Favourites?

Favourites?

Who’s your favourite player of your own instrument, and your favourite of an instrument you can’t play ?
Or have you favourites ?

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At the moment (fickle creature that I am), for instruments I play:
fiddle — Kevin Burke
wire harp — Patrick Ball
nylon harp — Grainne Hambly
and for instruments I can’t play:
mandolin e.f.a. — Andy Irvine.

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1. John McKenna
2. Ruben Gonzalez

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This is almost as impossible as "Who’s the best?" I have several favourites.
Here’s a few possibilities.

Irish Fiddle:- Liz Carroll
Shetland:- Catriona McDonald
Danish:- Harald Haugaard

Mandolin:- Simon Mayor (though not Irish)
Tenor Banjo:- Eamonn Coyne

Favourite musician on local Edinburgh scene:- Claire Mann

Many of those I’ve missed out are just as good in their own way and it all depends on my mood. :-)

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Well, Flutes/whistles? Seamus Egan, hands down.

Fiddle…tough call…I love Liz Carroll and Kevin Burke equally.

Accordion: Sharon Shannon

Guitar: John Doyle and Zan McLeod

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1. Dympna O’Sullivan (Concertina)
2. Kevin Burke (Fiddle)

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1. Someone’s got to say it - let’s hear for Martin Hayes (fiddle).
2. I’m not too well up in instruments I can’t play, so I’ll got for Matt Molloy (flute).

Trevor

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I don’t like Martin’s recordings too much…too swoopy for me, but I’ve heard some live recordings of him and enjoyed his playing. In general I go for more Sligo or Donegal styles (also love Tommy Peoples).

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And I forgot pipes…Leo Rowsome…he rocks.

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1. Mick Mulvey…Bobby Gardiner
2. Seamus Connolly

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Pipes — Brian McNamara
Fiddle — Natalie MacMaster

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Fiddle: John Carty, Paddy Canny
(I also like Martin Hayes for his non-melodic improvisation (by that I mean improvisation using tonal shadings rather than melodic variation))
Guitar: Norman Blake
Mandolin: Kevin McLeod

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Andy Irvine ( mandolin and Bouzouki )
Donal Lunny
Eoin O Neil
Roger Landes

Seamus Ennis (pipes)

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how ‘bout:

Brian Finnegan (just whistle)
Ian Carr (guitar)
and I’ll second Eoin O’Neill (bouzouki)

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Hey "Layers"
You mentioned guitar Norman Blake. Didn’t you meant to say John Blake who is equally good on the piano & Guitar. A real top class accompanist.

AS a solo (guitar) instrument it has to be Tony McManus.

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Paddy Keenan, and Jarleth Henderson(this kid is amazing!), also I am one of those who thuroughly enjoys Leo Rowsome’s regulator playing (all three of these guys’ acyually).

What can I say, I’m a softee for nice sounding regulators.

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Harry Bradley.
Oisin MacDiarmada.
And Donough - John Blake isn’t the only guitar player by that name."Layers" could well have meant Norman Blake, although I wouldn’t say he’s noted as an Irish musician.

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I wish I could play like Hugh Hefner.

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Norman Blake is a really good American country/old-timey style musician who has written some really good tunes. I play one of his called the Cairo Waltz …great tune.

Fiddle: John Carty,Kevin Burke,Aidan O’Rourke,Ian Cutler, Kevin Madden
Flute and pipes: Colman Connolly
Mandolin: Simon Mayor
Banjo: Cathal Hayden
Harp: Harriet Earis
Bodhran: Peter O’Brien

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Piano Accordion: Alan Kelly
Bodhrán: John Joe Kelly
Harmonica: Mark Graham

Button Accordion: Máirtín O’Connor

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Button accordion - Dermot Byrne
Flute - Matt Molloy
Concertina - Noel Hill
Guitar - Steve Cooney
Fiddle - Seán Keane
Pipes - Liam O’ Flynn

………just fantastic musicians!!!!!!!!!!!

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mandolin-Andy Irvine
banjo-Cathal Hayden

i can’t play fiddle but i love listening to Tommy Peoples, Noel Hill(concertina),

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Guitar - many favorites, the one I would like to mention here, since he does play some ITM (as well as anything else that he wants to play) is Tommy Emmanuel. Live performance is highly recommended!

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Fiddle: Proinsias agus Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Dermot McLaughlin, Ciarán Tourish, Paul O Shaughnessy, John Doherty, etc… ;)

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Nice plug for your band there Geoff!
Though I must say I find watching (listening to) Harriet play the harp is completely engrossing. She manifests an absolute sense of delight in whatever she is playing, which sort of of pulls you in.
That Colman’s not bad either ;-)

I’ve got one Norman Blake album, but I’m not allowed to get it out because I get told off about Nancy’s haircut and dress on the cover…

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Ooh… didn’t think to put Tommy Emmanuel on here, but he certainly is a master. Saw him live a few times, I’m trying to think if I ever heard him play ITM? There’s nothing on his recordings, is there?

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Going to see Tommy Emmanuel again next month - he’s something else. His recording just don’t come close to conveying what he is like live.
Haven’t really heard him playing Irish tunes but he always plays a Scottish tune or two when he’s up here.

At the moment:
mandolin: Kevin MacLeod
banjo: Gary Peterson

can’t play fiddle but never heard a note from Aly Bain that I’d want played differently.

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ah Aly Bain…

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Fiddle: Hmm… Mairi Rankin, Wendy MacIsaac, Martin Hayes, Alasdair Fraser, Jennifer Wrigley, Rodney Miller
Pipes: Anna Murray (gotta love the smallpipes)
Guitar: Hazel Wrigley

And you’ve gotta love Natalie Haas’ cello playing…

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Things are not coming to mind immediately:

Fiddles: Connie O’Connell, Tommy Peoples, Siobhan Peoples, James Kelly

Flute: Davey McGuire, Fintan Vallely, Larry Nugent, Harry Bradley

Concertina: Johnny Williams

Pipes: Paddy Keenan

Box: Dermott Byrne, especially on melodeon; Billy McComiskey

Banjo: Sean O’Driscoll

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Hard to choose, but have to go for,
Gerry O’Connor (banjo), Rodney Miller(Fiddle),Cathal Hayden(Fiddle),Martin O’Connor(Accordion).