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“... isolationism in music is certain death to
found in ‘Irish’ sessions in UK, or
the opposite ‘anything but Irish’
nonsense current in some regions
the real tradition. What we need, along with
of England. Such isolationism
in music is certain death to the
real tradition, despite the best
the concert stage, is a real, sensible good-time
of intentions. What we need,
along with the inevitable concert
stage, is a real, sensible good-
attitude to our own regional music.”
time attitude to our own regional
music, while accepting that there
is a world outside folk music and
without any hangups or the kind of
most of the public think that is the it, we KNOW it’s different from Ireland’ in their own local bar you’ll
nationalism and silly regionalism
case. It would be great if things eurofolk. Well, let’s start providing know what I mean.
which normal people find a total
became more local in music as it again on our own doorsteps.
turnoff, whatever the context.
well as the much promoted ‘local Our authorities need to be Now ‘to conclude and finish’
food’ campaign. After all, in that encouraging this, not actively as the old Irish song has it, my
Laurie Lewis, in her song,
context, what is more satisfying obstructing it via extortionate contention is that we’ve seriously
recognised the value of a sense
than going out and picking your pub music licences, hall charges lost our sense of place, and it’s
of place, and it’s certainly
own blackberries? They really do and other restrictions, which is time we found it again. I do
something we ought to consider
taste better than the supermarket my sad experience in Dumfries realise that it’s a different world
in these globalised days. Such
version, don’t they? Local real & Galloway where I now live. The to when Seamus Ennis and Peter
consideration can only augment
ales are great but Shepherd small scale local gathering of Kennedy did their stalwart work in
the validity of whatever material
Neame in Scotland and Deuchars traditional musicians is a REAL the 1950s, and that that world can
you choose, especially if it’s from
in Dover, is crackers. What’s boost to an area’s tourist potential, never be recreated, nor should
outside your own experience.
wrong with the local stuff, even if as well as being part of the cultural it be. Just the same, when we
You owe it to yourself, as well as
either is better than Eurolager. heritage they’re always banging play our music, why not consider
the tradition, to learn what you
Returning to the musical context, on about! A concert with an where it came from, and maybe
can about your song or tune in
isn’t it a lot better to listen to Irish supergroup in Scotland just listen to Jeannie Robertson before
question and more particularly,
LOCAL music. Surely it’s what doesn’t have the same enjoyment taking one of her songs second
the person it came from. The
we are all delighted to find in or validity as a visit to a local (or third) hand, and then, I hope,
real stuff came from people, not
Suffolk, Clare, Lisbon or wherever fiddle and accordion club there. If doing it your own way.
books! q
we travel. When travelling we you’ve heard the pipes echo over
want to hear the music in its real a Scottish loch, or if you’ve been Of course, by local music, I don’t
social context and not staged lucky enough to meet the kind of mean with the kind of precious,
* ‘highheidyins’ – a lovely Scots
for the tourists and when we find fiddlers eulogised in a ‘Song for chauvinistic attitude too often
word for ‘those in charge’
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