Alan Day's last post, included these questions:
Does it only exist in Irish music, this snobbery? Should only Irish play it? Or is it that only Irish players can play it properly?
Alan, I personally believe that this very unpleasant snobbery element on the Irish Music scene is a direct result of the CCE involvement in general & more specifically their dreaded Competitions which for my money, succeed in somehow brainwashing kids into thinking that because they have won some silly little plastic medal at a stupid competition, that they are now somehow miraculously better musicians than other musicians around them.
ITM is NOT a sport! ..... or can we expect to see ITM races at the next Olympics?
Snobbery is a very unpleasant, unflattering & an absolutely disgusting element of the ITM scene, today.
However, I have never found this nasty & very unpleasant flaw in sessions of older musicians.
Alan, I am interested & pleased to hear you say you haven't come across it in your sessions. However, I would be surprised if it didn't exist in CCE run sessions & spin offs, in areas of England where Comhaltas hold sway.
I have seen very little evidence of it in Scotland either, by the way.
As for your 2nd & third questions, sadly there are spacers out there who actually believe this to be the case ..... i.e. the football hooligans of the ITM World.
Naturally, at most sessions, at least in this area, any musician who turns up with a musical instrument is welcome to join in, & we are even more delighted when they demonstrate that they are interested enough to have learned to play the tunes we know & love. We really, really don't care whether they are from Clare or Katmandu, Galway or Gibralter, Mayo or Madrid! If they are pleasant, friendly & interesting people, who also play music, then they are of course, very welcome indeed.
The notion that only Irish folk can play ITM is of course racist to the core & should not be tolerated among any decent musicians, anywhere!
So tell me, does session snobbery exist in your area? Do you tolerate it at your session?
P.S. Sorry Alan, I hope you don't mind me borrowing your questions?
P.P.S. Of course, Concertina Players have no need to display any snobbery ....... because everyone knows we are better than all other musicians!
Edited by Ptarmigan, 08 March 2009 - 06:17 AM.