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Thread #58902   Message #935089
Posted By: michaelr
16-Apr-03 - 08:19 PM
Thread Name: Singing in dialect
Subject: RE: Folklore: Singing in dialect
As a singer performing Scots and Irish songs for American audiences, I feel that the old-fashioned wording is in many cases hard enough for modern casual listeners to follow. If I were to put on an accent or failed to "translate" dialect words, I'm sure the audience response would be a resounding "Huh?" I do put in the odd "me" for "my", but generally I sing the songs in "American".

Rapaire is right, though -- I, too, pick up local inflections subconsciously. People keep asking me where in Ireland I'm from -- and I haven't even been there yet!