How do I say this…
Irish music can be ineffable, to say the least. Take the simplest jig with every (melody) instrument playing the same line in unison. I’m talking about a tight session* where the players know the jig well enough to play it together; perhaps not accurately but they listen closely to the other players and thus play in unison, w/precision*. Yet each instrument has a distinct voice, a different way of articulating rhythm. In other words an uilleann pipers instrument’s voice is distinct from that of a tin whistle. A fiddler’s voice is distinct from that of a button accordion. Yet each of these players; all of them can play a jig together, in unison with their distinctly articulated voices making it musical. It’s ineffable! It sessionable ~ probably not a word but there it is.
Or am I skating on thin ice?
* (tight session?) … (in unison, w/precision?) I’m only partly making up these bits. PM me if you want to know what I mean. It’s not relevant to the topic though if I’m responding effably, isit?