Calling it "Celtic" instead of "Traditional"
Shall we call it Celtic music instead of Traditional Irish music?
Here are my reasons:
1. DEFINITION: Traditional is too vague a definition (see discussion here: https://thesession.org/discussions/34897#comment740430)
2. SONGS: Many Irish-American songs, typically sung in Boston, Holyoke, Springfield and elsewhere in the US are actually Anglo songs popularized in America during the 19th and 20th century and brought back to Ireland where they entered the lexicon in some tourist areas such as Dublin, the Dingle, etc. For example: "Danny Boy" (An English poem set to Londonderry Air).
3. DANCE FORMS: There’s evidence to prove that jigs, reels, and hornpipes came from Normandy originally and were popular in France and England well before they came to Ireland and America. Polkas came much later, as did waltzes and the other dance forms (from Bavaria, Eastern Europe). The original Irish dance form, the Carole, actually arrived from Crete with the Harp well before the Anglo invasion (see A History of Irish Music by William H. Grattan Flood). The only genuinely Irish dance form hypothesized by ethnomusicologists may be the Slip Jig, but there’s little written evidence (see again Flood).
To me, the definition of Celtic music fits better. From Wikipedia: "Celtic music is a broad grouping of musical genres that evolved out of the folk musical traditions of the Celtic people of Western Europe" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celtic_music
If we call it Celtic music, we can include everything from Caroles in the middle ages (and a lot of Carolan’s works) to the present. We can include dance forms that evolved in Europe. We can include Irish-American songs and ballads. And we can include the rest of the Irish diaspora. For those of us who have read "White Cargo (http://www.amazon.com/White-Cargo-Forgotten-History-Britains/dp/0814742963), you may or may not realize that the Celtic people have scattered all over the world, bringing their traditions with them.
Are ye with me lads (and lassies)?