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Music, Emotion and Identity in Ulster Marching Bands

Flutes, Drums and Loyal Sons

Gordon Ramsey

Ulster’s marching bands form perhaps the most vibrant participatory folk music tradition in contemporary Europe, and are one of the most significant and visible elements of working-class loyalist culture in the divided society of Northern Ireland. Their significance springs largely from the central place they have assumed in the lives of their members.
This book presents an ethnography of three County Antrim flute bands from the very different genres of ‘part-music’, ‘melody’ and ‘blood and thunder’. The author explores the emotional rewards of communal music-making and the way that identities are formed through the acquisition of tastes, competences and skills within specific communal contexts, paying particular attention to the impact of class position. These issues are examined in the context of the competitions, concerts and street parades that are central to the social lives of thousands of band members and supporters in Northern Ireland.

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Index 14th Old Boys Flute Band 86 39th Old Boys Flute Band 131 ‘accidental’ notes 84 accountability 29, 30, 32, 34, 109, 122, 155, 214, 220, 234 aesthetic 130–4, 141–3 Adams, Gerry 145 adjudicators 11, 112, 116, 132, 221, 209, 242 ‘aesthetic disposition’, the 53, 61, 74, 132, 134, 151 aesthetic experience (see also f low) 52, 53, 57, 58, 61, 67, 184, 220, 221, 222 aesthetic, the ‘pure’ 51–4, 57, 58, 225 aesthetics 2, 3, 7, 10, 33, 39, 47, 51–7, 58, 67, 88, 90, 96, 100, 108, 109, 110, 119, 121, 122, 153, 185, 190, 192, 201–2, 221, 223, 224, 227, 239, 240, 243, 244, 246, 248, 249, 280, 281–3 ‘blood-and-thunder’ 189–99, 201–15, 222 class and 32, 33, 34, 37, 46, 56, 61, 62, 67, 101, 130, 131, 132, 133, 138, 152, 185–217, 231 discourse and 35, 200–2, 209–12, 217, 222 embodied 39, 54–7, 114–18, 190, 199, 201, 208–9, 210, 219, 220–1, 223 emotion and 2, 3, 32, 37, 56, 67, 136, 219, 224 identity and 7, 57, 60, 114–18, 121, 130–4, 185, 194 ‘melody’ 185, 189, 207, 217 politics and 184, 191, 220, 221, 225, 227, 228, 231, 232, 239 ‘af fective presences’ 54–5, 225 Afton Lily Orange Social Club, New Cumnock (the Lily) 159, 160, 161, 162, 166, 167, 169, 170, 171, 181, 182, 184, 185, 188, 221, 273, 275 Agreements Anglo-Irish 147, 226, 241 Belfast 4, 31...

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