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Thread #91091   Message #1738172
Posted By: Declan
11-May-06 - 01:40 PM
Thread Name: Folklore: IPaddy Molony Commisar of Orirish Musak?
Subject: RE: Folklore: IPaddy Molony Commisar of Orirish Musak?

I was responding to what I considered to be a highly political post in the thread where it was made.

It was not my choice to place this thread above the line. Although there is a musical topic buried somewhere in this thread, I think the BS: prefix would be appropriate for a lot of what has been said so far.

To get back to the music, in my opinion the setting of a tune is a matter for the person who starts the tune on the occasion it is being played. Whether that setting was first played forty years, forty minutes or forty seconds ago does not make it any more correct or authentic.

Having said that, it is often the practice of musicians to choose to play a tune in a particular setting, as a mark of respect to a particular musician, or style, or just out of simple preference. This is fine by me too, whether that musician is Willie Clancy or Patsy Tuohy or Tommy Potts or Tommy Peoples or even (God forbid :-)) Paddy Moloney or Frankie Gavin.

It would be a very dull world if there was only one 'authorised' version of how to play a particular tune. If they ever introduce prohibition of that kind you'll find me playing in the speakeasy.