Searched on this; didn’t find anything helpful. What makes a tune sound Irish rather than, say, English (eg. Playford), Scottish, or other?
Some composers seem to push the envelope, such as Finbarr Dwyer and Paddy Fahey, but still sound ‘Irish’. Are there certain note sequences that give ITM the right sound? Is it the tempo or phrasing? Repetitive tropes? I don’t know much about music theory, but if anyone can shed light on what the essence of Irish traditional music is that distinguishes it from other forms of music, I would love to know your thoughts on this. Thanks.