Dance Music w/o Dancing
I’m a new whistle player, appreciating ITM for its emphasis on ear training (I’ve always played other instruments with sheet music), natural ornamentation, and because I have friends in the local trad community.
I’m also bumping into people (podcasts, articles) adamant almost to the point of hostility at the thought of veering off the strictly historical path of tune selection and performance style. If it wasn’t done for years, just don’t do it.
So help an Irish/Scottish interloper understand, and I’m sincere about this. Isn’t nearly all of this dance music, and isn’t it almost never played for dancers? How traditional is a music-only session? Is it the era we’re in? Please help me calibrate. Thanks.