The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #105248   Message #2163752
Posted By: Big Mick
04-Oct-07 - 01:05 PM
Thread Name: Interesting e-mail
Subject: RE: Interesting e-mail
The only thing traditional about the music and instrumentation of the Irish people (and most of the other country based "traditions" out there) is that they will change and evolve by generation. If one looked at the "traditional" Irish bands of the early 20th century, they would have been playing different instrumentation. And the arrangements would have been different. 100 years before that, same situation. The Uilleann pipes in their current version are a relatively new instrument. The "Irish Bouzouki" didn't exist in its present form prior to about the mid '60's. But one thing is very definitely traditional. It is traditional for half wit bigots, usually from the USA, to make idiotic pronouncements like this person did. And it is traditional for pompous know it alls on the other side of the pond to assume that all Yanks are like this one.

Life goes on, and so does the music.......