The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #166037 Message #3989407
Posted By: Jim Carroll
26-Apr-19 - 02:51 PM
Thread Name: Ireland's Favourite Folk Song
Subject: RE: Ireland's Favourite Folk Song
" no Ed Sheeran, which has to be a blessing"
Amen to taht, but give 'em time
" I don't really want RTE to decide what are my country's favourite songs -"
Amen to that too
It's not too long ago that RTE were contemptuously referring to Irish traditional music as "diddley-di" music
It's probably not a coincidence that exercises like these have only come to the fore at a time when traditional music proper has made it on its own terms largely without the help of the media - cynical opportunism
I know one of the ex directors of RTE - a man dedicated to traditional music - he often spoke about his struggles with 'them upstairs'
The Irish language channel, TG4 has always given traditional music its share of airspace