|Free Music/Folk Arts for Free People
Let us dance at the crossroads again...
Grant us the music of the birds of the Earth's organic glory...C.J.B.1999
The musician here is probably not playing for money. Traditionally ordinary people played music.
I am Conrad Bladey please take a moment to consider how you might help to restore folk and traditional music and all folk arts to the people-as a gift upon the wind for the soul.
who'd play music or a danceset " -J.MacNamara
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"There was music in nearly every house where we come from up in the humps, hollows, wet, bad land, all bog and lake....It was within you and you could take it with you wherever you went in life"-Pete Woods
Our values and
What a freed music event looks like
Which follow our
Interested in freeing the music
|The Oral Traditional Realm-No see Circle C
The music and philosophy of Peadar O'Riada sing out my philosophy loud and clear. You are well advised to read his recording notes and listen to the earth and world speak through his music.
"the sixties--a time when much of the music was played at sessions in the houses around. The pub has taken over this role now and quite often commercial interests dictate the pace, quality and repertoire of the music played. I regret this."
"....It seems to me to be a bit odd to take away the parameters within which the live performance takes place. Nature is full of great music, and I have tried to reflect accurately its presence in my life...I am not the composer but a window through which the voice of my people may sometimes be heard"
-Peadar O'Riada, Winds-Gentle Whisper, Notes. 1996,Bar None Records AHAON-068-2
Pete woods teaches us of the root of all music within the tunes and the interpreters of the mind. these work without the aid of the performer or the sound man- they, you must understand, are not the true live parts of the music!!! They are mortal while the tunes remain immortal no matter how they are played nor how,when, or where they are heard.
"Music was everywhere with me"-Pete Woods
"Reid used to say, "It's no matter a jot how bad a musician is, especially if he's a middlin' auld fella, you'll always learn something
from him, another tune or a tune in a different setting. "And that was true, for without the people who kept it alive, both good and bad
musicians, there would be no music. Without the man who took up his fiddle to scratch out a few tunes at the end of his day's work,
or the woman, like my own mother, who took the time to show her children how the different sounds were made, the only notes that
would be on the air would come from the birds."-Pete Woods p. 46.
We must always remember that when we are dealing with
the folk tradition we are dealing with
the mother's milk of generations for which there can be no fee or charge without clogging the nipple!.
If you need to pay money go get a plastic jug of the tradition from a professional player or crafter. No child can grow
in the tradition however, without the free flow of mothers milk. There is no substitute!-C.Bladey 1998
Here is the philosopy of Packy
Burn- I think it has relevance for us all.
"I do know that some of the old musicians, like musicians my age, are a little bit
narrow-minded when it comes to giving out tunes. Like, if they would compose a tune, or
pick up a tune in some foreign area, that they knew wasn't in this particular area, they
would come & play it here, but they wouldn't want, they would look down on a tape recorder or anything like that
and.....they wouldn't play it too many times, in case somebody picked it up. You know, I don't like that
feeling, I think that is wrong, wrong. And the same thing about songs. There are people jealously
guarding their songs, and, good God, songs and music's for everybody. Like, songs & music, it's a
language, why not spread it? It's in the air all around you. Why, if we were keen
enough to pick it up, the breeze out there in the trees is music. Therefore, it don't belong
to anyone. It comes from, I don't know where, but it, music is to be spread around.
I would love to have a bunch of kids around me, as I sometimes do have, and I would
play away at music for them. I wouldn't mind. I'd love that, because I think, the thing
about it is, one day, I don't know how soon, but, I'm bound to die, I'll not live forever.
And when I do, I don't want the music that I've spent years & years learning, back home
when I was a kid, I don't want that to go down in the soil with me. Even though I won't
be there to hear it, I would like to think, the day before I die that, well, there's one thing
about it, the tunes I've been playing over the last sixty-five or whatever, sixty-six, years
I am now, at least, that's going to be carried on. That's the tradition. That's how the
way to keep the tradition going. But I'm afraid there are some people that just don't
look at it that way. And it's such a pity."
- Packy Burn KC public radio program "Ballads, Bards, & Bagpipes:"
Our philosophy sets out to free the tradition and
restore the presence of music and folk
arts and productions within society. We agree that any entrance fee and copyright are barriers
to those who wish to partake of the wonders of tradition and we see any division of status between the performer and the people
to be an unfortunate intrusion of values of the modern world and international culture. This intrusion hinders the free transmission
of the culture which occurs best amongst equals. We do not believe that performance as performance as entertainment contributes
to transmission and growth of the tradition as does face to face interaction and production of
cultural artifacts primarily for the purposes of transmission and development of the culture.
While we recognize that there has always been a paid and patronized professional musician class we also recognize that once the
active production music and other folk arts permeated society at all levels and was found virtually everywhere. Professional musicians
in such a culture were the exception rather than the rule. Musicians and all folk artists, as ordinary people all must walk the same earth
upon the same paths and share freely their skills and productions.
The free and unrestricted exchange of cultural productions- tunes and
stories and craft is an obligation of the musician or performer or
crafter. Loyalty must be first to the tradition and not to
profit or fame. We respect that there will always be a performer or commissioned
artist but we also realize that without effective and unrestricted free
transmission that there is little chance for the revival of folk ways within
the culture as a whole. It is not quality but the very existence
of the tradition and its continued transmission which is important. The
more people reached,however, the more possibility of locating genius.
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"You'd rely for learning on the traveling musicians and on the men
that might travel seven miles one direction and you another seven to meet at a fair"-Pete Woods
"Competitions, No he said "It changes the music and what
gives anyone the right to judge"
-Pete Woods p.102
"I went over to lok at a hollow in the field. It was early
in the morning and the dew was still heavy on the grass. The holliow was
filled with a mist and I walked down into it. I don't know how long
I was down there. I have no memory of it beyond hearing music. I didn't
see anything ore anyone, playing or otherwise. It just seemed the
most natural thing in the world that there should be music coming from
nowhere in a hollow in a field...."
-Pete Woods p.108
Freed Events strive
to come as close as possible to an organic relationship
between the music, craft, tradition, performer and listener. There should be no barrier or
artificial link between them. Following this basic guideline will help to free your music.
It is really not appropriate for us to talk of events. Ours are more just sort of arranged
happenings. It takes determination and effort to free your event but it will be well
worth it. Here are the guidelines which must be followed for a Freed Music (or craft or folk) event.
We will soon have suggestions as to how these guidelines might be implemented. We
are interested in all forms of input. Let us know your suggestions. send e.mail
"We played music together on the weekends, for fun and not for a living. Once I was playing for sport it changed my music. It started to come easier to me. " -Peter Woods p.131
If your event follows the guidelines and philosophy outlined on these
pages then we
will gladly provide publicity here. Please send us your information by e. mail. Describe
the event and provide contact addresses. If you wish for us to use your e.mail for a link
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This piper is most likely
a professional -a member of
the musician class patronized
by the elite. After the fall of
the warlord chefs such
musicians became traveling
teachers and dance masters
who would also hire themselves
out for a fee. This class of
professionals was small. Most
people played their own music
as a part of their daily lives
at home, at work, at the
crossroads and at fairs. The
goal is that music should
once again reside with the
people and pros alike!
"I would travel anywhere I was asked to play"-Pete Woods p.43
We will post information concerning any participating
musician or performer or craftsman
Performing and playing according to our philosophy and guidelines does not mean that you can not also be a professional musician and make money! Nor that just because artists work without fee that there will be no quality! One does have to live! And we respect that some exist within the professional patronized class. But, the making of music or art is not restricted to the professional. Additionally the custom of setting musicians and artists appart blocked off by fences from the people is most inappropriate for anything or event using the name folk or celtic.
Our events will allow you to sell your own recordings and the usual materials- tee shirts books etc.... We will in fact have no middleman and no fee for your spot -so you will be ahead won't you. Additionally we encourage you to bring flyers so that you can make each member of the audience a loyal fan who will turn up at all of your pay for view venues, purchase your recordings and materials and essentially contribute toward your every success.
The difference in our events is that you will reach absolutely everyone
who can get to the event and freely walk in the door. Think of the entry
fee we are not charging as going toward that cd purchase or toward obtaining
tickets for your next concert! I think it is well worth the investment!
Think also of that visitor as your next band member- a person able to put
roots down into the tradition not as a mere visitor but as a participant.
When the tradition grows in this way we all benefit!
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The TOTSNIIC concept has recently evolved into a concern for the development
of the Oral Traditional Realm
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O'Riada, Pedar. Winds-Gentle Whisper. Bar None Records,
AHAON 068-2, 1996.
(A wonderful CD- a good proclamation of his philosophy)
O'Riada, Pedar., Amidst These Hills., Bar None Records, AHAON-053, 1994.
The Living Note. "The Heartbeat of Irish
Photographs: Christy McNamara
The O'Brien Press
This is essential reading!
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