Bright Star of the West

Joe Heaney, Irish Song Man
by Sean Williams & Lillis Ó Laoire
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Publisher: Oxford University Press

Series: American Musicspheres

Publication Date: May 31, 2016

ISBN: 9780199841028

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Bright Star of the West examines the life, repertoire, and influence of Ireland's greatest sean-nos (old-style) singer, Joe Heaney (1919-1984). Best known for popularing this form of Gaelic a cappella folk song in the United States, authors Sean Williams and Lillis Ó Laoire reveal the ways in which Heaney's life story demonstrates the intertwining of music with political memory and cultural understanding.