If you live in the UK or Ireland, how likely are you to hear trad music in non-pub or session settings?
Following on from my last thread about asking how to get my US college peers more familiar with trad music (I really appreciate the replies and video links), I wanted to ask this question.
I would guess that since most of the music here originates in Ireland and the UK, and both countries are smaller than the US, that many non-players would be familiar with listening to trad music to a very small extent. So would it be likely, for example, to walk into a clothing store in Dublin and hear a Chieftains album plying while customers shop?
I’m just curious as to how familiar most non-trad players are in the countries where much of this music originated. I remember watching a YouTube clip of Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh from Altan (sorry, my Voice-Over program is bad with some accents) talking about how she wished the Irish government would be more supportive of trad music, and I felt surprised at this, because I would have thought the government would be in full support of their own music, which is essentially their history.
I would love to know others’ thoughts on this.