The above reel is very telling, isn't it?
So no, NOT ALL leading ITM players play Anglo, unless I'm mistaken about the given clip, and it's not a leading player, the music is not ITM, or is far away from what is considered ITM by some.
Noel Hill, Tim Collins, Michael O'Rhaillagh, Naill Vallely are all world-class Anglo players.
Yes, I agree. I also agree, that a young piano player, conservatory graduate, any, will play circles around even Nail Valley technically. And it's been shown every time when Nail plays with piano accompaniment, and lets pianist to have a lead. No matter how fast or complex Nail's playing is, pianist is faster and more complex. And they are a far cry from World class piano players. But we have covered it before, only very stubborn people with cardboard ears can't hear the difference in subtle detailing world class musicians are capable of, in comparison to simple homegrown folk stars. Each field demands it's standards.
To say "The closer they get to "world class", the less of a traditional players they are." is just silly. Do you mean that traditional players lack technique or sophistication?
Not so silly (thank you), and yes, they do lack technique and especially sophistication. Part of it is their training, that doesn't have formality and strict quality bars, part is their instruments, that are not designed for such performance. Part is the music, that has very different appeal, part is not having to be universal players.
A world class musician may not be always exciting to listen to, but can play anything at any given time in any given key or level of complexity (within reason).
A traditional musician is only capable of such things within the tunnel of music he is accustomed with. A blessed one he is.
So the phrases: "World class Jew's harp player", or "World class bones player" are really meaningless on a World scale.
But it's the good thing, to have something unique, that World Class has nothing to do with. Why do you even want to emphasize that childish wish to have Concertina accepted by the World? Who cares?
Sorry, but you can't tell very much.
As far as I can tell, Leading ITM AC (wow!) players are as far from been "World Class Players" as any Joe-Shmoe, picking a melody with one finger on Piano.
I'm very glad you know how to maintain yourself during a discussion. But it's the old news.
I'd suggest you give Glenn Gould another listening and then switch to Nail Valley. But it's futile.
Yes, people do laugh at clowns, especially at those, who don't realize it. Especially pitiful is the necessity to add: "World Class CONCERTINA player". It just sells immediately the unintended excuse for lower level.
Once again, Traditional Folk music is designed not to be listened to, but played and participated in. Nuances and sophistication have nothing to do with it. The more of the above you got, the farther you get from the tradition, the less people can participate, more technical demand is placed on you, and more formality you need in your education. And what is left is "folk" dance performed by Ballet dancers on central stages, with symphony orchestra accompaniment.
River Dance doesn't represent ITM.
But don't despair, Moiseev Folk Ensemble doesn't represent Russian traditional dance just as well. I'm sure you know what I'm talking about.
Boney, I didn't really say that I don't like Irish music, I just said I can't listen to it unaccompanied for long. I said a few times, that young generation of Irish players will make folks like Noel Hill try harder.