Mudcat Café message #3181323 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #138735   Message #3181323
Posted By: Jim Carroll
04-Jul-11 - 01:30 PM
Thread Name: Do purists really exist?
Subject: RE: Do purists really exist?
"but I would like to see on the IRISH singers clubs circuit a relaxation of the strict unaccompanied rule."
A couple of years ago the Frank Harte Weekend organisers announced a "mystery guest" had requested to perform as a tribute to collector Tom Munnely, who had recently died. The guest turned out to be Christy Moore, who had been told that they were happy he should perform, as he always did, accompanied, but he replied that as an acknowledgement to Tom's work of recording traditional singers, he would prefer to sing without accompaniment.
I am not aware of any "rule" saying singing should be unaccompanied, but I see no reason why any club should not adopt any policy they wish regarding who they book or what and how they sing - it is for neither you nor me to imose our tastes on any club - if you don't like it, stay away.
Whether it is to our own personal tastes, chacun son gout.
Jim Carroll