how did everyone make out?

how did everyone make out?

merry christmas to all! just making a thread where everyone can post and brag about what they got for christmas (in the realm of ITM). myself, i got the bothy live album, a planxty album, a danu album, and two flook albums - "flatfish" and "rubai" (if i were to keep one of them, which should i keep?). ive also got a custom mike quinlain bodhran on the way! so how about you all?

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I got a plectrum holster, so hopefully I’ll be down to only buying 6 new picks a month in future.

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Merry Christmas to everyone!

I got a Chieftan D whistle, Rubai (great album!), and, very vaguely related, a Scottish Gaelic dictionary. I’m jealous of your Danu album, Bard. ^^

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I got nothing related to The Music, apart from some beers and port, and that’s my diesel for playing. However, I do intend to *give* to 2 good friends a copy each of the lovely Helen Roche’s album "Shake The Blossom Early" (which she sent me) as belated presents - no worries that they’re late, they won’t mind and Helen I’m sure won’t mind either.

Personally, wrt instruments, I suspect they’re best obtained by the player him/herself, but at least it was thoughtful of the donor of the present.

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Nice collection of sounds you were given. Tell me about your ‘custom’ mike quinlain drum. Me, I got peace and quiet, had a walk up the hill in the snow, back to a log fire, more peace and quiet, perfect.

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Chris Stout’s Album, Fiddler’s Bid Album, Tim O’Brien’s Travellers Album and "The Clear Stream" an album of Guitar tunes and the films "K19 The Widowmaker" and "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban". What do you mean where is the link there??? The first (I have not seen it yet) I am guessing is a film on Bagpiping and the second is a very Silly Wizard!!

:-)

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I got a DI box for my electric fiddle, and a Gaelic for Idiots book with a CD to go with it. Looks very hard.

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My family got loads of movies. We watched "Whale Rider" earlier, then "Forrest Gump." The kids have just put on "Edward Scissorshands," so I’ll go now.

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An electronic tuner for the fiddle - is someone telling me in a nice way that my intonation may not always have been up to scratch ! Hopefully I should not now be so dependent on the concertina player for an "A" at the start of every session.

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Kevin Burke DVD tutorial…Teadahs fiddlers solo album…Bonnie Rideout’ Live at Wolfetrap", Lunasa, "Kinnity..", bottle of single malt…pretty good huh?

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haha, sunnybear, i wish my mother would get me a bottle of single malt…alas, seventeen years old. yeah, nalaaY, danu is bloody fabulous - this is my second album. and dougie, well, all of quinlain’s drums are custom; that’s the beauty of his work. and if you know jackie moran of gan bua or mike austin of errigal, they both use his drums. they’re wonderful. anyway, great to hear everyone had a great christmas! cheers!

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Well, I got nothing that was related to this stuff, but I *was* given a bit of cash, so now I have the down payment for the beautiful fiddle I’ve my eye on, the one Will helped me pick out last time he was in town. Woohoo!

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Got Jimmy Noonan’s "The Maple Leaf", Josie McDermott’s "Darby’s Farewell", Paul McGrattan’s "The Frost is All Over", Hammy Hamilton’s "The Moneymusk", and John O’Halloran’s "But Why Johnny?". All albums I’d been dieing to have for quite some time, but never got around to buying. Oh, and pre-Christmas, I picked up "The Smokey Chimney" (fiddle, box, and Paul De Grae— names escape me), "The Atlantic Wave" (Charlie Mulvihill, James Keane, and a box player— name escapes me), and John Doyle’s album (forgot the name). Before the season is over, I might order another album or two. Oh, and I also got an Irish calendar. All in all, quite happy with my new babies (a.k.a. CDs) :-).

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This reminds me of going back to school after the Christmas break.

For me - a little Panasonic digi dictation recorder that’ll store about 2 hours of sound on a memory chip. Looks like it’ll work great for recording at sessions - the quality should be good enough to learn tunes from.

And the Planxty 2004 DVD - lovely concert. I’m sure it’ll get lots of listens.

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Lots of good stuff, but the only thing vaguely related to the Music was a copy of Rise Up Singing. I blew my Christmas bonus on one of my other passions, semi-precious stone beads. Meant to stop at the CD shop but the bead shop was first and the siren song of all those lovely bits of carnelian and aventurine and moss agate and sodalite was just too much to resist… *Sigh* So my cds-to-buy list hasn’t shrunk any.

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I finally got one of my banjos back from Tom Cussun of Clareen Banjo fame. He had it for 2 months to do a refret. I am totally not to happy with the result so he should have it again by this evening. My neice bought me a fiddle bow, I haven’t really given it a go yet, she tells me she paid around €200 for it so it should be good. Don’t really put to much thought into bow quality. The one I’m using at the moment was rehaired by me using hair from a pony which is eye balling me at this very moment, just outside the window. It works fine.

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played some tunes at my uncle’s house. unfortunately we got there so late that my grandma nor my other uncle got to play with my brothers and i but o well.

i got a promise for a day of sessioning and tune learning from my grandma for january, a promise of a cd of tunes to learn from my uncle that he’s going to record for me, and my little brother is getting a dulcimer (he has to pick it out). i dont think its quite ITM, but like i care. it is going to be so cool!

i got a minidisc player and a nice microphone for it, so that i can record tunes when my uncle’s in town, when i’m at my grandparents, or when i’m at a workshop. i felt so stupid at irish fest milwaukee last year with out a recorder for most of the time, so i’m going to be over prepared this year.

not only for recording, but i loaded up right away bothy band, my uncles group (the kells) and danu so i had tunes spinning in my head all day. i got a bunch of cd’s lying around (teada, james kelly, joe burke, kitty lie over (its too late to spell coabhoin or whatever), etc) that i’m going to load up. so now every spare second i have is going to be spent listening to ITM. just to get it in my head. my grandma’s been telling me that i just need to "listen listen listen", so thats what i’m going to do.

it seems weird to me that people get minidisc players and ipods and DONT listen to itm. seriously, do they just listen to rock and pop and whatever else? seems kinda weird to me. their fault for missing out.

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Hope everyone had a very happy Xmas and that the New year will bring everything you want. I contented myself with a bottle of St. Emilion Ch. Grand Pontet 1945 (an advantage of living in France) whilst listening to the singers of the "Goilin Club" in Dublin…… Perfect

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Yet again, I brought my mandolin with me when I visited another house for Christmas dinner.
"Oh be sure to bring an instrument with you".

Once again, of course, I never got the chance to play it as Harry Potter, Eastenders Xmas Special and the Vicar of Dibley all got priority. Still, I had a few beers and glasses of stuff to ease the pain.

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The dog ate my glasses on Christmas eve and then on Christmas morning she ate most of the bacon/rashers I cooked for a breakfast feast. We had a really hot day with 37degC and 16 people for dinner. To cap it off I got a migraine before we were ready to eat so I missed out on eating anything in the end. Great way to end 2004.
I hope all went better for the rest of ye.
Happy New Year

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You would need them John j with that lot going on in the room.

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I bought my daughter a Washurn D10S acuostic guitar for christmas, made in China ,solid top, only cost £139, its sounds great,plenty of volume, fairly easy to play, and nicely made. I think I’ll buy one for myself, fantastic value for money.

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I got a dancing pig that sings, ‘Love hurts’.

BEAT THAT!

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Got a Dixon D polymer flute. Not bad for a fiddleplayer……

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I also want a flute as a present ;/
too bad no xmas here…

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Sara! I didn’t know you were into beading! Love it, here. :) Seriously thinking of getting together a line and putting it out into my friend’s gallery or online someplace. We’ll have to talk beads sometime. :) (I got a book on bead crochet yesterday, something I’ve never tried before, from my sister in law. Should be fun to try some of it.)

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Bought a steel drum from Trinidad on E-bay. It arrived damaged. Got it fixed. The seller sent another for no additional charge. My older son, home for Christmans, was tinkering on it yesterday - "The Entertainer" with an island feel. So, I gave one to him.

Link to Irish music…..uh….my favorite tune (I can only stumble through about 3 or 4) on the steel drum is Fig For a Kiss. Don’t worry, I won’t be bringing the steel drum to a session near you…….. ;-) …….The Music does sound great on it, though.

Ho, Ho, Ho.

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My favorite present was the 1975 Bothy Band record. My dad couldn’t find the CD anywhere so he bought the record off ebay. He said that looking at it, he could tell it had never been played or if so very little. It still had the Green Linnet questionnaire in it. He then made a frame out of lacewood, which looks very nice. He turned the record into a CD and using a digital camera took a picture of the front and back of the record. He used the pictures and a program he has to make the front and back cover of the CD case. Along with that I got a bunch of other CD’s, John Skelton’s "A Few Tunes" (which, by the way, is anyone else missing tunes 10, 30, and 31 from the book?), and a collection of Edgar Allen Poe’s works. Oh, and a pair of boxers because my mom is weird like that.

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I got a Johnson Octave Mandolin - which of course I bought for myself as a Christmas present - the best way to get what you really want!

Pete

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He also bought "me" a digital camera. *snicker*

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Ah yes, the buy-a-toy-for-her-so-I-can-play-with-it scenario! I know a lot of guy shutterbugs who just have to buy the latest cool gadget "for the wife". ;)
Zina, we’ll have to chat offlist about things beadlike…

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Sounds good to me, Sara. Don’t know how far I’ll get with the bead crochet. The only thing I really want to do with it are those cool spirally ropes, and I just strung 2 and a half feet of beads and had to take a break or die from the boredom. Maybe I’ll stick with the other stuff… ;)

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Got new Johnny Connolly & Catherine & John McEvoy CDs + Jackson Browne ( to balance the books ). Got PDA as well & would love an ABC program to run on it. The David Holmes programs just crash it ( Palm Tungsten E ).

Merry Christmas !!!!!

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Poor Bard, you got a bodhran for x-mas. life sucks eh?

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drip drip (couldn’t resist it)

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Another disappointing year I’m afraid. Every year recently I’ll see people getting new cars for Christmas. Like new Jaguars with a bow around the cat’s neck, or a new Lexus or BMW with big red bows tied on the roof. I drop all the hints, stop everyone from talking so complete attention can be given to the adverts with the Christmas car gifts. But no one gets it — I’m still without my new car. Santa let me down again. *sigh*

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I got a plane ticket to be with my daughter when my first grandchild is born in April.

How does this relate to the topic?

I am going to try to get to some sessions out there in California while I’m there.

Anyone know where Fallbrook is? Any sessions around camp Pendelton? Do Marines play ITM?

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I got nothing…

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I got the best gift….invited 10 of my best music friends from the Portland/Portsmouth session scene and ended up with the best house session yet….tunes started after dinner (8:30 pm) and went on well past 1 AM on xmas eve….everyone had a grand time…great food, great laughs and some real good trad!

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not too bad, a 3/4 set of gallagher uilleann pipes. =D

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Paul McGrattan’s Keelwest,Paul Smyth’s Up And Away,WFO vol. 2, and money which I am putting toward drones!
Also,this was not a gift,I ordered it a few months ago,and paid for it with my own money,but it came just a couple days before xmas,so it almost seemed like a gift,a Casey Burns B FLAT FLUTE!!!!!!!!!! WHEE!!!!!!!!!!

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The Marx Brothers Silver Screen Collection

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To rid ourselves of a big dose of annoying commercialism, my little family got rid of the TV a year ago. This Cristmas we decided to extend this philosophy further and so decided to buy as little as possible and simply make each other gifts. I got a framed matted b/w picture of my Cat, posed with a rose, next to my violin; it was aptly captioned… "The Cat and the Fiddle."

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Seisflutes, I also got Keelwest and WFO 2! Great, aren’t they? I still want a wooden flute, though….:)

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I didn’t, but what’s new there? I did however get a new fiddle case, which was most welcome and needed

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New fiddle cases — aren’t they lovely? There’s something so, so, so *luxurious* about a new fiddle case…. All that pristine and still fluffy plush, the velvet blanket not having gotten lost yet, unbroken zippers and hinges…oooo, I need to go take a cold shower now… ;)

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Heh…. easy, lass…

Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahilll Live

Now is it just me, or does he sound a bit like Paddy Canny?

and some money towards a new fiddle….. only 740 dollars to go….

argh

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we cut the plug off our tv 8yrs ago, never looked back …

nothing musical this year, but bought a lovely bodhran for the girls last year _a tuneable 1998 barrie lockwood (now living in spain and still making them)

some grey grey clothes (interestingly no socks) but ”grey is great” and from the leatherhead’s : ‘hungry frogs _the game of frantic feasting froggies!’ which makes an awful racket altogether

i’ll treat myself to a better sliding capo, strings and plecs in the new year and get some instruments & gear ‘fixed’ up, like my old ‘marshall tops’, so i can at least use it again or sell it off

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Whoa there, Zina. The case is indeed very luxurious, especially compared to the old one, which looks like something salvaged from the Pequod. The only trouble now is that my old fiddle also looks like something salvaged from the Pequod, only all the more so as it reclines concupiscently in its pristine, voluptuous blue velvet, more like a weather beaten galley-slave than the houri such sumptuousness calls for - And I can’t afford anything like that. I need a cold shower now too.

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The only "musical" item here was a curly metal recipe book stand, which Him Indoors bought thinking it’d make a nice table-top music stand for our square piano.

I do my arranging work at the square because the light action suits my strain-prone left hand and with the lid down and keyboard hatch up it’s a convenient work surface for all the books and paper I usually need … as long as you don’t want the music desk!

He worried, after buying it, that it wouldn’t be much use because the arms to hold the book open prevent page turns. Turned out to be just perfect for my trad bits’n’pieces though. My thesession.org tunebook, the Pete Cooper book and a few other collections I look through for tunes I don’t have on CD just will not stay open, and it’s not like you ever need to turn a page in a hurry à la chamber music rehearsal when picking through trad tunes. Being designed for large recipe books, too, it’ll comfortably take bigger books like O’Neill’s that fling themselves off ordinary collapsible stands with gay abandon.

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A weather-beaten galley-slave in voluptuous blue velvet - now that’s my kind of girl!

Jim