Let’s Get Gritty on the Black and Green

St Patrick’s Day celebrations and commemorations are an interesting heady mix. I’ve been co-editing a book about their consumption around the world from Tokyo to New York, Montserrat to London, and between Dublin with its paddywhakery and Belfast with its sectarianism of course (Skinner and Bryan 2015). – See more at: http://www.mnialive.com/articles/let-s-get-gritty-on-the-black-and-green#sthash.iFKCxPCX.dpuf

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A Danish fiddler in Montserrat

On Thursday, 12 March, I was playing the violin in the streets of Fort-de-France, Martinique, when a stranger came up to me and said: “You’re playing Irish music? What are you doing here? You should be in Montserrat!” My first thought was “What’s Montserrat?” I went online to look up the island as fast as…

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400+ Guadeloupans make a day of it in Montserrat

They came. With awe and wonder, our visitors took photos and videos as they arrived at Plymouth. They biked. The Guadeloupans came ready for adventure. They conquered our hilly terrain from Plymouth to Little Bay and back again! They discovered. At the Montserrat National Trust, they were given a historical tour through an exhibition of digitized photos of Old…

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