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CLT347H1: Traditional Music in Ireland and Scotland - Customized Resources

CLT347H1: Traditional Music in Ireland and Scotland - Customized Resources


Musicians at Gus O'Connor Pub, Doolin, Ireland. Photo by Gérald Tapp. Image gratefully adapted with a CC license from Wikimedia.


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Primary Sources

Ancient and Modern Scottish Songs, Heroic Ballads, Etc. In Two Volumes. Edinburgh: printed by John Wotherspoon. For James Dickson and Charles Elliot, 1776.

Chambers, Robert. The Scottish Ballads. Edinburgh: W. Tait, 1829.

Hayes, Edward. The Ballads of Ireland. Dublin: James Duffy & Sons, 1800.

Irish Traditional Music Archive (ITMA)

Joyce, Patrick Weston. Old Irish Folk Music and Songs: A Collection of 842 Irish Airs and Songs, Hitherto Unpublished. London: Longmans, Green, 1909.

Secondary Sources

Cawley, Jessica. Becoming an Irish Traditional Musician: Learning and Embodying Musical Culture. United Kingdom: Routledge, 2020.

Dowling, Martin W. Traditional Music and Irish Society: Historical Perspectives. London: Routledge, 2016.

Fitzgerald, Mark, and John O’Flynn, Eds. Music and Identity in Ireland and Beyond. Surrey, England: Ashgate, 2014.

Fleming, Rachel C. “Resisting Cultural Standardization: Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann and the Revitalization of Traditional Music in Ireland.” Journal of Folklore Research 41, no. 2–3 (2004): 227–57.

Gardiner, Michael. Modern Scottish Culture. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2005.

McAulay, Karen (Karen Elisabeth). Our Ancient National Airs: Scottish Song Collecting from the Enlightenment to the Romantic Era. Burlington, Vt: Ashgate, 2013.

McDonald, R. Andrew, Ed. History, Literature, and Music in Scotland, 700-1560. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2002.

McKerrell, Simon, and Gary West, Eds. Understanding Scotland Musically: Folk, Tradition and Policy. London: Taylor and Francis, 2018.

Motherway, Susan H. The Globalization of Irish Traditional Song Performance. Burlington, Vt: Ashgate, 2013.

O’Flynn, John. The Irishness of Irish Music. London: Routledge, 2016.

Ó hAllmhuráin, Gearóid. "Irish Traditional Music Remains Ireland's Most Enduring and Defining Product." Irish Central, August 24, 2022.

Ó hAllmhuráin, Gearóid. A Short History of Irish Traditional Music. Dublin: The O’Brien Press, 2017.

O’Malley, Michael. The Beat Cop: Chicago’s Chief O’Neill and the Creation of Irish Music. Chicago, Illinois: University of Chicago Press, 2022.

Parfitt, Richard. Musical Culture and the Spirit of Irish Nationalism, 1848-1972. United Kingdom: Routledge, 2019.

Smyth, Gerry.Music and Irish Identity: Celtic Tiger Blues.London: Routledge, 2017.

Williams, Sean. Focus: Irish Traditional Music. New York: Routledge, 2010.

Brief Reference




Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann

Encyclopedias & Dictionaries

Celtic Music, History, & Culture

Routledge Handbook of Festivals

Oxford Bibliographies

Folk Music
Literature of the Bardic Revival
Medieval Lyrics
Medieval Songs

Cleary, Joe, and Claire Connolly. The Cambridge Companion to Modern Irish Culture. . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004.

Connolly, S. J. The Oxford Companion to Irish History. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.

Duffy, Seán, Ed. Medieval Ireland: An Encyclopedia. London: Routledge, 2005.

Viking invasions, language, mythology, saints, clothing, craftsmanship, architecture—these are some of the many topics covered in this encyclopedia. The entries, centred on such themes as lineage, manuscripts, persons and scholarship, focus on the period 500 to 1600 A.D., and come with cross-references and bibliographies. There are alphabetical and thematic tables of contents.

Ellis, Peter Berresford. Dictionary of Celtic Mythology. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 1992.

Encyclopedia of Irish Spirituality. ABC-CLIO, 2000.

Fox, Renée, Mike Cronin, and Brian Ó Conchubhair. Routledge International Handbook of Irish Studies. Abingdon, Oxon: Taylor and Francis, 2020.

Koch, John T. Celtic Culture: A Historical Encyclopedia Santa Barbara, Calif: ABC-CLIO, 2006.

Both online and in print, and containing more than 1,500 articles, this 5-volume set is the major encyclopedia for Celtic studies.


Lynch, Michael. The Oxford Companion to Scottish History. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.

MacKillop, James. Dictionary of Celtic Mythology. Oxford University Press, 1990.

Peberdy, Robert, and Philip Waller. A Dictionary of British and Irish History. Hoboken, NJ, USA: Wiley Blackwell, 2021.

Reily, Suzel Ana, and Katherine Brucher. The Routledge Companion to the Study of Local Musicking. New York: Routledge, 2017.

Stafford, Pauline. A Companion to the Early Middle Ages: Britain and Ireland c.500-1100. Somerset: Wiley, 2013.

Vallely, Fintan. The Companion to Irish Traditional Music. Cork: Cork University Press, 2011.


Koskoff, EllenThe Garland Encyclopedia of World Music: The United States and Canada

Larkin, Colin. The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006.

Oxford Music Online.Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.

Rice, Timothy, James. Porter, and Chris. Goertzen. The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music: Europe. London: Taylor and Francis, 2017.

Middle Ages

Up to date, and intended for both novices and specialists, this 4-volume set covers European history, society, religion, and culture between A.D. 500 to 1500. Articles number about 5,000. They range from brief to lengthy, include bibliographies, and often unearth material you can only find elsewhere with difficulty. Women and children, for example, get substantial attention. The set contains a thematic listing of entries, a general index, a list of medieval popes and antipopes, and an index of alternative place names.

Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages

Medieval Archaeology: An Encyclopedia

The major English-language comprehensive history of the Middle Ages, this work is a completely new edition of the former standard work, The Cambridge Medieval History (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1911; St. Michael’s 2nd Floor – D117 .C3).

Medieval Folklore: An Encyclopedia of Myths, Legends, Tales, Beliefs, and Customs

A Companion to Medieval Art Romanesque and Gothic in Northern Europe


The major English-language encyclopedia on Catholic topics, it contains some 17,000 articles, each with a bibliography emphasizing the primary sources. Unfortunately many of the articles in the 2003/online edition are reprints from the 1967 edition without any updating. Use this work to get an overview of a subject and to see how it can be divided into narrower topics for a paper.

Oxford dictionary of the Christian Church

Research Guides

Research Guide to Medieval Studies

Research Guide to Celtic Studies

HMU111: Introduction to Music and Society, by Tim Neufeldt

UofT E-Resources for Medieval Studies

UofT E-Resources for Celtic Studies

UofT E-Resources for Music

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