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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??
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> From: "Frank Claudy" <[log in to unmask]>
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> 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
> > 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
> > 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
> > common to meet individuals who have never heard it, even in locations
> > 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."
> > when handed down person-to-person, each expeirenced player eventually
> > his/her own stamp on the music. That being said, I think there are
> > 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
> > 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
> > high in many parts of Ireland today. There are places in the U.S., such
> > East Durham NY during the Irish Arts week, that could easily be mistaken
> > 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
> > 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
> > 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
> > tin whistle in childhood, both in school and by my father.
> > 7. How long have you been playing and/or listening to Irish Music?
> > explain your music background. Playing and listening for 33 years now.
> > played clarinet growing up, which was my father's favorite instrument.
> > was a professional jazz saxophone player in his early adult years,
> > turning to classical clarinet. My mother was a professional violinist.
> > 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
> > 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
> > in the 70s. Ellen's Irish Pub on Connecticutt Avenue held weekly
> > and frequent live music. When I moved to Baltimore in 1979, there was
> > 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
> > some of the best sessions anywhere. I moved to Davenport in 1997. We
> > a monthly session at Mac's Pub, and another 'circle session' at the
> > Music Experience, a club and museum of local music heroes. The RME
> > is set up the way many house parties used to be, and the way Jim Coogan
> > a session (right, Jim?) : each member of the 'circle' gets to start a
> > 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
> > U.S.? I am pretty calm about it all at this point. I try to
> > making my own music more satisfying and honest-sounding to my ear. If I
> > that job well, people seem to enjoy it and may be influenced to more
> > explore their own playing. Everyone should listen as much as they play
> > buy some of the great recordings that are coming out these days, both
> > and indie releases.
> > 11. Any last comments and/or opinions you could share about how the
> > 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
> > 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
> > by labels, etc have emerged. Many Irish musicians, here and in Ireland,
> > becoming very professional. This is good, but carries with it a risk
> > lessening of the spontaneity of informal or less formal performance
> > not 'big stage.') Let us hope the small venues, the sessions,
> > houseparties,wakes and christenings will always be forums for great
> > played by people who love to play when they can get time free from job
> > family obligations.
> > Frank Claudy
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