Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Review: The Annals of the Irish Harpers.

 The Annals of the Irish Harpers.   Edited by Sara C Lanier

This book is a recent newly-edited version of the precious works of Charlotte Milligan Fox. It was first published in 1910 and written in the language style of that era.

It is highly academic and yet compelling material for anyone with the slightest interest in local history and culture. It is definitely geared for the academic: particularly for the ethnomusicologist, and of course for the serious traditional Irish musician. For the rest of us at times it can be a laborious read, but always only momentarily, as the turn of a page or two can quite quickly reveal yet more vivid imagery of an era seemingly more romantic than the present.