There’s money in the old trad
FWIW, there was an interview with a representative of the vintners (pub owners) on Irish radio this morning. During discussion of costs and so on, she happened to mention that there’s €1 million spent on trad annually by pubs - paying for gigs and sessions.. I was only half listening and this figure furthermore may only apply to Dublin pubs. Her definition of ‘trad’ might be loose and probably includes ballad groups etc.
Nonetheless there’s money in the old trad, if you can get into it obviously.