Traditional Irish Music
If I was selling my tracks it would have been fine with me, but I just wanted to
share a song with my friends of one of my several CDs of trad music. But
Soundcloud says it is not allowed for Copyright reasons.
To me Soundcloud is just for sharing stuff with my friends, and nothing else. It
doesn't matter to me whether the tracks are home made or bought, I should be able
to share stuff just like when I invite folks to my place for coffee, or beer,
enjoying ear candy etc.
Ok I feel as if I have made a case here for litigation of some kind in the
USA because really if you are selling music then Soundcloud is not the place to do
Not changing the subject too far but related news.
Now if I can just figure out how American OT Banjo and Fiddle found its way into
Irish events such as the International Ploughing Championship, then my day would
be complete. Because over here in the USA folks are running away from that sort of
thing and towards almost anything else. In a couple of words, the American 5
String Banjo is toast here!
Even though Irtrad still happens, it too is falling out of fashion through too much
of it, with the norm any more, badly played, or worse both badly played and far
too fast. It is suffering the same fate as Bluegrass did a decade ago. Messers and
speed freaks taking over.
Mentioning Celtic music played at a good tempo brings me to the 'Festival
interceltique de Lorient' where I find reels performed at a viable tempo on the
Highland Bagpipe by a team of players! The Irish acts at the event, especially
last year, 2014, were desperate, pure and utter stuff that rhymes with white and
begins with 's'. Out of tune Banjo, starting tunes too fast and then not able to
keep it together, I was embarrassed to have to suffer such abuse. If ye down in
Cork must murder Irtrad, then please do it on simple tunes that ye know, and stop
trying to play tunes that nobody knows, not even you!
This year, 2015, slightly better, at least the artists kept to well known tunes
that are nearly impossible to screw up, but still looking for a tempo that would
work, if they found it, and they didn't. Again letting our canny cousins, the
Scots, take the roses for the reels and jigs, on the Highland Bagpipes, and
playing in big bands as well.
Just to round it off with something utterly ridiculous, Doc Watson was able to
play tunes in the Frailing style on the American Banjo without 'thumb' crossing,
as well and better than the geniuses who do cross the thumb
You read it on Tradconnect where Irish people are welcome to share their ideas
about Irtrad, and other things, without any fear of Jeremy Keith and his anti-
Irish yalla website harassing them.