. Merriam Prize, for best monograph, Society for Ethnomusicology 2012. Jeff Tolbert. Folklore Department, Indiana University Journal of Folklore Research. See whole review here: http://www.indiana.edu/~jofr/review.php?id=1273