Terms used to refer to trad music before the music revival of the 50s
I am (also) a PhD student.
I am conducting research on Joyce and traditional Irish culture.
My thesis is that there are MANY references in Joyce to what we call (today) traditional music, and that Joyce was weel aware of the nature of traditional music, but I guess the words we use nowadays were not in use, for they were presumably introduced during the music revival of the 50s and 60s…
I am trying to find out which words were used around 1900 to refer to set dancing, traditional music, sean nós singing.
Do you know how traditional music was called?
Was there a concept as sean nós? I mean, was traditional singing perceived as a art of its own? Was some term in use (in the gaeltacht/galltactht) ?
What about set dancing?
More importantly, can you point me to some reference?
Sorry for the heap of questions…
Any help will be appreciated.