Ok, risking the same shunning.....
It is sometimes done to keep the riffraff out of a session.....
> > Okay, I'll bite, or bear the brunt of being the messenger to the
> > emperor: What advantage is there to playing Irish music in Eb at a
> > session
> > unless it's Irish, uh, jazz? The flutes and whistles will just be
> > that
> > much (a half tone) screechier, for one, on a lot of the tunes that
> > sound
> > okay in D and G on the pipes ... All this to accomodate a shorter
> > flute?
> > And I say this as a guy with a slightly longer, uh, flute.
> > Jeffrey Miller
> > http://www.jeffreymiller.ca