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  • Re: Attracted to Irish music

    I started Irish Dancing after playing piano/organ for a number of years, and then I was surrounded by the music. I eventually decided that I wanted to play the music, and didn't want to carry a piano around 🙂 ... so I decided to learn fiddle. (The albu...

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  • Re: Attracted to Irish music

    Hi Gobby: Wikipedia lists songs with lyrics that were used in the Popeye cartoons, but not the names of the incidental background music. I do remember hearing Jack's the Lad (aka The College Hornpipe) when watching Popeye. Is that not an Irish tune?

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  • Re: Most Underrated Fiddle Player

    I'll pass on the term "underrated". Maybe "undiscovered" or "not-everyone-knows-of-but -ought- to"? I'll put in votes for Claire Egan, Yvonne Casey, and Tony DeMarco (still have his book on Sligo style). In C'Breton, there's the Beaton sisters(Dawn and...

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  • Re: Which instrument

    I was dabbling in all kinds of folk music on guitar and five-string banjo, and then got caught by the bluegrass bug. Got hold of a cheap violin and some "tater bug" mandolins, and realized ( duhh, hey!) I could play fiddle tunes. Around Earth Day 1976 o...

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  • Re: Intro tune for "Come West Along the Road"

    Aha, yet another one. At least 3 now on that one little tune. I guess there's a reason for that...

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