Has there been a “Real Book” in trad?
I’ve been getting into Adam Neely’s YT channel lately. He posted a video a couple of years ago discussing the history of the Real Book in jazz and its functions as an equalizer and a gatekeeping test at jam sessions. https://youtu.be/dD0e5e6wI_A This struck chords with me as related to Irish trad.
Discussion topic — has a "Real Book effect" like this made an impact in trad? I’m thinking of influential collections like O’Neill’s, Bulmer & Sharpley, maybe Smoke Gets In Your Eyes and Foinn Seisiun, or even the de facto influence of "setting #1 on thesession.org."