Matt Milton’s four hundred and eight comments

  • 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…

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

    Polkas usually have a strong emphasis on the second beat. Try playing Terry Teahan's polka really really slowly and with an exaggeratedly heavy emphasis on the off-beat, like it was a reggae tune. Then speed up. Something about the rhythm of a polka that ... more…

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

    "About the slides, I have a very difficult time discerning slides from jigs, especially at slower tempos on the slides. When you say "snappier", what do you mean by that?" more…

  • Re: How many instruments

    Depends why they're asking. If I were going for a job and I would be more likely to get that job by listing as many instruments as possible... then I would list as many instruments as possible! more…

  • Re: To Reel or to Hornpipe

    Yes to the above comments on tempo. In Pete Cooper's Irish fiddle book he introduces reels by saying something really simply like reels are either played less dotted than hornpipes, or at such a tempo that the dotting is less noticeable. Which is always s... more…

  • Re: Playing Jigs and Slides in Sets

    If you play a slide exactly like a jig then it's no longer a slide, it's a jig, so no problems set-wise or dance-wise. But problems karma-wise: you might find it hard to sleep when the vengeful ghost of Padraig O'Keefe reprimands you by playing scolding s... more…

  • Re: Solo

    This is a wonderful album of Scottish fiddle music (and one Scandi tune). Entirely solo, just fiddle and a little bit of Hardanger fiddle. Check out track 5, 'Are you always pleased', to hear some great rhythmic strathspeys that'll get your head-nodding,... more…

  • Re: Hornpipes

    Originally in English music, you had tunes called 'hornpipes' that were in 3/2 and even 9/4 hornpipes, as well as 4/4 hornpipes. There's a tunebook called 'Three Extraordinary Collections" which compiles 3 tunebooks by Marsden, Walsh and Ravenscroft, feat... more…

  • Re: “PRECIOUS HEROES” ANDY IRVINE & LUKE PLUMB - New album released 14th Feb 2018

    While it's nice to know about this, and while I'm sure there's a lot of other Andy Irvine fans on this site (I am one), this post is a lot like spam; a cut'n'pasted press release. I'm not sure thesession would be as nice a place as it is, if news of every... more…