Yuval et al:
The question to keep in mind is not "can Irish Trad Music be played tastefully
on this instrument" --- by that standard one could have a "sessiun" entirely
made up of 5-string banjos, hammer dulcimers, piano accordians, Portugese
guitars, harmonicas, recorders, Boehm flutes, bouzoukis and cellos.
And it might sound fine ... but it wouldn't sound Irish, nor would it be
The question is "did generations of Irish people, especially in the Irish-
west, pass these instruments from generation to generation with the intention
of playing the old repretoire of tunes on these instruments, for the dancers?
Now in some cases its fuzzy --- harmonica and hammer dulcimer are rare but not
unheard of and we can argue till the dawn comes up about their authenticity in
Irish Trad Music, but others (like cello) just don't have much claim to being
of traditional culture. That's not to say that cello doesn't sound lovely ---
is just what gets played commonly in Trad culture from generation to
vrs. what is novel. Irish tunes can sound great on a synth --- but there are
traditional synthesists. Just synth players playing tunes. ---pg