Dan Mozell sez (in part):
> I don't agree with the comparison of Celtic music to Bluegrass at all.
> Bluegrass never was a dance music and it always was a professional style.
> It was developed by professional musicians in the 1940s who wanted to do
> something new with traditional string band and country music. It is a
> progressive style, not a traditional style, and it needs to be judged with
> different criteria than used for traditional styles. Neither has it lost
> its connection to it's roots (which of course do go back to traditional
> music and to Celtic music).
...and with lots of influence from African-American as well.
But the real addendum I wanted to make to Dan's point, and to the initial
post that got this thread going, is that bluegrass these days is just as
often played simply for the enjoyment of participating in music-making as
it is as professional entertainment. In that respect it is a form of
traditional music. At many fiddlers' contests and festivals and such
here in the South, the informal playing that goes on apart from the main
stages is more likely to be bluegrass, or at least heavily
bluegrass-flavored, than it is old-time music. It can be seen as a new
style that has largely taken the place of older fiddle and string band
styles. A generation or two ago, the young, talented musicians in a
community might have learned to play old-time fiddle or banjo; today they
learn bluegrass. Fans of the older styles may bemoan the change, but the
good part is that folks are still making music for its own sake, and as a
From Murfreesboro, Tennessee --- Paul Wells