great threads of the past

great threads of the past

The recent reposting of "the dreary plains of toil" (via the outside world) and the link to the old thread in the comments there made me realise just how much great stuff there is sitting in the old discussions on this website. Not having the time to trawl through looking for old gems, I wondered if people might like to post their own favourite threads from the past. Whether funny, informative or memorable for some other reason, what old discussions would you recommend for someone looking through the archives, and why?

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Cool!
BTW, That Cape Breton related thread reminds me to ask:
*is* this site really supposed devoted entirely to
ITM stuff? I don’t play in an Irish style, and I guess
I’m only here ‘cos I’m into playing in sessions
and the home page doesn’t seem to say it’s
necessarily about *Irish* sessions (apart from perhaps
obliquely). Also, from the "extremely unlikely, but just possible, dept.": Zina, is it possible I met you in Boston in Sept 2001?

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Boston, 2001, Boston, 2001…maybe, but are you sure that wasn’t Tina Lech, not me? ;) (She’s a much better fiddler than me, too.)

P.s.

Yup, the site is devoted entirely to ITM stuff. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Zina - I spend hours trolling thru the archives, how do you know where it all is?? Cannot go to bed now cos I’m going to have to look up the links above. Cream cheese danish? can’t wait.

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Oh, I just remember the threads, clunk, and then I use the search function to find the phrases I remember from the conversation. Cheating. ๐Ÿ™‚

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If Jeremy is thesession.org’s Benevolent Dictator, Zina is the Lovely But Seriously Fixated Librarian of the Threads….
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YOU oughta talk about fixation, Sensei? *snort*

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Fantastic - great to just sit and read thru all that knowledge, given with such grace and humour.

I thank thee O librarian of the threads, may your memory never fade.

All I’ve got to do now is to force myself away from the search button and go to bed.

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Oh, my *memory*…that’s been gone since the senility set in, Clunk. ;)

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And by the way, you may address me as "Fixatrix". *snort*

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Just read through that first thread you listed Zina—it was very good!

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What on earth are you doing up at 3 am, Andee?

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feed the search function with user names of some thesession seniors and you

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Zina, Tina, Zina, Tina… hmm, yes i think you’re
probably right, it was probably Tina. How confusing,
two chinese-american Irish-style fiddlers with such
similar names! Yes, she was an excellent fiddler.
In fact Boston seemed chock full of ‘em.
Would have been depressing, if it wasn’t so exhilarating…

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This is a great idea for a thread.

BTW Zina - a splash of water (up to about one part in three, I believe) is perfectly acceptable in yer whiskey (don’t all contradict me at once). I know a few whiskey "heads" who insist that you can’t taste it properly unless you’ve wet it a little. Sorry to have taken so long to contradict you on that one, but I wasn’t hangin’ around these pages in August 2001!

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Rog, Tina Lech is terrific! She plays a lot with George Keith and Shannon and Matt Heaton; Shannon was my teacher. They’re part of the "young hotshot crowd" in Boston last I checked. ;)

Karen, I suppose it depends on the water you add. Round here, it’s a great way to taste an awful lot besides whiskey. Heh.

zls

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Zina: yes, that sounds right. I’d been over in Boston
for a conference, and brought the fiddle "just in case".
The first night I found a pub where there was a wee
session going on; they were very kind and let me
join in, despite my obvious ignorance of Irish style ๐Ÿ™‚
Not only that, a third person had failed to turn up,
and they insisted I have their portion of the "take" (it
seems paid sessions are the norm in Boston)…
a very welcome turn of events! The folks playing were
George Keith and Dan Isaacson, and through them
I found all kinds of interesting people and sessions
during the course of the week, and had a fascinating
insight into the Boston Irish community too.
Wonderful the places a fiddle gets you.

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I have a total crush on George Keith! (Or so Brad tells me.) He’s great, isn’t he? I wanna play like George….!

Last heard Tina playing on the Aniar album with Todd Denham. Interesting stuff, including a Hammond Organ, not my thing, but it was interesting enough. Tina plays a nice slow and bluesey sort of Lads of Laois on it, if I remember correctly.

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The humour threads have been my favorites and the best were -

tune names - "My darlings a sheep" and "She begs for more" being the best

making whale noises/curtain rods from low whistles

the sealed (oink) knot women with faecial hair

bodhrans on Startrek joke - in fact, all bodhran jokes

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Sorry, I didn’t include any thread links to these - its a bit like telling jokes by their number in the book or just telling punch lines

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I think it was more like 5:30 when I was reading and posting, Zina. Early, but not as early as 3:00!

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Oh that’s right, you’re east, not west, of me. ๐Ÿ™‚ It was actually 4:00 am here when I read that… and I couldn’t figure out what *i* was doing up, either.

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I agree with geoff - the whale noise one was hilarious!

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Is one permitted to add a banjo player joke that, surprisingly, doesn’t appear on either of those old threads?

(Well, it’s another one of those *insert your least favourite instrument here* jokes, but I heard it as a banjo joke…)

After a gig, *Bela Fleck/Other Famous Banjo Player Of Your Choice* and the rest of the band head out for hamburgers, and one of the players notices BF/OFBPOYC carefully collecting the seeds that fell off the bread roll onto the plate. Intrigued, he asks, "what on earth are you doing that for?", and BF/OFBP answers, "I want to grow some buns."

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