Tom, reels travelled from Scotland to Ireland and back, there has always been influence , and the names of reels, jigs and tunes have changed so often.
There is no isolated Irisch trad music culture, as there is no isolated Scottish trad music.
Tunes changed continent with sailors, nowadays with airplane passangers…
“One of the features of traditional music is its capacity for absorption, retention and change. Traditional music has always drawn on many influences and sources: for example, the ballroom schottisches and polkas of polite 19th-century society, English music-hall songs, Scottish bagpipe music, and even the music of visiting blackface minstrel troupes. The trend continues to the present day - there is a current fashion for making traditional dance tunes from such commonplace material as the theme tune from "Dallas". The traditional group De Danann have made a hornpipe from the Beatles' song 'Hey Jude'. Whether or not these tunes survive in the future will be determined by the community, in this case the other traditional musicians and their audience.”
“In this context, 'Irish' means absorbing other influences and making them feel at home.”http://www.irelandseye.com/aarticles/cu ... al/tm.shtm
“Irish music is Scottish music with its corsets off.”
A quote from TheSession forum “Similarities and differences in Irish and Scottish Traditional music.”https://thesession.org/discussions/33128
Here are some more CBA players with trad tuneshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78d7byy5s68
The Moving Cloud / Maids of Mt. Ciscohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XL88Y1BKc8s
Paddy Faheys Reelhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wvKlQNCZmo
The Kerry Jighttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xB2mtoJ__DQ
The queen of the fair
I bet this accordionist, now living in the USA, could play Irish reels so fast and idiomatic, if asked…
Enjoy this chromatic button accordion:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gP8wNFLnSkk
Alexander Sevastian playing "Spanish Capriccio" by Moritz Moszkowski
“In short, to say that the true "traditional" music of Ireland died with the harpists is to fail to recognise the parallel tradition of dance music played by the ordinary public on instruments which have been evolving in an unbroken development history to today's instruments.”http://www.standingstones.com/cmaoitm.html
Any music instrument can be idiomatic in a folk music genre or style, as long as it is played by talented players.
It depends on the talents of the players, not the CBA layout.
“Instrumental tradition is against it, of course, in the sense that the conventional boxes for Irish are first and foremost half-step diatonics, generally in B/C or C#/D, plus a fair few PAs. It might only happen on CBA where an established player from another genre becomes interested in Irish trad.”
By the way, the diatonic B/C or C#/D or G/C or … bisonoric accordions all have their origins in central Europe, from Austria, Germany, in the 1820s-1840s.
Isn’t it ironic they all play on, originally, Austrian and German music instruments, and call this ITM, Irish traditional music.
The same with the concertina, the 30 button anglo(-chromatic) concertina, this is a German music instrument, the basics of this system were made in Germany by Carl Friedrich Uhlig in 1834.
The only concertina that has it’s origins in England, is the C. Wheatstone alternating layout “English concertina”.
Even the harp, the symbol of ITM, has it’s origins in another country
“The earliest harps and lyres were found in Sumer, 3500 BC”https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harp#Near_East