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Thread #27070   Message #661655
Posted By: GUEST,Annraoi
02-Mar-02 - 10:45 PM
Thread Name: Ulster Scots Music
Subject: RE: Ulster Scots Music
Refresh. John Moulden and I have had some exchange of ideas on this topic. Nothing too deep as we both have bigger fish to fry, but I grew up knowing only one type of "folk" music and that was simply called "music" or, if a finer definition were required, Traditional Music. there was no such thing as Ulster Scots Music. There were tunes composed by Scots musicians - Scott Skinner's tunes were held in very high regard, for example, and the late great Jimmy Shand's music was greatly admired throughout Ireland. On the whole, the essential unity of the Traditional Music of both countries was accepted. It came as something of a shock to me when I found out that the grat reel "The Mason's Apron" is Scottish in origin.
I do not like this recent attempt make the music an instrument of political divisivness and will have none of it. On another thread I have asked for a definition of Ulster Scots Music. I am still waiting for an answer.