"The Irish Mandolin" - a work in progress…
I was a little reluctant to post this discussion. However I’ve had some encouragement from Jeremy himself (e.g. see the links section of this site) and so I feel it’s in order.
I’ve recently begun putting together a website which is aimed at mandolin-players who play (or want to play…) Irish trad.
The core of the site ("The Tunes") is a list of tunes in alphabetical order with links to further information here at thesession.org, with a lins to mandolin tablature for the tune in question and a link to a clip of yours truly playing said tune once-through on the mandolin.
In addition, I’ve rescued a collection of recordings which feature the mandolin and which were donated to me some years ago by the musicians themselves for inclusion in the now-defunct "Pay The Reckoning" website which I used to run.
The germ of this idea originated from thesession.org itself. I’ve not been an active visitor to this site (nor indeed to many "social" websites) for several years. So I was a little surprised when a session-mate told me that a post had appeared here a couple of years ago, asking if anyone had any media of me playing the mandolin…
That prompted a chain of thought which nagged at me for a while and eventually I decided to put something together. The result is www.theirishmandolin.com
As I said in my intro, it’s a work in progress. I’ll be adding to the tunes as I go along and I have some ideas in development about ways in which I can widen the scope of the site. But all in due course… we have to start somewhere and I don’t have unlimited time.
I know there are risks in publicising any venture of this nature in a community of ITM players and aficionados and I’m a tad nervous about the possible response. There’ll be varying views on its worth, on its quality, etc. But I’ve put caution to one side and I’m open to constructive feedback - either in replies to this post, via direct messaging or via the "contact me" section of www,theirishmandolin.com itself.
Many thanks and have a tuneful 2020.