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date: 18 February 2019

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This article has been commissioned as part of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Music Revival edited by Caroline Bithell and Juniper Hill. This chapter reveals the extent to which the diasporic Irish have relied on sonic and visual cues to connect them to each other and to their homeland across multiple generations. As a nation whose contemporary sense of authenticity is built around notions of exile and death, Ireland has served as the locus for a revival tightly bound by musical materials. Because so much of the diasporic identity is constructed on a foundation of reclaiming what was lost in the creation of the diaspora, idealized images of the homeland have been plentiful in story and song since the late eighteenth century. Each genre of revived music has then served to connect the diasporic Irish with Ireland and its people through specific musical signifiers, which have changed over time.

Keywords: Ireland, Irish, diaspora, exile, death, revival, identity, authenticity

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