Brian Peters Posted December 11, 2009 Share Posted December 11, 2009 i quite painfully obviously was not referencing fiddle styles, but concertina styles, as i suspect you understood very well the first time around It wasn't obvious to me, painfully or otherwise, that the reference was to concertina styles, as opposed to English traditional music as a whole. OK, let's stick to concertinas, then. In the reference to the "morris, marching-band english thing" you appear to be suggesting the English style of playing anglo is epitomised by marching bands. Which ones? The Liverpool Orange Order bands? The Salvation Army? Is there one single style of anglo playing for morris - have you compared William Kimber's playing with the musicans of Manley Morris, for instance? How many English players of the Anglo have you actually listened to? the poster who favors quoting out of context and flinging rude adjectives around Since we're into legalistic nitpicking, I should point out that I directed the adjective 'ignorant' towards the remark, not the remarker. in terms of the relative dementia of sartorial choices for marching bands versus morris, TO ME....morris leads by a nose. if it weren't for the bass chording, i might be tempted by the outfits.... Ah, I see, morris dancers wear silly clothes as well as dancing to crap music. Shouldn't this comment have been decorated with a smirking yellow sphere? Oh no, of course it contains the universal caveat, TO ME. No offence there, then. Over the years I've met a lot of fine players of concertinas and other instruments, from Ireland, Scotland, Europe and North America, many of whom were very passionate and proud to represent their regional traditions. All of them are usually very happy to meet someone who plays the instrument in a different style to theirs, and Irish and Scots musicians in particular are usually delighted to find an Englishman as committed to English music as they are to their own. None of them ever attempted to denigrate other people's traditions, or prove the superiority of their own by means of lazy and inaccurate stereotyping. 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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