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Music That’s Good ValueClare Keville, Galway, writes:In ‘Music That’s Good Value’, (April–May), Toner Quinn writes that the ‘2009 winner of the Gradam Ceoil reflects a key belief in traditional music, that the contribution...

Music That’s Good Value
Clare Keville, Galway, writes:
In ‘Music That’s Good Value’, (April–May), Toner Quinn writes that the ‘2009 winner of the Gradam Ceoil reflects a key belief in traditional music, that the contribution of the musician on the ground over many years is equivalent to the contribution of a musician who plays to hundreds of thousands on stage worldwide annually.’ From my days as a music student, two phrases have always remained with me; the first being that traditional music resides at the hands of the solo musician, and the second that no matter what is happening on the larger stage, musicians will always welcome going back to having a few tunes in the context of the session.

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Published on 1 June 2009