> Robert Borcherding said:
> Regarding Irish music, although there is a bit of competition (who knows the
> most tunes, plays the best, knows of the most styles, etc.) it is primarily a
> dancing music. I read somewhere, perhaps the Northern Fiddler?, that 80% of
> the musicians in Ireland quite playing when the dances became unpopular. It i
> not the musicians that keep dancing alive, it is dancing that keeps the music
> alive. Subtract the stringent requirements levied by dance and you find that
> the music will alter, as Bluegrass quickly did when it no longer was attached
> to the needs of dance. Having good musicians available can sustain dance
> longer than it would have otherwise, but the dance is needed to retain the
Perhaps in times past it was the dancing that drove the music and
perpetuated the great traditional Irish music that we have today,
but that is certainly not true today, most of your traditional music
is played in sessions in pubs without dancers, there are of course
monthly ceilis in Boston where musicians cram on stage and play for
Irish set dancers. Aside from this, I find playing music for dancers
as less thrilling than a session and almost as programmed/pasteurized..
It is important to keep the step-dancing and set-dancing as part of the
Irish musical tradition and therefore important that the traditional
Irish musician maintain the ties with traditional Irish dancing.
> Now lets see, I put that asbestos suit around here somewhere - there it is, go
> ahead, flame me...
Bury the suit !.. besides, asbestos is no good for ya ! ;-)