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Thousands of fans thronged to Castleblayney at the weekend to see a bronze statue of Big Tom unveiled by President Michael D. Higgins and the launch of the official biography titled Big Tom – The King of Irish Country by Galway author and broadcaster Tom Gilmore from Bodane, Tuam.
Irish traditional music is one of the great survivors of history. Maybe it was because we are an island, way off on our own in the western Atlantic, and until the latter decades of the last century, out of hearing from the mass cultural movements of popular cinema, radio and TV, especially the modern music from Europe and the US, that something distinctive has survived. As a boy I would only hear traditional music sessions in a few Gaelteacht areas, or from the welcoming Standún family in Spiddal, or at the Féiseanna at An Taibhdhearc, which was more memorable for the day off from school than it was for the music.