I was delighted to see this post in the Journal of Music about the Arts Council of Northern Ireland having established a forum to develop traditional music in the region.
It advocates the inclusion of traditional Irish music in Northern Irelands formal music education system. This is a wonderful proposal, especially as Ireland has such a unique and popular music of it’s own – many countries would kill for such identity.
Also, since Irish music has grown in popularity, many musicians are making a living from traditional music, young students should be made aware that it is a viable career choice. Or that they could teach Irish music, which is steadily growing in popularity.
The meeting will focus on the aspirations of those people who front the trad music scene in the north.
The meeting is taking place on October 16th, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed.