Reviews: Léirmheasanna Celtic Music: A Complete Guide. From Ancient Roots to Modern Performers: The Music of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and Beyond, by June Skinner Sawyers, pp. 366. New York: Da Capo Press, 2000. $18.00. Any volume that purports to provide a "complete guide" to a subject as varied and voluminous as music of the Celtic countries must be viewed with a degree of skepticism, particularly if the volume can easily be held in one hand. Although the audience for such a volume must include those who, only lately smitten by this sort of music, are interested in learning more about its history, influences, and practitioners, it would also need to be useful to musicians and scholars who demand depth and insightful commentary. June Skinner Sawyers does manage to meet the needs of these quite different audiences. Novices will delight in her encyclopedic approach, but scholars might be disturbed by the occasional errors and misapprehensions that arise in an attempt to bring such an unruly subject under one tent. Skinner Sawyers is an accomplished writer on contemporary music of Britain and and Ireland. Her expertise shows most clearly in the lists of recommended recordings and videos that end each
New Hibernia Review – Center for Irish Studies at the University of St. Thomas
Published: Mar 18, 2003
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