Matt Milton’s four hundred and sixteen comments

  • Re: How to sing this as a man? change words?

    I sing loads of songs that are in a female voice. Probably my favourite folk song ever is 'Brisk Young Sailor', a variant of a very common folk song 'Died for Love'. It has that very standard folk song scenario of 'getting pregnant and then dumped by some... more…

  • Re: How to get in the “zone” when performing

    Also, remember that rhythm is important and it is also FUN. Audience will enjoy yr performance much more if it has lift and bounce and rhythm than if it is note-perfect but cautious and without any energy. So smile and tap yr foot. more…

  • Re: How to get in the “zone” when performing

    I play much better when I smile. It looks cheesy but it works. You just relax straightaway. Because smiling is something we do as a result of feeling happy - something our body biologically associates with feeling happy - the physical action of smiling ha... more…

  • Re: Now She’s Purring

    Very excited to hear about this. What label is it on? more…

  • Re: “Maybe I’m Not Bad At Fiddle?” An Investigation of Learning Curves, Handicaps, and Perceived Limitations

    There's a very easy answer to this: go to a violin shop, with your fiddle, and try out several different instruments. Compare them to yours. See if there's a radical difference. If you have a pocket recorder (eg one of those Zooms) you could even take it ... more…

  • Re: GDPR advice please

    Sending out reminders about folk events is definitely not something you need to worry about from a GDPR point of view. more…

  • Re: Fiddle Rolls

    It's a five-note procedure (including the first note) more…

  • Re: English Hurdy-Gurdy Music

    There's a fair bit of related non-Irish music on this website. Just as there might be a few Scottish, old-time or English tunes played at an Irish session from time to time. It's a website, there's plenty of space. more…

  • Re: Matt Molloy’s Studio sound

    The studio sound of Donal Lunny's albums always tends to be very 'present' and hyper-detailed. I was listening last night to the Frank Harte and Donal Lunny albums, and they are very much 'you are in the room with the musicians' type of albums. more…

  • Re: Concertina Progress: Slides, Polkas, Barndances, a Slip-Jig, and a Fling.

    Will, by "the tune" I guess you mean the first tune in the set? Well, it's in the nature of the A part of the first tune in that set that there's a certain weight given to the first note, but I'd say even that first note of the A part gets as many off-b... more…