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date: 28 March 2020

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This chapter examines the Protestant parading tradition in Northern Ireland with particular focus on the dominance of the flute band scene within it. It provides an in-depth discussion into the central characteristics of each flute band type, namely, blood and thunder, melody and part-music, through an ethnographic analysis of five flute bands. The social, political and religious orientations of each band are examined, as well as their choices in instruments, uniforms and symbolism. An understanding of these orientations indicates how the musical choices and symbolic choices of these bands are linked to the ways in which they construct and articulate their notions of Ulster Protestantism in postconflict Northern Ireland.

Keywords: Christianity, music, Northern Ireland, Europe, Protestant, flute band, conflict, identity

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