Down with Jazz! - the Devil’s music
There’s a festival coming up in Dublin at the end of May - Down with Jazz http://www.downwithjazz.ie/index.html - to celebrate jazz and commemorate the 1930s of Ireland when the forces of cultural nationalism threw the pure traditional music that we aspire to against the evils of jazz.
Fr.Conifrey was the chief leader of the campaign, getting support from the Gaelic League, the church and Irish politicians alike. My favourite quote from the campaign : that jazz is "abominable" music that originated in central Africa and was exported to the West by "a gang of wealthy Bolshevists in the USSR to strike at church civilisation throughout the world. And furthermore brought down the Roman Empire", no less!!
They sought to ban it from the dancehalls and from public broadcast so as to save the modesty and chastity of the plain people of Ireland whilst promoting proper national dances like four hand reels and so on, where the sexes kept their distance.
Here’s a link to a documentary on same: http://www.rte.ie/radio1/doconone/jazz.html
Have a listen, you might learn something about the revival of Irish trad music and the priest ridden society of this country - aspects slowly fading but which still have echoes in modern Ireland.