"Mr. Paul Wells" <[log in to unmask]> writes:
> And again, arguing for the importance of professionals, those of us who
> have no first-hand contact with Ireland, Irish culture, etc., would have
> never had our ears, hearts, and heads opened to some marvelous music
> without the Chieftains, Da Dannan (sp?), Bothy Band, Old Men of the Lough
> (well, they're hardly "boys" anymore, are they?), etc. I'd prefer to
> have a nice, smoky pub down the street to visit every Friday night for a
> roaring session and a few pints than to pay $15+bucks plus the
> TicketMaster ripoff, excuse me, "service" charge, to go hear Paddy
> Moloney & company in a stiff, formal concert hall once a year if I'm
> lucky, but there it is.
The rise of the Spirited Amatuer vs. the Bored Professional argument
leads to the fact that you've got to take good music where you can get
it. No controversy there.
A frustration that I have, though, is that there's little opportunity to
listen to Irish music _except_ in that roaring session in the
archetypical smoky pub. As we've discussed, a performance outside the
context of sessions and dances is as potentially musical and tradtional
as anything else. There seems to surprisingly little of it about.
Given the huge amount of sessioning going on out there, I'd expect a
significant amount of performance-oriented music as well. From my
experience you pretty much have to get at the record store.
*** Mike O'Regan ([log in to unmask])