About time this old one came up again….
Just been listening to the recent collections of old material, like "Round the House and Mind the Dresser", "It was Mighty…" and so on. And it occurs to me that players in days gone by played a much wider variety of tune types than what you’ll hear in sessions of today, with their wall-to-wall reels.
Don’t get me wrong, I like my reels. And jigs and hornpipes. But I also like polkas, mazurkas, germans, slides…even schottisches, airs, barndances and marches.
Apart from the odd one, you won’t too many of these "old" tune types played at today’s sessions. And they’re meant to be reflecting Irish "Traditional" Music. Also, I think listeners like a variety rather than just reel after reel being reeled out.
Hummmm…I feel better for that already.
Have I got it wrong? Am I yet again courting controversy?
Do I care?