Take A Journey Back in Time Through The Golden Era of Irish Music & Dance.
"See You at the Hall", just released by Northeastern University Press, recounts an unchronicled era in the history of the dance hall era, when Irish immigrants to Boston brought Irish traditional music from the firesides of rural homes in Ireland directly to the huge, bustling dance halls of urban America. From the 1940s to the mid-1960s, on several evenings a week, thousands of Irish and Irish Americans flocked from miles around to Boston’s huge, bustling dance halls—the Intercolonial, the Hibernian, Winslow Hall, the Dudley Street Opera House, the Rose Croix—that dotted Dudley Square, Roxbury. For the city's Irish population, the Roxbury neighborhood, with its ballrooms and thriving shopping district, was a vital center of social and cultural life, as well as a bridge from the old world to the new.
See You at the Hall brings to life the rich history of the "American capitol of Galway" through the eyes of those who gathered and performed there. In this engaging look back at Boston's golden era of Irish traditional music, Susan J. Gedutis deftly weaves together engaging narrative with spirited personal reminiscences to trace the colorful dance hall period from its beginnings in 1940s Roxbury, when masses of young Irish flooded Boston following World War II, through its peak years in the 1950s.
About the Author: Born and raised in Plymouth, Susan J. Gedutis is an active writer, musician, and teacher. She is a music book editor at Berklee Press, the publishing arm of Berklee College of Music in Boston. She completed her Master of Music (Ethnomusicology) at Tufts University, and her Bachelor of Arts in music at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. She is a member of two Boston-area bands, Sin É and Einstein's Little Homunculus. She teaches saxophone and Irish whistle privately and through the Cape Cod Conservatory in Falmouth, MA.