I'm glad that my recommendation of Larry McCullough's
dissertation about Irish music in Chicago is paying off for some
folks. I think it is a wonderful read and a rich mine of information
for those interested in the history of Irish music.
Richard observes that Larry is not himself a hidebound
traditionalist, despite his rigorous scholarly approach towards
Irish music. Having met Larry a number of times at sessions in
Indianapolis and Bloomington, Indiana, I can testify to the truth
of this. Larry's musical taste is not merely eclectic, it is
widely diffuse. On the one hand he is a great Irish traditional
musician. He won the Chicago regional competition of the all-
Ireland championship on the whistle some years ago, and his
whistle tutor and collections of session tunes still sell well.
He also plays flute and pipes. But on the other hand he plays
jazz saxophone and has tried upon occasion to bring together
jazz with Irish music. I have heard even darker rumors than
that, but I refuse to pass them on.
--Rick Gagne ([log in to unmask])