RE: CELTIC AND BLUEGRASS MUSIC, PROFESSIONALISM, FOLK TRADITION,
MILWAULKEE FEST, ETC.
A s one who had played bluegrass/old time music and had beein playing in a
celtic band for a year, it wasn't until I attended Irish Fest in
Milwaulkee, that I believe I was exposed to the heart and soul of
traditional Irish Music; and I didn't play a note at the Fest the whole
time! Many 'big name" professionals played and transmitted something
important to me that has carried forward in my own playing at home alone,
with friends in sessions, and I hope for the paying public.
I also echo the observation that many in bluegrass retain and perpetuate
it's traditional base by playing the music at jam sessions, festivals, etc.
I know many (including myself when I attended regularly) that attend b.g.
festivals and rarely go to the stage to see the "professionals"; they'd
rather stay at camp to play the music with like-minded others and primarily
go to festivals for that purpose.
Good thread. Let's hear more!