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The ‘Wolfe Tones’: Rebel Songs and the Rhetoric of Peace in Ireland

    Established in 1963, the Wolfe Tones are one of Irelands oldest and most loved bands. Their traditional rhythms and mournful ballads enchant young and old alike, but does the Wolfe Tones’ music help or hinder peacebuilding on the island of Ireland? In this interview on the Two Johnnies, the Wolfe Tones assert that their music does not fall into the category of rebel songs, but their rather negative rhetoric surrounding peace and those who seek it could suggest otherwise. This entry examines the content of the Wolfe Tones’ interview on the Two Johnnies’ Podcast, painting a picture of the tension which can exist between art and peacekeeping in Ireland.