ElbowPiper’s thirteen comments

  • Re: Will composers run out of new combinations of musical notes to create original melodies?

    Regarding the struggle to compose original tunes and everything sounding "samey" — I think we might be overestimating what it takes for a tune to sound unique. Often, it seems, tunes can be made up almost entirely of copy/paste heard-it-a-million-times ... more…

  • Re: What’s the difference?

    I second the irishtune.info link, but here are my personal explanations. more…

  • "Like an old air the Rakes of Mallow"

    That's a fascinating source @jksiazek. To me, it suggests that as new rhythms washed over Ireland (like the polka) older tunes or airs were adapted to them. Sure, plenty of older 3/4 tunes are still anachronistically called "waltzes", despite predating th... more…

  • Polkas that double as Strathspeys?

    I've recently noticed that there are a good few Irish polkas that lead double lives as strathspeys. Sure, there are plenty of Irish reels/flings/highlands that can double as Strathspeys, but it strikes me as odd that the uniquely Irish polka tradition sha... more…

  • Re: Been to a session these days? Please comment!

    Sessions in both Berlin, Germany and the Philadelphia area of the US are (slowly) restarting. Many groups have lost venues and pandemic setbacks have made things very tentative. Still, a few of the old sessions in each local have fired back up for good (h... more…

  • Re: Cam Ye O’er Frae France

    Bit late to the party, but there's a very popular English Country Dance called Key to the Cellar which uses this tune as well. more…

  • Re: Tune names please - set of 2 polkas

    There are a few different "Ballydesmond" polkas. This is usually called Ballydesmond #1 when they're played in a set of 2. Occasionally you'll hear someone add another Ballydesmond on to the front of the set, making this tune Ballydesmond #2. more…

  • Re: Casey Burns - I’m checking in with the Traditional Flute Community

    So it's a federal crime to play the flutes, but not to scare the life out of the people handling them? Sounds about right. Still, glad to hear the project is coming along well despite the circumstances. more…

  • Re: Creeping elitification

    On the topic of commercialisation of trad, I don't see an issue with teaching musicians how to market themselves. If you love the music and want to make it your living, surely you'd want to know all the tricks for translating tunes into cash. I doubt ther... more…

  • Re: O’Sullivan’s

    Sounds quite similar to Miss Admiral Gordon's Strathspey. https://thesession.org/tunes/9092 more…