I ran across a quote by Neil Young that makes sense to me:
"I like to play with people who can play simple and are not threatened by other musicians thinking they can’t play.
And that eliminates 99 percent of the musicians."
This, I think, has definite application to people who play Irish music. Sometimes I want to give it all up after looking at all the youtube phenoms, esp. the young peeps you commonly see on "Comhaltas" postings playing cleanly and competently at a blistering speed.
But then I am reminded of what Neil says. In my mind, playing "simple" is not easy. And speed and ornamentation have their place, but only their place.