History of the Music of Ireland
I am teaching an adult continuing education class about the history of music in Ireland. I’ve been able to find a lot of information about Anglo-Irish music from the post-colonial period (1724-1874) for example, but not much of anything prior to the 1726 collection published by the Neals in Dublin.
And there are other gaps. For example, if the Harpers were the sole purveyors of traditional Irish music in the 18th century, at what time did the dance forms that are commonly associated with Irish music (Jigs, Reels, Hornpipes, Polkas) enter into the culture and why? Also, at what point did "Irish" music become popular in the US and to what degree has that influenced "traditional" music in Ireland?