Have the popular tunes “always” been so popular?
I noticed, that many of the popular tunes, that are often played at various sessions, are also recorded on old Bothy Band, Dubliners, etc. recordings.
So I was wondering, if those tunes (Kesh Jig, King of the Fairies..these really popular ones) became popular because they where promoted through the recordings of those first famous Irish bands, or if they already had been "mainstream" in Ireland, even before these first big successful recordings.
But it might probably be quiet difficult to determine, which tunes where played most frequently a 100 years ago…
Have there even been any tunes played frequently through all of Ireland in times before recordings and radio?