Will Evans

tunebook 51 tunes.

Welcome to my Session.org Home page; I only came online a few years ago and this was the first forum I ever joined or posted on! talk about jumping in at the deep end. :-)
A little bit about me; Ive been Living in Ireland the last 25 yrs. After years of gigging and playing trad in bands and sessions around Wales Scotland and England, I felt there was no where else to be if I was serious, so I upped and caught the ferry. Havent looked back since [hardly been back!].
`Heres some comments from friends and people I play with;
”A big thank you to Will for all his wonderfull music,it was a pleasure to have played with such a great musician, beautiful piping,and a wonderfull accompanist,and thank you for all your organisational skills… always the heart,”
Mickey Dunne

Jim Kline one of the worlds foremost guitarists ; Will is ” a natural teacher. I came away with a wealth of information about Irish music and whistle playing; phrasing, ornaments, repertoire, ("the swing!") and enough of his infectuous enthusiasm to keep me going for a long time! I am very impressed by his skill and talent”,James Kline (www.elevenstrings.com) .


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Anthony Warde.,
One of Ireland’s leading tenor banjo players said this;” Will continues to Amaze me with his Ability to turn his hand to a myriad of instruments, an excellent bagpiper’’ .


I started playing as a kid first on my mums Piano at 4 but didnt keep it up . Then I got a guitar for my ninth birthday. I started gigging as a bass player at 13 or 14, Chaotic Punk rock :-) after all it was 1977/78 and Im still at it though its been Reggae recently !?!and now trad jazz!
So thats
Bass guitar /Guitar 40yrs
Banjo/mandolin 30
fiddle 20
Piob Mhor 15 or so
I ‘ve also mucked about on cello, drums/percussion I have a rake of ballads and a few tunes on whistle ;





I also compose tunes and some of my work was performed by Chris George, 1st violinist of the Quince Quartet at the international chamber music festival, , in Kerry, Ireland.
One of my tunes © and original knotwork © ;


another tune in ABC
T: Ballymalone
||: G,B,D GBd | gab agf | gbg dBd| cag fdc |
BdB GBd | gba gdB | cag fdB |1 cAF GDB :|2 cAF GBd ||:
gdB bgd | gdg bag |aec ece| aea aba
|gdB dBd |gdg bag |fed cAF|1 AGF GBd :|2 AGF GDB, ||
You need sub bass speakers for this one;

Enjoy your music. have fun
Heres some footage of a great little ‘Gypsy’ party. Music provided by Charlie; rhythm guitar, vox, and myself lead guitar, plus percussionists . Not Irish mind, but WTF

My Antique Cocus Hendersons , full size and 7/8th in A 440 ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

Fretless Bass and Electric 17” 5 string Viola. Matching Pair :-)


2 guitars, Godin solid body and Bartolex 7 string


My C 1/2 set
Some fiddles; fiddles;

My Pastoral pipes; chanter by Jon Swayne drones by myself in Lignum Vitae


My B travelling set light weight Hollowstock 4 drone [now 5 drone ] 2 tenor B &F# too Bari B & F# [updated with bass ] ‘Chanter by KM McNicholl in plum and box drones by myself ;

I have explored a few other genres for the craic, a little bit of this, a little bit of that. Gigged a lot as a bass player, and guitar backer.

After 40yrs playing I still enjoy it as much, if not more than I ever did. I dont mind putting the effort in because the rewards are priceless. Enjoy your music and Enjoy your life, good luck with both.

Recommended listening;
The piping of Seamus Ennis
The pipering of Willie Clancy
The piping of Johnny Doran
The pipering of David Power
The pipering of Leo Rowesome
The Pipering of Robbie Hannon
and all the rest of the guys, too many to mention but breaking new boundaries and stunning us all.
The playing of
Bobby Casey,
Paddy Canny,
Brendan Mulvihill,
Jimmy Powers ,
Ted Fury ,
Johnny Doherty
Paddy Killoran,
Dennis Murphy,
Seamus Creagh
John Vesey,
Martin Byrnes,
John Kelly,
Kathleen Collins,
Box players like ;
Johnny O’Leary,
Bobby Gardiner,
Jackie Daly,
Tony MacMahon,
Christy Barry,
Padraig Kelleher ,
Brid O’Donohue,
Mary Bergin,
Micho Russel,
Donncha Ó Briain.

John D Burgess ,
PM Angus MacDonald MBE,
James Maclean.
Donald MacPherson
PM Donald MacLeod.

The Clare set , Irish Concertina