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Thread #58902   Message #935370
Posted By: Big Mick
17-Apr-03 - 09:17 AM
Thread Name: Singing in dialect
Subject: RE: Folklore: Singing in dialect
Very simply, it comes down to whether or not you can pull it off. If you give the tradition that you are trying to sing in its proper respect, then you will take the time to understand the linguistics as well as the importance of the region it came from. In other words, if you are trying to sing a Belfast song with a Dublin accent, you are not giving it the proper respect. If you are not willing to put in the time to give it its due respect, then you are guilty of disrespecting the tradition. That is where you get in trouble. In that case, just sing it in your native tongue.

If you sing for groups of immigrants, you will know rather quickly.