ReallyBadFiddler’s twelve comments

  • Re: Possible Arran trip

    I’ve been to innis Moore and innis mann. I think it depends on what time of year you go. Innis mann there was a session most nights but it was very informal, no session leader to to speak. People just happened to have their instruments and ended up pla... more…

  • Re: Learning from notation.

    People often make a huge deal about (not) learning from notation. I think the point is to listen first, to understand the nuance and things that can't be transposed. Once you grasp that, its whatever gets you there. I primarily learn by ear, but often wil... more…

  • Kirwans on the Wharf

    Session goes from 3-6. Intimate session with some friendly folks. I was welcomed my first time there when I randomly showed up. There's a bit of chat and a bit of tunes. The venue is new and quite nice. more…

  • Re: A Simple Debate: Fiddle or Violin

    Hi Kellie, they are the same instrument. Ive heard of fiddlers having a bit less arched bridges to give a little faster action on their playing but even that isn't a hard/fast rule. I think your quote probably has its heart in the right place. Its really ... more…

  • Re: Sessions in Arran?

    Boy is my face red... more…

  • Re: Sessions in Arran?

    I just left Inis Meáin yesterday. I was there for the weekend and ended up having an impromptu session with four other gentleman. It was a lot of fun, but it seemed the sessions there were a little more random then most of the sessions I've been to with ... more…

  • Going to the Fleadh as a "tourist"?

    Hello everyone, more…

  • Re: Fleadhs, etc. in Ireland 2017

    I just booked my flight to Ireland for the Ennis fleadh! Sorry I can't contribute anything worth while but I'm hoping the thread gets some tips from those who have been in the past on what to expect. more…

  • Re: Irish Fiddle Retreat / Course / Workshop

    I can second Fiddlers Retreat in Tipperary. Theresa is a fantastic teacher and the local sessions are great. I went there with about a year and half of fiddling under my belt and came away with what seemed like months of progress after one week with her. more…

  • Best town in Ireland for a fiddle stay?

    I'm planning a trip to Ireland next year, but would like to stay in a small town with multiple sessions a day that is easily walkable. I've been to Galway, which is amazing and certainly fits the bill, but wondering if there is anywhere else I should ente... more…