Matt Milton’s four hundred and one comments

  • 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…

  • Re: Observations about Irish versus American traditional music

    I've heard it asserted before that musicians adopted the melodies of song airs for polkas and waltzes when they became fashionable, but I don't think I've heard that said of reels before. more…

  • Re: Clawhammer Banjo for Irish music?

    I've tried to play Irish tunes clawhammer style but I could only manage it quite slowly. To [perhaps] echo some of the posts above, it just didn't really strike me as the optimum tool for the job. more…

  • Re: Happy New Musical Year 2018

    I want to finish things: so I’ll make a new year resolution to put tunes I know into sets. More recording too, I need to tidy up my spare room with a recording setup so I can just pick up the fiddle and press record more…

  • Re: Forgetting Tunes

    Can’t think of any situation where it would actually matter. Unless you were a professional musician and froze middle of a set. (And even then I have seen that happen and a pro always gets through it with good humour and ingenuity) more…

  • Re: Best Irish Trad CDs of 2017

    Oh and also Noel hill’s Irish Concertina 3 album and Lankum’s Between the Earth and Sky. more…

  • Re: Best Irish Trad CDs of 2017

    palace sessions by Isaac alderson and Dylan foley more…

  • Re: Best Irish Trad CDs of 2017

    Danny Diamond, Elbow Room more…