Mudcat Café message #3181362 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #138735   Message #3181362
Posted By: Jim Carroll
04-Jul-11 - 02:45 PM
Thread Name: Do purists really exist?
Subject: RE: Do purists really exist?
"some are enhanced by accompaniment"
In your opinion - the British and Irish traditions are basically unaccompanied.
I agree that some songs can be enhanced by accompaniment, but in my experience many that are accompanied suffer by being so performed. If some clubs wish to impose a non-accompaniment rule in order to maintain a 'traditional' policy, surely that is up to them?
Many organised sessions would resist adding bodhrans to their music because the organisers believe it changes the nature of that music; surely it is their perogative to do so, not yours or mine.
"who are imposing their tastes upon others"
No - they are imposing it on their club alone, nobody elses.
"I think it is complete bollocks"
It was a special occasion, Tom had long time connections with the Frank Harte weekend, the organisers were prepared to relax their policy on this occasion proving their practice was not writ in stone - what on earth can be wrong with that?
Personally, while I can see the reasons for running a non-accompaniment club I was moved by both the club organisers willingness to compromise and by Christie's decision.
Jim Carroll