No creativity in traditional music since the 1960s?
Some strong claims in a new article about Caomhín Ó Raghallaigh’s new experimental group:
"It is surprising … how little genuinely creative genetic engineering with the elements of traditional Irish music has been produced by those within or semi-resident in that community since the 1960s. Surprising, because what has changed most since the 1960s is the near-impossibility for all kinds of musician of remaining unaware of the multiplicity of musical idioms in the world."
It’s from a review of one of his live gigs over here:
I’m sure there are examples of exceptions to the rule, but in general I think he has a point…