Why are Irish tune writers usually unknown? (collective memory) Percy French birthday
Good morning Friends, I was wondering why the tune writers name are usually unknown, we wouldn’t know who wrote a lot of the jigs and reels; 🙂
I have some theories:
- It has many authors (it travelled in peoples mind, as a lot of tune weren’t written down)
- Because it is passed to the next musician by ear
- It was created in a spontaneous manner in a session
- Many tune writers were having so much fun that they didn’t think of attaching their name to their art
- The organic way that a session happens made it to be part of the collective memory (so they can be common property)
- Also one tune has many names, as they’re played in a special way in each part of the country. Being hard to track the origin.
Do you guys have other ideas?
We all know Turlough O’Carolan, outstanding musician.
Or more recent tunes have usually the authors name.
My point is of course, to celebrate their life and art. So why are they unknown?
Thank you, it was Percy Frenchs birthday, and he wrote a lot of tunes and songs so I made a tribute for him.
The sessions will be back!!! 🙂