<There is also a stigma associated with recorder as an early school
<nstrument and also from its association with European art music. <Some
<people believe that the recorder is not loud enough for sessions.
I want to give my personal opinion on that subject:
I agree that this is a stigma which is not based on reality, first the
recorder is not a pre-band instrument and it is much more complicated
than the tin-whistle for instance and also there is the Recorder player
called Emma Christian which plays Manx music on a Recorder and oh, what
sound and rhythm, I think people dont know enough about her playing yet.
The instrument do has an association with European art music but what
about using a hurdy-gurdy or piano or harpsichord for Irish music which
works great although it has the association you mentioned.
Also the recorder is not so quiet, in many times it even more louder
than the tin-whistle.
There is a big problem in the fingerings on the Recorder which make it
very difficult to cope with a fast reel or so, but I think the recorder
is good for slow airs (Marc Duff from Capercaillie uses a recorder too)
The classical flute has much more fingering problems then the Irish
flute, yet if one masters the classical flute's fingerings it works
good in Irish music (see Joanny Madden for instance).
This is at least what I thinks,