Frustrated wannabe pop stars?
I’m was at Celtic Connections there and apart from the excellent Paul Brady/Andy Irvine gig, most of what I saw was pretty depressing.
It seems to me that more and more trad musicians are trying desperately to be trendy both in the style of music and the way they dress. Some of the stuff I heard was just really bad prog pop trad, that’s the only way I can describe it. I wonder why don’t these people just form pop bands instead of trying to make trad trendy.
At least Paul Brady has the decency to distinguish between his trad stuff and his pop stuff, he didn’t play one single pop song at that gig with Andy Irvine. I write pop/rock songs myself so I’ve nothing against good pop music, I just find that a lot of the stuff I’m hearing is neither good pop music or good trad, it’s just trad tunes dressed up in very bad pop music clothes.
Some of the haircuts were even worse, what is going on with trad music. Is the dreaded Pop Idol culture infiltrating it?!!!