The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #82243   Message #1554935
Posted By: MartinRyan
02-Sep-05 - 01:54 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Napoleon's Defeat (from Frank Harte)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Napoleon's Defeat (from Frank Harte)

It's a pity you never met Frank. The image that the singer architect/revivalist (how he'd howl with laughter at the "monied niddle classes" reference!)tag conjures up is a long way from the reality! Frank was a man steeped in the (still living) tradition of Irish singing. It would never have crossed his mind to "claim to represent" the tradition, in any sense. He was simply a part of that tradition - conscious of its richness and diversity and doing all he could to help that tradition survive and thrive.

If we're not careful, we'll drift off into the annual "what is meant by 'traditional'?" wild goose chase!