>So there is no all-conquering argument from "the tradition"
>to say that clapping is forbidden. In Ireland though - except
>in situations where the trad music is a novelty item in an
>otherwise showbiz presentation - clapping along at a
>concert is considered bad form. And one would be run out
>of any good pub session for doing it; well okay, that's not
>quite true, because trad musicians here are generally polite
>and put up with some unbelievable carry-on, but one would
>certainly mark oneself out as a barbarian, a Goth, a capering
>fool, who was spoiling the music for everyone else.
>I have no more to say about clapping. I think I got out the
>wrong side of the bed this morning.
When I was in Ireland, I noticed a lot of people tapped their feet
to the music rather than clapping. So, they were still able to express
their enjoyment without so much noise.