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Thread #92350   Message #1764420
Posted By: Paul Burke
20-Jun-06 - 05:07 AM
Thread Name: How many Fiddlers are in England
Subject: RE: How many Fiddlers are in England
What do you mean by fast? Does, say, Tommy Peoples play too fast for you? Sean Keane? I find (most) Irish sessions played (mostly) at a comfortable pace, with a nice variation of speed and rhythm. Some fiddlers (and other msuicians) go for a blast now and again, but are generally tolerated for a tune or two then hauled into line. Too slow and the session becomes plonking.

I also find some (not all) English/ mixed sessions very samey- a concentration on slower tunes (waltzes etc.), and definitely struggling when a fairly ordinary jig, or even more so, reel is played (still slowly). And what's worse, a decided hostility to anyone who wants to improve- see comments above about musicians "showing off". You wouldn't accuse a singer of "showing off" if they sang a song you couldn't dance to... would you?