Jerk move, or what?
A while back I found myself at a session that was quite wonderful except for one inexplicable moment. A fiddler launched into a set of jigs which included the tune Calliope House. He played it in D.
After the set the guitarist who was leading the session asked him what the name of the middle tune was. He said "Calliope House". The guitarist said "The tune I know as Calliope House is in E. Does anybody know Calliope House?"
At this point a few fiddlers sat up straight on the edges of their seats and proceeded to play a louder, faster version of the exact same fecking tune, this time in the key of E. For what it’s worth, the original ‘offender’ seemed to be able to play it in E with no problem.
It really left a bad taste in my mouth.
A) What’s the harm?
B) Scottish tunes have been put into the common keys forever.
C) Why be an obtuse jerk about it even if you think you have a valid point?
What do you think?