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GUEST,Peter Laban Playing at speed (82* d) RE: Playing at speed 18 Feb 19


If there aren't any dancers, when, in Garrett Barry's words, you're playing for the heart, not the feet, your only duty is to the music. If you can make the tune shine and bring it across, you're doing a good job and the speed doesn't really matter.

Martin Hayes doing 'the Sailor's Bonnet' with the Gloaming has become the go to piece to play behind 'meaningful' and atmospheric images in documentaries and other televised imagery. To be honest, that has outstayed its welcome a bit by now.

Last night I was at a concert, first on were Josephine Marsh and Yvonne Casey, almost serene music at a leisurely pace with plenty of space. Call it modern Clare music. After them came Seán McKeon and Liam O'Connor were on. The contrast couldn't have been greater, perhaps you could describe their music as Dublin, urban, music (one of their recordings is called 'Dublin made me' taken I presume from Donagh McDonagh's poem, would suggest they'd subscribe to that). Their music was fast, loud an bristling with musical imagination and stuff they bounced off eachother. Extremely high density stuff they pulled off with incredible skill. Would I listen to it for a long time, perhaps not but there was a lot to appreciate though while it lasted. What I mean to say is, there are more ways to skin that cat and there are loads of valid ways of tackling this dance music stuff when you're not playing for dancers.


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