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GUEST,Bardan money and irish music (31) RE: money and irish music 01 Mar 07

At the end of the day, money has been a factor in music for centuries. Do you think irish folk would even exist these days if it hadn't been for the itinerant fiddlers etc of the past or the old bands, who were all being payed and probably playing what they were payed for. I don't think you can blame money. You might be able to balme globalisation or the music industry or even the invention of sound recording, but I think these things have added to the tradition as well, and certainly made it more available. Personally I don't really understand where a lot of folk purists are coming from. The set-in-stone tradition they are trying to protect is the product of millions of inovative people and changes. Most of the instruments come from abroad. The whole reason I like folk music is because it's alive-different people have different versions of the same tune or different sets. Different people turn up to sessions with different instruments and styles and the sound changes completely. I love that fact, and I'm not going to stop vibratoing or harmonising just because it was less common seventy years ago or whatever.

Ok. Rant over. I'm ready for the burning scorn of all the traditionalists out there.

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