Musically consonant, socially dissonant: orange walks and Catholic interpretation in West-Central Scotland

Stephen R. Millar

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This article examines the music used by the Orange Order, in its public parades, more commonly referred to as “Orange Walks.” The Orange Order is an exclusively Protestant fraternal organization, which traces its roots to 1690 and the victory of the Protestant Prince William of Orange over the Catholic King James. Yet, as in Northern Ireland, many consider the group to be sectarian and view its public celebrations as a display of ethno-religious triumphalism. This article explores the extra-musical factors associated with Orangeism’s most iconic song, “The Sash My Father Wore,” how other groups have misappropriated the song, and how this has distorted its meaning and subsequent interpretation.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages23
JournalMusic and Politics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015



  • sectarianism
  • music
  • marches
  • parades
  • prejudice

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