At 10:40 AM 11/3/98 -0500, you wrote:
>BTW, I have heard them finally (someone gave me a Solas CD as a wedding
>present a couple of weeks ago). That's partly why I got annoyed with
>the thread--from all of the past name calling that has resulted any time
>someone mentioned Solas, I figured I was in for some strange stuff.
>But, lo and behold, I didn't hear any horrible musical blasphemies
>on that CD. Variations from trad, yes, but nothing that should have
>elicited the passionate complaints folks voiced.
I may have missed a few messages, but I don't recall any passionate
complaints about the new Solas CD. In fact, I think I was the only one to
write in and say I didn't like it. I don't remember being especially
passionate about it. I'm not trying to convert anyone who likes it. I was
just stating my opinion of it (perhaps I should have signed Armand's
name...). I actually heard today from a good friend who is also a very good
Irish musician, and he had very similar comments to make, basically: great
technique, not so much fun to listen to. To my ear, it doesn't sound like
Irish music anymore, for the most part. And I can't forgive them for what
they did to Charlie Lennon's "Weaving Dreams," one of my favorite of his
compositions; Doyle's accompaniment just killed the tune. Just IMHO. Isn't
it interesting that the same music can inspire such varied response?
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