Johnny Jay’s five thousand, six hundred and sixty-four comments

  • Re: I had to share this…

    Faster than I enjoy playing comfortably but each to his own. more…

  • Re: session and shop in Edinburgh

    Pleased to report that Willie Haines is alive and well. I last met him at an excellent showcase of Irish music and culture just a few months back. We both took full advantage of the excellent hospitality which was on offer. more…

  • Re: Lúnasa on the way out…

    He can't be that respected a reviewer if he has to pay for his own tickets. more…

  • Re: Lúnasa on the way out…

    Somehow, I don't think we'll see too much of UKTradhead from now on. more…

  • Re: Lúnasa on the way out…

    If a music reviewer is to be of any value at all, and many doubt this, he or she will stick to discussing the actual music. This should include passing *opinion* only on technical skills, choice of repertoire and arrangements, and actual performance but n... more…

  • Re: Singing “folk” music at trad sessions

    Appropriate enough actually if the guitarist is also part of the session. One chap I know has been a mainstay of trad sessions for years, played regularly with the best local musicians, and contributes many a good song including " G to G". more…

  • Re: Lúnasa on the way out…

    I haven't been to see them for a few years and it may be that they are not as popular as before. Musically, I'm sure they'll still be excellent but just less fashionable. more…

  • Re: Singing “folk” music at trad sessions

    Some singers prefer going to those trad music sessions where the musicians "don't mind the odd song" as they can actually get more songs in of an evening than they would in an actual sing around or song session. Perhaps 2, 3, or 4 in the course of a nigh... more…

  • Just noticed that the version I play is slightly different. more…

  • Re: need advice on portable celtic harp purchase

    I'd like to get a 34 string clarsach now that I'm getting better(So I think) but The Ravenna Harp(26 string) from Dusty strings has been very good. It's a nice sound, the string tension is good especially for a beginner too. more…