> While the Scots were somewhat interested they did not want > anything that was not as perfect as their recordings and they also felt > that no matter how good the musician was, unless they had been born and > brought up in Scotland, they could not play properly. It took a great > deal of effort on the part of the musicians to convince the dancers that > yes, we could play, we would flock to any workshop given by an experienced > dance musician, please help us learn.
We're approximately at this stage now in Germany. There is a small handful of
locals who get to play for various workshops and functions, but for the more
prestigious events it is still mandatory to have musicians from the UK. We're
much closer to there than you are, which is at once a good thing and a bad
thing -- a bad thing because it is comparatively simple and cheap for event
organisers to bring in the musical big guns from England and Scotland, so the
pressure isn't as big to encourage local talent, and a good thing because we
do get easier hold of the same musicians for workshops.
Anselm Lingnau, Friedberg, Germany ..................... email@example.com
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