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There are some people who view traditional Irish music as a thing of the past rather than an ever-changing and living aspect of Irish life.
There is a proper balance between respecting the music and where it came from and those who passed it on, and for those zealous aficionados of the art form a natural inclination to preserve it while allowing innovation in as well. It lives and breathes with the times that are in it.
And when one undertakes the challenge of trying to chronicle and categorize important people and elements in the Irish music realm it can certainly be a daunting task.
At the annual winter confab known as APAP (Association of Performing Arts Presenters) Conference held in New York City that concluded last weekend, the overarching theme was “owning the road ahead.”
It brought together almost 4,000 delegates throughout the U.S. and many from abroad, including a robust delegation of 70 Irish artists under the Culture Ireland banner to meet and mingle in hopes of providing work and new audiences for those who actually make a living through the arts.
Usually we are talking about sizable financial capital, but sometimes human capital is worth more than its weight in gold.