The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #152354 Message #3563134
Posted By: Will Fly
01-Oct-13 - 05:43 AM
Thread Name: Traditional Music: Where are we going wrong?
Subject: RE: Traditional Music: Where are we going wrong?
Mmm... this is the sort of thing the tourist industries go for:
France: Berets, the Eiffel Tower, striped jerseys, onions, garlic, accordions
Germany: Sausage, lederhosen, oompah bands, lager, Tyrolean hats with feathers
England: Morris dancing, London buses, the Union Jack, bowler hats, postboxes, cricket
Wales: Singing, rugby, women in tall hats and shawls, lava bread
Switzerland: Cuckoo clocks (Austrian of course), yodelling, alpenhorns, William Tell
Scotland: Bagpipes, kilts, tartan generally, malt whisky, shortbread, tweeds
Ireland: Guinness, diddley-diddley music, blarney, green
Etc., etc. Add your own bits and stir until bored. Clichés and stereotypes to pull in the tourist Euro, pound, dollar, yen.
I couldn't care less if the music that I cared about (whatever that might be) failed to be associated with all this nonsense.