According to Clyde F O'Neal II:
> >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.
> >Susan Cross
> >[log in to unmask]
> 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
> of the
> "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]
> Whatever I say is my own opinion and it does not represent the U. S.
> Federal Government.
THANK YOU CLYDE!!
I too am dismayed by the alarming tendency to distance
audience and performer--when this music ceases to be
participatory, it looses the essential quality that draws many
of us to it. I don't mean to suggest that Rock, Jazz, Blues,
Bluegrass, and the rest are not valuable or worth listening to,
but they have become spectator sports. We already have too
much passive entertainment and learning in our society--we
experience so much in the sitting position with our eyes fixed
on the screen [like right now!] that I'm sure our species will
evolve into hugh-assed, bug-eyed morons before long!
Clyde's point about how many of us "do it" is
important. As the number of Celtic labels and performers grow,
the growing technical sophistication of the music has, IMHO, a
depressing effect on poor hacks like myself who struggle to
learn tunes and play in the humblest and most amateur fashion.
Is a new "convert" to traditional music who has listened to
Clannad or Loreena McKennitt likely to enjoy a local
session that doesn't have synthesizers and Julliard-schooled
musicians? I'm not trying to champion the lowest common
denominator, but rather to argue that those of you with some
input into the programs at Celtic festivals keep the distance
between performer and performed-to close and personal. How
about reaching out to younger folks overwhelmed with glitzy
commercial crap from California? It seems to me that many
traditional musicians and listeners preach to the converted
rather than getting out and missionizing among the heathen....
Sorry for the rambling, what think you?