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dulcimer Song appropriateness-- (47) Song appropriateness-- 29 Apr 99

Don't want to open any heated debate or wounds among fellow Mudcatters, but...In reading the thread about the Galtree Mt. Boy, this thought occurred to me and may be our Irish commrades give me some insight. It is my perception that in America we are pretty flexible most of time about songs which may be controversial or stir up feelings of the past--not many of us get stoned or shot for singing a song which may offend some members of the audience. We may be told off and not invited back, but usually not physically attacked for our music. But if one were to sing a song about the Irish Civil War or from Rebellion Period on the 1900's in Ireland, how would it be received? Many songs which have such references sound great and are well received in the US. But what might one expect in Ireland? I know the question is going to depend on the song and the area and the audience. But I would sure hate to offend.

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