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Subject: Re: Help & complete my Short Survey for research paper!
From: Judy Walsh <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Irish Traditional Music List <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 22 Mar 2006 23:46:01 -0000
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Apologies - thought this was direct to Frank, who used to be my wonderful
GP.
Judy
----- Original Message -----
From: "Judy Walsh" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Wednesday, March 22, 2006 11:09 PM
Subject: Re: Help & complete my Short Survey for research paper!


> Enjoyed this trip down memory lane.  Thanks.
>
> If I have to have chemo, what do you think of a Dolly Parton wig??
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Frank Claudy" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Wednesday, March 22, 2006 2:07 AM
> Subject: Re: Help & complete my Short Survey for research paper!
>
>
> > Irish Traditional Music in the United States
> >
> > Hello! I am a student at UCSB and am writing a paper on the prevalence
of
> > Irish Music in the United States. Please fill out as much as you can. I
> > really appreciate it!
> >
> > Age___53__ Gender___M__Nationality__U.S._______________
> > Residence_Davenport Iowa
> >
> > 1. In your opinion, how prevalent is Irish Traditional Music in the
United
> > States? Please explain and/or give examples.  I can find it in most
> > communities of over 100,000.
> >
> > 2. How common is it to hear Irish Traditional Music in the U.S.?
> > It is common for those who enjoy it to be able to find it.  It is also
> very
> > common to meet individuals who have never heard it, even in locations
> where
> > it is easily found.
> > 3. Is the Irish Music you hear strictly traditional Irish or has it
> > evolved?  I cannot agree with the notion of "strictly traditional."
Even
> > when handed down person-to-person, each expeirenced player eventually
puts
> > his/her own stamp on the music.  That being said, I think there are
> rampant
> > examples of derivative or hybrid forms of the music in the U.S.  Often,
> > there is an American accent to the music, influenced by bluegrass and
> > old-timey traditions.  Most, but not all, players in this country are
> > revivalists rather than having been born into a playing family. It  is
> > therefore more common to hear influences from other learned musical
forms,
> > including classical, jazz and generic folk music.
> >
> > 4. Is the Irish Music you might hear in the U.S. different than the
> > traditional Irish Music you hear in Ireleand?  The standard is
incredibly
> > high in many parts of Ireland today.  There are places in the U.S., such
> as
> > East Durham NY during the Irish Arts week, that could easily be mistaken
> for
> > Ireland.
> >
> > 5. In your opinion, has America/Americans influenced Irish Music? If so,
> > in what ways? As was the case in England, waves of migration to the U.S.
> > preserved musicians who would have otherwise languished or perished in
> > Ireland during oppressive or famine times.  Captain Francis O'Neill
> > 'harvested' a great quantitiy of this music.  In later years, Martin
> > Mulvihill  collected in a smaller but important way in New York.  Liz
> > Carroll, Billy McComiskey, Jimmy Keane are but three American-born
senior
> > All Ireland champions whose music has influenced a generation of players
> > both here and in Ireland.
> >
> > 6. Are you a musician or solely an avid listener? If you are a musician,
> > do you play Irish Music?  I have been playing Irish music on flute and
tin
> > whistle since my early 20s.  Both my parents were musicians, but did not
> > play Irish music so I am in the revivalist category.  I was taught to
play
> > tin whistle in childhood, both in school and by my father.
> >
> > 7. How long have you been playing and/or listening to Irish Music?
Please
> > explain your music background.  Playing and listening for 33 years now.
I
> > played clarinet growing up, which was my father's favorite instrument.
He
> > was a professional jazz saxophone player in his early adult years,
before
> > turning to classical clarinet.  My mother was a professional violinist.
> In
> > addition to classical music, she toured with a pianist playing popular
> > standards in the 30s.  I love to listen to many kinds of music, but can
> only
> > play Irish at this point.
> >
> > 8. How long have Irish Sessions been around in your area of the United
> > States?  I grew up in D.C., where there was a major revival of Irish
music
> > in the 70s.  Ellen's Irish Pub on Connecticutt Avenue held weekly
sessions
> > and frequent live music.  When I moved to Baltimore in 1979, there was
> music
> > at the Harp (later Kavanaugh's) the Gandy Dancer, and especially at Joe
> > Patrick Byrne's Locust Point bar, J. Patrick's.  Today, J. Patrick's
hosts
> > some of the best sessions anywhere.  I moved to Davenport in 1997.  We
> have
> > a monthly session at Mac's Pub, and another 'circle session' at the
River
> > Music Experience, a club and museum of local music heroes.  The RME
> session
> > is set up the way many house parties used to be, and the way Jim Coogan
> runs
> > a session (right, Jim?) :  each member of the 'circle' gets to start a
set
> > of tunes or sing a song.  It has been very successful here, attracting
> > players from Iowa City and Cedar Rapids.
> >
> > 9. Are you a part of or a member of any Irish Clubs/Organizations? Quad
> > Cities Ceili Trail, Quad Cities Ceili Club (I think my membership is
> > current...)  faculty for the Irish Week in East Durham New York.
> >
> > 10. Are there any concerns you have about the future of Irish Music in
the
> > U.S.?  I am pretty calm about it all at this point.  I try to
concentrate
> on
> > making my own music more satisfying and honest-sounding to my ear.  If I
> do
> > that job well, people seem to enjoy it and may be influenced to more
> deeply
> > explore their own playing.  Everyone should listen as much as they play
> and
> > buy some of the great recordings that are coming out these days, both
> label
> > and indie releases.
> >
> > 11. Any last comments and/or opinions you could share about how the
music
> > has evolved in America?  Or any last comments in general?  Ireland will
> > never lose its music to America or England, or anywhere else, as long as
> > Ireland properly values the treasure trove of music-makers within her
> > borders .  The world-wide standard gets better and better, thanks to the
> > internet, increaed availability to easily buy recordings, and the ease
of
> > getting to and from Ireland from almost anywhere.   I believe Irieland
> > should and will stay the epicenter of this music.  As it has become more
> > popular, inevitable questions of composition rights, royalty payment
> amounts
> > by labels, etc have emerged.  Many Irish musicians, here and in Ireland,
> are
> > becoming very professional.  This is good, but carries with it a risk
for
> a
> > lessening of the spontaneity of informal or less formal performance
(i.e.
> > not 'big stage.')  Let us hope the small venues, the sessions,
> > houseparties,wakes and christenings will always be forums for great
music
> > played by people who love to play when they can get time free from job
and
> > family obligations.
> > Frank Claudy
> >
> >
> >
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>
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