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. Clich├ęs 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.