Melodic Ornamentation in the Connemara Sean-nos Singing of Joe Heaney

  title={Melodic Ornamentation in the Connemara Sean-nos Singing of Joe Heaney},
  author={Se{\'a}n M. Williams},
  journal={New Hibernia Review},
  pages={122 - 145}
Sean-nós is an Irish song genre characterized by unaccompanied performance in free rhythm, relative lack of vibrato or dynamic change, and especially by the use of rapid, melismatic ornamentation. Songs may be performed in IrishGaelic or in one of several different dialects of English, and the choice of language has an impact on the proper ornamentation of each song. Although each singer ornaments songs in an individual way, larger stylistic differences—particularly the use of melismatic… 

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