Musical Styles

Terry Traub

Message 5108 · 11 Oct 1996 22:17:55 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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Regarding Cape Breton and Scottish country dance styles: I enjoy all
these styles both as listener/dancer and musician. I find that while
they are different and meant for different types of dancing, you can
borrow a bit here and there. Fr'instance, I like to nod in the
direction of Cape breton by borrowing some of the drive and energy of
Cape Breton style, plus their selection of great traditional tunes,
when playng for RSCDS dancing. When I play for a CB fiddler I
sometimes like to use the solid rhythm and grandeur of Scottish
strathspey.

I guess it's not strictly Scottish or Cape Breton but it's my style,
and as a Canadian-American of Russian Jewish descent I'll never be
"authentic", but I have an outsider's appreciation and respect for
Scottish music in all its many flavors. And there's nothing like
throwing in a touch of Eastern European/Klezmer in the midst of a
Scots reel to drive my fellow musicians crazy!

Terry

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