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). There are plenty of Bluegrass Bands with an
older style orientation, while others are experimenting and trying to
create something new. There's room for both. As for Celtic music not being
commerical, most of the people on this list would never have heard
traditional Irish music if it weren't for the highly skilled musicians who
have more time to practice than a so called traditional player of 150
years ago. When James Morrison played for dances, he got payed, he was a
professional serving a particular market. That didn't diminish the value
of his style, which is one of the models for today's traditional players.
I suggest that folks not attack other musical forms just
because they make more money. There's so much good music in the world.
Some of it makes a lot of money. Some doesn't. I love traditional Celtic
music in many different forms and hope that with time it will get more
commerical attention so that hard working Celtic musicians can make a