How do I describe myself ?
I was going to contribute my two cents yesterday but thought better of it but now, today having just watched the link above provided by KML:
TG4: Canúintí Ceoil (Part 2)
I thought I would like to ask a question and see if it resonates with anybody else’s feelings.
I was never ‘taught’ by a traditional musician, I don’t live in an area reknowned for it’s musical tradition or in fact much in the way of ITM being played or indeed any other kind of traditional music. I don’t believe I play in a particular ‘style’ be it regional or after a particular musician. There’s nothing in my family by way of musical tradition being handed on.
So, the question is this - just how do I describe myself in terms of the music I play. Traditionalist, stylist, poser, or could I claim to be forging my own particular version of ‘a traditional’ music. Could it be said I’m just inventing something akin to ITM or is it because of my relative isolation from other musicians playing in the Irish tradition that I have a lack of continuity or connection.
I have to say that I’m not too really worried about what label might be affixed so feel free, my only interest is playing the music because I like it…
# Posted on March 1st 2008 by john knoss
This was brought to the front of the queue because it just felt like John needed our full attention, instead of it resting down toward the end of a previous thread and requiring some digging 😉 ~
Discussion: The Invention of Tradition
# Posted on February 28th 2008 by ceolachan