>I am amazed at the speed at which celtic festivals are proliferating.
>Ours is the cool music of the nineties--like bluegrass was in the
>seventies and eighties.
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I sincerly hope that "Celtic" music doesn't repeat the errors of "Bluegrass":
Eg: Lose its connections to its roots, become glitzy commercial crap,
lose its connection to the dances that are its reason for existance
(speed up to undancable tempos), lose its connection to all the dreams
of the people it used to represent, etc. If it does , it will go the way
"Hit Parade". The process has already begun; look about us. How many of us
however good or bad actually play, sing or dance this material everyday?
For how many is doing it so ingrained that we rarely go to concerts or own
a library of records because we don't need to; we already do it?
A festival is of mixed benefit. If it brings people in to do workshops
where they learn to do something themselves, then it succeeds in
maintaining the tradition. If a festival is only a purveyor the big glitzy
names, we lose. Thank you for listening &
Clyde F. O'Neal II, [log in to unmask]
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