I remember some time ago learning about traditional Irish music and how a lot of the music wasn't written with our modern time signature structure, but was instead written as a series of 2 beat / 3 beat combinations.
I've been searching google for this and haven't been able to find anything on this practice that I'm pretty certain I learned about some time ago.
For example Michael McGlynn's arrangement of Dulaman would have had a rhythm notated as:
(1) 2 2 3 3 3 2 2 3 3 3 (Total: 26 + 1) V1 3 3 2 2 3 2 2 2 3 3 (Total: 25) C 3 3 2 2 3 2 2 2 3 3 (Total: 25) C 2 2 3 3 3 2 2 3 3 2 (Total: 25) V2 ... and so on
Strangely the piece appears to be composed in this way and then the modern time signature conventions were sorta forced onto the sheet music afterward.
It seems like a strange mix between Free Time and Additive Meter, but the descriptions of either of those don't seem to fit what I'm looking for.
Free Additive Meter? Something like that, where it's in Free Time but the rhythm is notated as beats of 2 and 3?
What I want to know is the name of this practice of writing rhythms as series of 2's and 3's instead of using a normal time signature notation. Some term that I can use to look into it more, especially in the context of traditional Irish music.
Any help would be appreciated.