At what point does Traditional music turn into a different genre.
I’d like to discuss at what point does Irish Traditional music turn into a different genre.
I believe that people have lost sight of what the word tradition means. When does a tradition of music stop becoming a tradition and not just another form or genre of music?, which in my opinion has started already in both the Irish and other traditions. That to me is how we loose a tradition, by making it as far away from the underlining tradition as one can. I understand that many contemporary genres have been influenced by traditional music, but they are well defined, unlike the new trad with whatever genre your having movement.
For me, if a group or solo artist is playing in a style/genre of mostly contemporary piece (Jazz, Blues, funk, Pop etc.) of music on a fiddle, concertina, uilleann pipes or any other traditional instrument used in ITM, its still a contemporary piece of music, its not TRAD, its Blues, Pop or whatever played on folk and traditional instruments, that alone doesn’t define it as traditional music.
Its a big topic at the moment and many will have strong opinions, which is fine as long as you stick to the rules for the forum and be nice.