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It’s time.

Air it out.

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I dislike threads that focus on the negative… 😉

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Who says you have to focus on the negative?

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Here’s one: I liked Riverdance. The whole bloody thing.

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Okay, we are off to a good start here. Al’s opinion is already unpopular with Jason.

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I like Gaelic Storm. Got to sit next to one of their members some years ago in LA. She was an awesome player.

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I hate listening to the Chieftains, especially to any of those awful collaborations.
And by the way;- if any of my opinions are unpopular that’s because I’m right you are all wrong!

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I honestly don’t like any of the wig glues.

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Remember the brutal slagging I got for mentioning and liking Enya and Celtic woman when I first got to this site? Those were the days lol.

Come to find out I didn’t really like Celtic Woman, but I still bang my Enya favorites on the weekly basis.

Gobby! You don’t like The Cheiftains!? But they’re rockin’ man! xD

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I agree with you on the Chieftains! It’s usually 40 seconds of "Oooh, that’s a beautiful solo passage," and then the whole band stomps all over the melody like Nero stomped on Pompeiia, up and down, up and down until they squash it like a bug!

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Aly Bain sounds like a violinist!

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I think Irish dance schools should eliminate those ridiculous costumes so they don’t have to fundraise so much.

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I really like Enya, but I think back to when I used to think that it was a woman called Enya Watermark.

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Pubs should stop giving free beer to session players.

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Hmm! I think you are shamelessly promoting your own thread now.

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Gobby, I use to think Enya’s last name was Ryan, because I didn’t know who Nicky Ryan and Roma Ryan were, so I assumed they were a family.

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Yeah, my mistake came from the Album Watermark, which read to me; ‘Enya Watermark’. A geat album in my opinion.

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Definitely one of my favorites! Especially the "Watermark", "River", and "Storms in Africa" tracks 🙂

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I usually don’t like the music of John Carty (on fiddle) or Kevin Burke, but I admire their
technical command of the fiddle.

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#2 When I owned an Olwell flute, I didn’t like it.

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All of you people look ugly!
;D

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That’s so funny Andrew, but I doubt it would be an unpopular opinion.

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hmm, unpopular opinion.
Ah, here we go!
Listening to the music is useless, just play it!

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I love practising scales and arpeggios.

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I once found a metronome useful.

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The Tenor Banjo is the pinnacle of traditional music’s sound

…. ducks……

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I have so many unpopular opinions.

I don’t like more than two fiddles in a session.
I’m not opposed to bodhrans.
I’m not fond of the traditional Irish way of singing.
Often times when an old recording is linked which people here rave about I can appreciate the technical skill but find the sound very unpleasing.
I think it’s a good thing that popular bands use the trad music (ie the Corrs, Flogigng Molly w/e) and bring it to the crowd, liking them seems to be blasphemy here.
I think the flute, pipes and tin whistle provide a purer Irish sound than the fiddle.
I like "new" tunes.

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I believe sessions ARE a performance and are therefore illegal in England & Wales.

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I can’t watch vids of Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill without thinking of Penn and Teller or Jay and Silent Bob.

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I like "Music for a Found Harmonium."

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I don’t like "Music for a Found Harmonium".

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I’m not particularly bothered by sheet music in a session.

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Australia is a cultural backwater.

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I don’t have a problem with violas in session.

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I think every session should have at least two people playing spoons. Together.

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You mean one spoon each? I’ll go along with that.

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Chopping is an integral part of trad.

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When people ask me "Do you know the Unicorn song", I have to stop myself from saying yes.

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All "trad music" courses at universities should be scrapped - they’re a Very Bad Thing. 1) You can’t learn to play traditional music in 3 or 4 years, and 2) if it can’t be learnt in a dark grubby pub in the middle of the afternoon when you’re already pi**ed, it probably wasn’t worth knowing anyway.

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Also, I HATE visible pickups on instruments. It’s like saying "hey, I get payed to play this stuff sometimes, I’m a pro" and that just boils my breakfast.

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And another thing… that stuff that comes out of flutes is NOT just condensation, I don’t care what you say. Condensation isn’t sticky.

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And… if we’re limiting sessions to two fiddle players per go, can we also limit the number of pipers. Those things are LOUD, and should only be seen one at a time, other than under Exceptional Circumstances. I can’t actually think of any of those, but there might be some, you never know.

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I don’t mind incompetent Bodhran players.

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Damnit, this is addictive, please… somebody stop me…

Okay, last one. I don’t actually care what a tune is called, and I really don’t like the pantomime "oh yes it is" "oh no it isn’t" discussions that happen when there’s a dispute…

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I don’t particularly care for the ‘rock band’ format of Irish traditional music. This includes The Bothy Band, Altan, Lunasa, Danu, etc…

Whee! Free at last. Free at last.

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I whole heartedly agree with all the opinions so far posted by Jason, Boyen & Gobby!

I love trad, but would play Enya ten times for every once I put on my Altan CDs.

Tom, what is the Unicorn Song?

The Birdie Song sounds great if played on trad. instruments. The James Last Orchestra really hit their stride when they did the ‘Ballinakelly Reel’.

I declare myself the winner…

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I wish the Bothy Band had recorded at least one more album. With bass and drums!

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Ok, here’s mine:
After having owned and played dozens of flutes and whistles from countless makers, I came to the conclusion that many US instrument makers build their instruments like Hollywood actresses: the details are all there shining, but the whole package just does not gel well.

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I can’t stand the playing of Patsy Touhey and have a habit of skipping scratchy old recordings of assorted people when they come up on the iPod’s shuffle function. I’m obviously not erudite enough in my taste.

I don’t really listen to ‘albums,’ per se, but run the iPod on shuffle at all times.

Agreed that multiple pipers in a session, unless they are able to play fairly tight with one another, is not always a good thing.

I have been impressed by a really good spoons player. Was an old guy at a pub in Mullagh during Willy Week.

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I think Rochelles are good concertinas for people to learn on and I like mine a lot

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I dislike the colour scheme of a popular Irish traditional music website.

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I think music competitions are a good thing. I don’t mind multiple banjos in a session. I think Guinness may be slightly over-romanticized as a great beverage. I think the word "Celtic" (soft C) should be exclusively limited to the great Scottish football club and not used to describe a style of music (hard C). I think tune pouncing is useful and appropriate when sitting with dullards who can’t think of anything to play. I think the Corrs are pretty - even the dude.

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Nate Ryan’s last comment though! xD lol

As for you, joefidkid we’re enemies now! >😏

Play enemies lol.

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Oh, and Airs are Songs with the words removed.

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Guinness *is* over-romanticised. Both Beamish and Murphy’s are far superior stouts!

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And airs *are* songs with the words removed. We can agree on that at least Jerone 🙂

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1…I’d rather play with non-traditional instruments (played with respect for the tradition) than with traditional instruments. played by those who have no idea what ITM is.

2…I hate it when whistle players feel like they have to reach for the chandelier and find painfully high pitched "harmonies".

3…All too often the more strongly one claims to not like, or not be able to play with, a metronome…the more they need one. The foot follows the fingers.

4…Literacy is a good thing. A (at least) passing acquaintance with "the dots"…not my favorite term…is a good idea, for a whole bunch of reasons I’ll not elaborate on here.

5…Any number of pipers greater than 1 is really annoying. Pipes are probably the hardest to play in good rhythm. Three at once is best described by a two word term beginning with "cluster".

6..Really, is it necessary to play everything at breakneck speed? Or, anything for that matter.

All that said, if you show up at my house with any level of ability, a lot of enthusiasm, and a touch of respect…you’re more than welcome. My door is always open.

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I think we have a consensus: Guinness sucks. It’s among the worst of the stouts.

Whew! Glad I’ve got that off my chest!

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I once played in a session with 4 banjos….. the moment when we all played in unison brought a tear to my eye 😉

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Jason-
I would go farther down that road and say that Guinness is scarcely worthy of the name stout. I have been spoiled by the likes of Old Rasputin and Obsidian.

However, it is relatively low in alcohol and calories, so one can actually play one’s spoons coherently after a pint. And fit into one’s trousers.

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Four banjos would bring a tear to my eye, also.

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What are you saying? Murphy’s is horrible!

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I actually like wine.

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I wish Dennis Cahill would stop teasing us with what he’s not doing and finally just play his bloody guitar.

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Hayes’s touch is too lonesome.

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Opinion: Polkas suck, and sessions are better without them.

Fact: Most airs have words. Just because you don’t play the words, doesn’t mean they are not there.

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I like wine too.

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I would enjoy Martin Hayes’ playing more if he got a haircut.

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It’s time for Frankie Gavin to ditch the mullet.

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And Mark O’Connor should grow his back.

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English and American cities saved Irish traditional music from an indifferent nation, who would have relegated to being the cultural equivalent of Morris Dancing. As we know it now, ITM is urban with a second home in the countryside.

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I like wine too. And I’ve never developed a taste for Guinness.

I like at least two guitars in a session, especially if they’re playing the same chords.

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I think banjos, bodhrans and shakey eggs should all keep quiet during slow airs.

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Every time I hear a banjo, I look over my shoulder for the steamboat coming down the river.

This goes to 11 was a joke in a movie, not the count of that last measure.

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Can we argue with each other about how wrong the other person is yet?

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somebody said my comment was xD. I had to look that up, and it turns out it means very funny. Which is nice, I guess, except I was being serious, I really do like my Rochelle! 🙂

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"The Rochelles" — didn’t they have a hit in the seventies with ‘Be My Squeeze’?

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Sober people at sessions lower the tone and rarely play as well as the lubricated.

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Morris dancers are the enemy of trad and English bagpipes are only fit for firewood

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I think courses where you study traditional music are great

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@The Rochelles" — didn’t they have a hit in the seventies with ‘Be My Squeeze’?

yes, they did, but it was sort of stiff and there wasn’t a lot of action.

I remember playing that record night and day . Nearly played the grooves off of my copy

funny thing is, I think the record sounds better now that its worn in than it did when I bought it new

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Anyone who has sold 1,000 or more units of a trad /cross over music recording should be given an honoury degree from Newcastle Uni.

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All traditional instrument manufacturers should sponsor their own competition in New York state annually

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"@I think courses where you study traditional music are great"

you mean like the time I had to take American Lit and I just sat in the back with my headphones on?

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Hey Nate! Your comment is very funny to me because i’ve been talking about concertinas for months now and I think it’s hilarious that you mentioned the Rochelle, not because I don’t think you’re serious but because I agree with you and your timing couldn’t have been better! I just didn’t expect that lol.

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Pretty much Nate, your headphones and certain courses both took trad music to University

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Frankie Gavin has become a bit of a caricature of his younger self.

I liked visiting Ireland better before the "tiger".

It’s hard to find good music in Ireland that doesn’t exist solely for the purpose of entertaining tourists.

I like many people’s playing of Charlie Lennon tunes better than when Charlie plays them.

I miss Michael Gill on thesession.org.

I think the music often loses some of its character if it’s not played fast.

I get annoyed when people play Tarbolton, Longford Collector & Sailor’s Bonnet together.

There… thought ought to make a bunch of people mad at me, which I think must be Jason’s intent anyway 😉

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Pianos at sessions……. and guitarists who think playing fast means playing louder….. and folk who think they know the tune but don’t and play along anyway trying to guess what comes next. They suck the very soul out of the tune!

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"…and folk who think they know the tune but don’t and play along anyway trying to guess what comes next. They suck the very soul out of the tune!"

It’s suppose to be an UNPOPULAR OPINION, not a popular one lol.

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But I must be honest, i’ve gotten to the point where I’ve heard so many similar tunes, sometimes I forget if I actually know it or not when I hear it at a session. If it sounds crazy familiar, i’ll try it once through. If it sounds a little familiar, i’ll listen to see if I can recall the melody from an album. I don’t usually try it in this case.

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I miss the old Mustard color scheme.

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Frankie Gavin should stop dragging tempos.

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Most of the posters on here spend too much time talking about playing music and not nearly enough time playing.

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Old is not better. New is not worse. There’s too much nostalgia in traditional music.

Also, there’s too much hero worship. One doesn’t have to like every traditional musician/recording just because it’s traditional. To that end, I’ve had a very satisfying culling of my music collection. I only have recordings I genuinely like, not the ones I’m ‘supposed to’ like (Michael Coleman, anyone?).

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I like "Celtic Women."

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I think most sessions don’t include enough polkas and slides.

And

I prefer Guinness to Murphy’s and Beamish.

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>>I get annoyed when people play Tarbolton, Longford Collector & Sailor’s Bonnet together.

Heretic…

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You’re definitely right about the polkas and slides - and mazurkas and waltzes as well for that matter….and about the Guinness.
Mine is not so much an unpopular opinion as an unpopular…or unconventional…dress code. Whilst some other players tend to don festival or fleadh T-shirts, or waistcoats, flat caps or other "rustic" regalia, I like to specialise in heavy death metal and/or biker t-shirts depicting skulls, guitars, motorbikes and other symbols of such decadence. And wear motorbike leathers. Kind of sad really, I suppose. But it amuses me as I don’t get out much….Great fun to sport such iconoclastic garb at a session you haven’t been to before. Hell hath no fury like a purist scorned.

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I like Riverdance too but it’s a mistake to play Siamsa at a session…

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I think a certain Irish Traditional Music website should run two different page schemes, one for just discussions and one for tunes added to tune books etc and everything else.

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FREE THE TARBOLTON 3!

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Faster doesn’t always mean better. Sometimes it sounds worse.

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I’m not sure you’ve got the point of the thread, WN …

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Ah! Satire. 🙂

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Irish music and Scottish music are not the same.

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I commented that some fiddlers were scrapy, scratchy and out of tune.

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I think learning a tune solely from the written music is fine.

Celtic Punk is cool.

Celtic Women is hot, but the music is for people who don’t know what traditional music sounds like.

I think it is ridiculous that people often want to play a tune just because it has a colorful name and not because it sounds good.

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Fiddle and Box are the pure drop, leave all other instruments at the door please.
The Hammered Dulcimer, makes a great contribution to a session.
Songs should be sung unaccompanied.

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A warm pleasurable sensation spreads through my entire body when I play strathspeys.



…….Wait I think I totally misunderstood the nature of this thread.

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Apostrophe’s have no, ‘place in Irish’s traditional music,,,,

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"A warm pleasurable sensation spreads through my entire body when I play strathspeys."

Does it originate in between your legs? That’s usually a sign you’ve have a few too many pints of the black stuff. Strathspeys are just your body’s way of saying "she cannae take anymore, cap’n"…

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"Does it originate in between your legs? That’s usually a sign you’ve have a few too many pints of the black stuff. Strathspeys are just your body’s way of saying "she cannae take anymore, cap’n"…"

If it did, I’d likely never stop. No, no — more like it emanates from the solar plexus. Strathspeys activate my Scots-chakras or something.

Also, I like mead.

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>I’m really good at texting and driving

Not funny. You might be good at texting, but not driving while texting. And driving is the important bit. You can get a text wrong while driving but not maim or kill someone. But if you get the driving wrong while texting you could maim or kill someone…even yourself. As a motorbiker, I notice and am especially vulnerable to bad driving - filtering on the outside of traffic coming up to red lights I can always tell when a whanker is trying to text while driving - they weave across their lane (often causing me to veer out further), and when I get up alongside them and look in, yep, they’re texting. Please stop. It’s really dangerous.

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I love Carly Simon, I have all her records and you can all bugger off! 🙂

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The acoustic guitar is the only "real" instrument worth playing. Nylon strings don’t count.
Session guitarist are not second class citizens. We just don’t like to take public transportation.
I think most beer taste like warm elephant piss. Especially stouts.
Polkas should be banned. Everywhere.

There! My four burdens have been lifted and my soul cleansed ;)

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OK OK, tgaleen…it’s hard to know on here when people are being serious or "yanking chains".

But you can’t blame me for being a bit twitchy…even just last week, while stopped at a junction, a car rolled right over my foot. Right over it.
I have to say it was ever so slightly uncomfortable, ie fvckin excruciating, having a ton of vehicle on top of the foot.
After banging on the bonnet, the driver rolled down his window, and his reply to my exhortations was, "Fack off you cant" True. Amazingly, only bruising over the toes resulted.

BTW my mis-spelling of the onanistic expletive was deliberate as correct spellings of these often go amiss through Jeremy’s filter.

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Irish and Scottish song acquired interest all of a sudden when bands fronted bonny girl singers instead of hairy tramp-like blokes😉.

One, or preferably two, competent Highland pipers opening up in a small, crowded pub session is bloody marvellous. It makes the punters jump like shot rabbits and the sessioners feel bigger than usual😉.

@Jason_Van_Steenwyk:
Nero stomped on his wife Poppaea Sabina - she wasn’t called Pompeiia. I did Classics earlier in life, that’s how I know!

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Ok, Poppaea. I only knew about her being crushed because of Gene Wilder.

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Yep, I was wondering about the nero/pompeiia thing..didn’t think the name was right, but wasn’t sure so kept shtum about it. No better authority than Nick.

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I think ethnomusicologists should be forced to wear orange jumpsuits to sessions.

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But then how would we tell them from the other inmates?

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Wenn ich "Egan’s Polka" höre … entsichere ich meinen Browning!

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I took a hammered dulcimer and some of the local session players to an open-mike night, wound up getting hired to play ITM (or something like it anyway) and sorely regret not having learned flute. Damn HD’s are a logistical nightmare to move around and tune. There, I’ve confessed it. I like HD’s and they’re a bloody nuisance. Especially in a dark pub. Now I know why the flute and whistle players I know act so superior.

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The best trad flute, whistle, pipes and concertina players who ever lived are alive right now….especially the concertina.

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I don’t understand why a harpist has to be out of a pub session by 10pm. an early gig at a nursing home, or being tired from giving lessons all day is no excuse.

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People buy instruments with their eyes not their ears and are far too quick to blame them for their own lack of ability

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It is the nature of ALL concertinas to whinge.

It’s a clever player whose fingers can tickle and beat them out of this disagreeable tendency.

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Something that sounds like a new-born sawmill is called a Castignari 🙂.

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Something that sounds like five hares being strangled is a set of Northumbrian smallpipes working to rule🙁.

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The Tongadale Reel should correctly be played over someone loudly intoning Tam O’ Shanter or Come Friendly Bombs And Fall On Slough. Playing of appropriate clips from "Apocalypse Now" is an optional extra, should the requisite apparatus be at hand. Gross intake of whisky is an advisable preparation for this task.

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I’m married to a Celtic Woman but that doesn’t mean I have to like her.

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I don’t like "wet-tuned" accordions.

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I don’t like Nazi propaganda quotations working their way into ITM forums.

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TODAY YOUR LOVE, TOMMOROW THE FLEADH!

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"Most of the posters on here spend too much time talking about playing music and not nearly enough time playing."

Somebody once wrote to the "Shooting Times" magazine (UK huntin’ shootin’ fishin’ magazine) to ask why, if Ireland really is the home of hunting, shooting and fishing, there aren’t any books by Irish hunters, shooters and anglers. The editor replied that after much thought, he had concluded that the Irish were too busy hunting, shooting and fishing, to be arsed wasting time writing about it …
Maybe I’ll spend less time in here and more time trying to make my fiddle sound more like a fiddle, and not like a Cataphone …

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My earlier misgivings proved to be unfounded. I have gotten quite a bit of entertainment out of this thread. And I doubt that is an unpopular opinion! 😉

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I’m married to a Celtic Woman but that doesn’t mean I have to like her.
# Posted by MorganYYZ 2 hours ago.

I think Morgan YYZ is a fine example of what it means to be happily married.

My wife’s father was born in England of Galway parents. Her mother came from Caledon in Tyrone. They met in Huddersfield and had their family there. My wife thinks she is English - who am I to argue?

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No allusion to Nazi propaganda quotation can reach the ITM forums. If an allusion to a Nazi propaganda quotation reaches the ITM forums, my name is not "Van Steenwyk." You can call me "Meier."

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Instead I’ll call you Schlageter

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Ich liebe Egan’s Polka.

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I actually like Irish music!

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"Something that sounds like a new-born sawmill is called a Castignari 🙂" (post of mine above)

Exactitude demands that this be extended to: "Something that sounds like a new-born sawmill being suckled is probably one of those little Castignaris…"

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Government should stop funding the arts.

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In Australia they have!

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And yet, they still have the arts!!! Who knew?

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There is absolutely nothing special or superior about old, fancy, expensive fiddles. (For any object of sentimental / family history value I recognize the personal value placed; just not the sale price.)

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The $2 Trillion per year the US spends on the military should be redirected to the arts.

If only to buy everyone old, fancy, expensive fiddles. :P

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I think that Seamus Ennis was an awful piper and a worse bodhran player. I think we should have at least one trad music programme on TV without the presence of Donal Lunny

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Sessions should only be played at the speed of the slowest player.

It is I.

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ITM is a pretentious term. This music is called diddley. End of.

😀

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Well there ya go. We’ve heard from the ultimate authority on terminology. No further discussion needed. Other thoughts on the matter are quite invalid.

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ITM is about brute speed and nothing more.

Anyone who says they prefer it slower - is just making excuses.

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I’ll play it as fast as you can dance it. But no faster.

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Speed can, in the right hands, add excitement and a certain flair. No argument there. Still, if speed is all ya got, you’re doin’ it wrong.

(My humble opinion after a lot of observation. Feel free to have another. No hard feelings.)

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I already posted this on the ‘Strayaway Child’ discussion but it bears repeating here, I checked out Michael Gorman on You Tube and he plays out of tune. No its not authentic or traditional, its just not in tune - he’s fingering too many
of the notes flat, as a failed fiddle player I know! There are plenty of ‘old time’ trad fiddlers who play it right,
John Doherty, Julia Clifford, Denis Murphy etc etc
ps I like Egans polka too, I also like the Kesh and Drowsy Maggie and Dingle Regatta and Harvest Home and Rakes of Kildare and any other old clunkers you care to name
[but I do draw the line at the Irish Washerwoman]………………

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[but I do draw the line at the Irish Washerwoman] Yeah well it’s not Irish is it?

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"I checked out Michael Gorman on You Tube and he plays out of tune."…
Christy, can you give us a link? I want to see if I agree. By the way, I just read your profile. You say that you don’t read music but you have friends who do. That’s really charitable of you mate.

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Gobby, just go to the ’ Strayaway Child’ thread posted last week- the link is about half way down. Strayaway
itself is not too bad apart from some irritating plonking in the background, [whether banjo or piano
I cant be sure but whatever it is its annoying] but theres a number of other MG selections on You Tube
and most of them just make me wince - and I’m a long way from being Mr Pitch Perfect!
ps I checked out the history of ‘Irish Washerwoman’ - written by some 18th c. hack for the London stage. well that explains a lot

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The Irish Washerwoman is an awesome tune!

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yea, if you can’t dance to the Irish Washerwoman, then you can’t dance!

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Unpopular opinion 2:

You can dance to music no matter how fast it is…

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I like Delrin flutes and think they sound every bit as good as wooden ones.

And, I too don’t like Guiness.

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Showing off in sessions; "new" tunes; playing in harmony all the way through a tune for no apparent reason; playing too fast/too slow/in weird keys/on non-traditional instruments… all fine, absolutely don’t bother me. Sometimes it’s great to have an excuse to go to the bar!

Oh, and I like Guinness, but it doesn’t always like me back and that is BAD. Especially when it starts to look/feel/smell the same on the way out as it did on the way in…

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"You mean one spoon each? I’ll go along with that"…. RichardB I thought that was hilarious :D

I can’t stand that the best musicians often play one set, and then stand up and spend the rest of the night outside smoking and talking ****.

I can’t stand when you’re on your own trying to carry a set, and there’s a musician beside you texting instead of playing, even though they know the tune.

I can’t stand when someone won’t play, even though they know the tune… I heard a musician one night say "Ahhh Lucy Campbell’s" yet he didn’t play it, he sat like a moron looking at me.

I can’t stand slides or polka’s, they should be banned… I play quite often in Kerry and have an awful time with them.

I can’t stand "versions" or slow airs in sessions… Both of these are a "look at me" glory hunt.

I play fiddle mainly, but also bodhrán, yet a bodhrán player with an attitude about himself will annoy me; I feel, "hey, you’re the +1 here not me".

I enjoy making a deal with a fiddle player that uses a shoulder rest, by referring to it as the scaffolding on their "violin". I used to use one, but I gave into pier pressure from a diehard, and now I’ve gotten used to not having one and hate using one! I’ll only do this with someone I know though 🙂

I can’t stand a click in a session, where 2 or 3 will quietly discuss the happenings "that time we were playing at X, Y or Z" and start referring to private jokes.

I can’t stand getting a vague grunt in a new session when I introduce myself, in case I won’t be up to scratch, until after the first set where they may like my playing and then only at this point want to know all about me…. I normally make a point of being the same **** they were if I get this type of introduction, and give monosyllabic answers…. I don’t think a musician should have to prove himself in a session before being acknowledged.

It boils my blood if I’m charged for a drink in a session, ironic because Im always driving, so it’ll only ever be a soft drink, so it’s purely principle.

I must sound real arrogant after airing those unpopular opinions, but I’m actually quite shy and retiring 🙂 … Until provoked 🙂

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Radix, I was in agreement with everything you said about session etiquette til I saw your remark about
polkas and slides - how can you not love them? They are the the jewels of Irish music…………….

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"I can’t stand when someone won’t play, even though they know the tune"

Good players sometimes don’t play because they find that they can’t play along with something being played badly. This is understandable and fair enough.

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"Good players sometimes don’t play because they find that they can’t play along with something being played badly. This is understandable and fair enough".
* Ouch :(

Chris, I supoose, like everything, they’re ok in moderation 🙂

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