> Accompaniment: This competion is restricted to the following instruments:
> piano, harp, guitar, and bouzouki-type instrumnets. The aim of the
> competition is to adjudicate on the accompaniment only.
Does anyone have any more information about this category? I only
noticed it this year (too late to get anything together.) Is it a new
> Grupai Cheoil: (Minimum of 4 members, maximum of 20 members.) Own choice of
> music for a maximum of seven minutes. Marks will be deducted for exceeding
> or falling short of this time. Whistlers and lilters may be included, as
> well as players of bodhrans and bones, but pianos and drums are not
> permitted. Efforts should be made to play tunes other than jigs, reels, and
> hornpipes, e.g., slow airs, set dances, old marches, and harp music, to give
> a good variety of music. Attention shoul also be given to instrumentation
> and presentation. Slow airs are to be played on solo instruments only.
A point that I asked an adjudicator at the all-Ireland fleadh last
summer: "Slow airs are to be played on solo instruments only" does not
preclude droning by other instruments during airs.
*** Mike O'Regan ([log in to unmask])