Thank you for the depth of your input Michael. I'm not sure which of the above categories I fit in to, but I do play the guitar as well as sing a song at sessions. One thing that particularly bothered me this year was why there were no guitar classes at the Willie Clancy week. There I was, ready,willing and able to try to improve, and yet there is no official recognition of my instrument at the premier Irish traditional festival in Ireland. Why? This omission can serve the cause of Irish traditional music no good ; I, like you, am passionate about the sounds that can come from a guitar, and what they can contribute to Irish traditional music, and like you, am certain that the guitar is here to stay.