The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #170394   Message #4121476
Posted By: Brian Peters
30-Sep-21 - 07:30 PM
Thread Name: Question about Irish vs English fiddling
Subject: RE: Question about Irish vs English fiddling
Some good points here, especially from our guest 'PB'. If we are talking about the style still current in English music sessions, then the harmonic approach of 1970s bands like Old Swan, New Victory and Flowers & Frolics remains influential. None had a guitarist, but there were banjos and brass, and all three were based around a melodeon playing the basses in the classic 'oom-pah' style. Jacky Daly and some others do use their basses, but the technique and effect are quite different. A more leisurely pace, and a preference for polka over reel, were crucial reasons why ECM has always lent itself more readily to harmony.