Irish Traditional Music - Scottish Traditional Music for beginners!!
Not really posted here much in a while and thought I might begin again with this.
Many people will spend ages arguing whether in an Irish session you should here any non-Irish tunes, such as Scottish tunes - do they belong there? There are some that seem to sneak in and become accepted but then do they stop being Scottish. I heard one girl, who didn’t play much Scottish music that the Montgomery Bell Waltz was ok as it was not really Scottish. "But it was written by Gordon Gunn - a Scottish fiddler". "Yes but what difference does that make? If I wrote a tune I would consider it to be Irish".
1. What makes a tune Irish rather than Scottish?
2. (And here is the controversial bit…) Surely Irish music is just Scottish Music for beginners. Scottish music jumps around alot and has complicated things like Scotch snaps and other interesting stuff. Irish music just goes up and down like a rollercoaster. It is Diddly Music for the hard of thinking. It is simplified to help everyone understand it better - hence its greater appeal. To quote/paraphrase Michael Gill "anyone can play it". Scottish music is obviously superior and requires a more refined mind.