Fiddle Sound in Newfoundland in the 21st Century

O'Connell, Bridget and Moloney, Colette (2019) Fiddle Sound in Newfoundland in the 21st Century. PhD thesis, Waterford Institute of Technology.

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Newfoundland, a former British colony, possesses a varied and rich cultural heritage due to its unique settlement patterns and historical past. From the 16th century, European migrants from Ireland, Scotland, West-Country England, and France settled on the island and brought their various cultural practices with them. Traditions, including singing, dancing and playing the fiddle, came with the first European migrants and developed and evolved in different ways from the trajectory in the homeland. The unique historical, economic and social aspects of the island helped to shape initial fiddle styles. The writer has adopted the approach of analysing the historical, social and musical aspects of Newfoundland culture in order to gain a better understanding of Newfoundland fiddle music. This thesis investigates fiddle music in the main geographical areas of Newfoundland and establishes the characteristics and trends in each area. The study examines how fiddle music in Newfoundland has been shaped and influenced by the folk revival, technological advancements, mass-media influences, improved communications and personal preferences of individual fiddle players, and highlights the current trends in fiddle playing on the island. This thesis establishes whether there are indeed, distinctive Newfoundland fiddle styles evident in 21st century Newfoundland.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
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Depositing User: Derek Langford
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2019 13:50
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2023 00:05

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