cab’s sixty-eight comments

  • Re: White goods and traditional Irish music

    Maybe it comes from the words sometimes sung to that: more…

  • Re: whistle duo

    Playing from a score adds another complication. If you're used to playing a D whistle and associating certain fingerings with certain notes (e.g. 3 fingers down = G), then things will be different on another whistle, say a G whistle, where 3 fingers down... more…

  • Re: Session … practice session … practice/session?

    Isn't there an inconsistency in contrasting " modal tunes" with "major and minor tunes". Once you see things in terms of modes, why not refer to ionian tunes rather than major? Minor is a bit trickier, because of the weird classical minor scales, but mo... more…

  • Re: Notation

    There are several very good reasons for using abc but the main one for me is that it's a quick and easy way to create conventional notation. If I'm writing music in 3 or 4 parts I might use something more ambitious - say Musescore - but for creating a set... more…

  • Re: Anglo Concertina players

    Thanks Henrik. It makes a lot of sense, and not just for Irish music. Would you say that the reduction in the number of reeds compared to a standard EC and the resulting space inside has an impact on tone and/or volume? more…

  • Re: Technology - How Has it Affected the Irish Session?

    Sorry Bogtrumpet. Couldn't resist the tuber gag when you dismissed the notion of keyless flutes being lighter and so more comfortable. If anyone should know the relative weight of various flutes, it's your good self. more…

  • Re: Technology - How Has it Affected the Irish Session?

    "If flute players are so weak as not to be able to lift and extra few grams to their lips it’s to be seen that they don’t play the bassoon or the tuber (not recommending for sessions of course)" more…

  • Re: Technology - How Has it Affected the Irish Session?

    "That's progress?" Certainly - it allows the player to keep the resultantly much lighter instrument up to his lips for far longer. :) more…

  • Re: Place names in Irish songs

    The hilarious thing about Black Velvet Band is that the earliest (broadside) versions were published in England and set in London, usually around Ratcliffe Highway. There's even one set in Barking Essex, apparently. But, as is the way with traditional s... more…

  • Re: Anglo Concertina players

    I wonder if definitions have changed in the last 13 years? more…