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Date: 2006-05-03 10:31
Subject: Thoughts on judging
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As a part of its 75th Birthday celebration, the Ionia Theatre is host to the First Annual Celtic Battle of the Bands. We attended last Sunday's battle, wherein five bands (Rare Combination, Craic Wisely, Equinox, Thistle Head, and Fonn Mor) competed. First place went to Craic Wisely, which I found disappointing. A large group of Craic Wisely fans were among spectators at the battle and were extremely vocal in their support of the band, but for a combination of audience responsiveness and musicianship, I believe first place should have gone to Fonn Mor. Each member of Craic Wisely appeared to be doing his utmost to drown out the other members, resulting in a wall of sound that made distinguishing instrumentation, let alone the words to the songs, impossible.

I think the judges must have been paying more attention to the way the audience responded to each band than to the music itself. Had I been in charge, first place would have gone to Fonn Mor, Second to Equinox, and Third to Craic Wisely.
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User: dizzi_d
Date: 2006-05-03 15:39 (UTC)
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You could give a *separate* award for "audience participation" and reinforce that it would be completely isolated and distinct from the actual contest winner...
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User: jebra
Date: 2006-05-03 17:39 (UTC)
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I've concluded that the event should have been called Celtic Battle of the Pub Bands. In that context, Craic Wisely would have been the logical winner. For best performance of Celtic music, though, Fonn Mhor should have won without a doubt.

If they'd only played everything less cleanly and too loud, they might have won.

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