I would accept that genetic tendencies might be more general and less specific than say, language. I have seen this time and time again. Certain artistic affectations are passed on from within a family in one or two generations.
As far as musical tradition is concerned, if there was such a concerted effort to eradicate Irish culture by the British, how on earth did this music we love experience such a grand & sustained resurgence?
And even if it's a pipedream, it's a nice one.......
Are you still involved with Oidhreacht an Clar?
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On Mar 23, 2013, at 8:41 AM, Barry Taylor <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Thanks very much for bringing this to our notice. By coincidence, the film
> was shot the same year as Tony Kearns and myself were launching our book on
> WCSS (Touchstone for the Tradition), which is why I probably didn't notice
> it going on. It was great to see so many old friends, especially those
> like Muiris who have now passed on, and it's a great reminder of the power
> of music in engendering lifelong friendships.
> I think the film itself is a reasonable representation of the week in
> Miltwon but is not so good at really emphasising the point made by Muiris
> and Harry Hughes that it is a school and not a festival. This is why so
> much of Touchstone is concerned with the teaching process and so little on
> the ancilliary events.
> Regarding whether genetic memory has any role in passing on traditions,
> music, etc., Daniel Levitin's book 'This is Your Brain on Music' makes
> interesting reading. As he says, it is difficult to distinguish genetic
> from environmental influences on any skill that has a learned component.
> So, for example, French speaking parents are likely to raise children who
> speak French and, though we might say that French 'runs in a family', it
> would be bold to claim that there is a genetic component in the capability
> of such children to speak French. He further states that it takes at least
> 50,000 years for a gentic adaptation to show up in the human genome. Seems
> unlikely then that Irish dance music, which has been around in rural
> Ireland in the form that Noel Hills plays for less than 200 years (being
> very generous), would have made much genetic impact!