The general tradhead’s opinion of folk groups
I’m maybe two years into the trad scene. My family don’t have much experience of it, I got into it through the leaving cert examination where we had to learn about trad, and discovered a world of amazing music previously undiscovered to me. However while I was mainly taught about tunes and their beats etc, it was Planxty/Andy Irvine and Paul Brady that really got me into it so I would say I have more of a love/affinity for Irish folk than tunes. While I love tunes and I love playing with trad players (i play accompaniment on the mandolin as i’m not that good at playing tunes) I feel that they are best utilised in cognito with songs, ala folk groups….. do ye know what I mean? I have been told the playing of tunes has its hidden depths, and i love playing tunes, I couldn’t JUST play tunes.
Furthermore, I would like to know what those raised/experienced in trad feel about folk groups - I don’t really associate the two phenomenons together. When I have asked people I play with if they wanted to form a group to play songs and tunes, their response hasn’t been too enthusiastic, i felt it was something they don’t really associate with.
What do you think?