Borderer’s one hundred and seventy-three comments

  • Bouzouki Accompaniment

    Bouzoukis have been used in ITM for several decades, but by and large don't seem to have been taken on board Scottish traditional music. As I am much more familiar with the latter, this question comes from ignorance and a desire to understand. As far as I... more…

  • Re: Irish wedding march

    Another possibility would be Marino Casino. It's posted on this site as a reel, but it's played as a very stately 4/4 air by its composer, John Sheahan - video available in the "Comments" section. more…

  • Re: Undo a bad impression? feat. Spoons (I know, eww)

    The best advice given so far is to learn some Catalan, and I would heartily endorse this. Most foreigners who go to live in Spain only know some Castilian (if anything), but Catalan is definitely the local language in Barcelona. If you try some Catalan pe... more…

  • Re: Irish and Scottish Airs with Piano Parts

    Thanks for suggestions, everybody. I realise there are lots of books available, but without seeing the notes and level of difficulty I didn't want to rush ahead and buy. Situation is complicated by the fact that the relative in question lives in a differe... more…

  • Irish and Scottish Airs with Piano Parts

    Does anyone know of any websites that give music for slow(ish) Irish and Scottish tunes with written out notes for piano accompaniment? I'm asking because of a very elderly family member who we think would benefit from musical stimulation. We think that t... more…

  • Re: Scottish tune name request

    I agree, DonaldK. It sounds as if someone took the Sidlaw Hills apart and put it together in a different order. more…

  • Re: What is your approach when you spend time learning a tune and when you go to a jam it is played differently?

    Another problem with playing Farewell to the Creeks in sessions is that while pipers know the full 4-part version, many other people know the tune via the song "Farewell to Sicily" by Hamish Henderson, which was written to the melody of the pipe march, bu... more…

  • Re: Unnamed tune in Irish

    I don't follow what Ned and Calum are complaining about. The point I was making is that "ainm" in Irish is pronounced with two syllables - the second syllable is an integral part of the word as pronounced by modern Irish speakers and not "added", but the ... more…

  • Re: Unnamed tune in Irish

    @ mackeagan: "This is one of those cases where Gaelic adds an extra syllable where there isn’t one". more…

  • Re: Christy Moore_St. Andrews Folk Club 1969

    I agree with Kenny about the quality of St Andrews Folk Club. It was mostly solo singers (occasional duos). It was expensive to hire bands so they were mostly seen at the St Andrews Folk Festival rather than the regular Sunday nights. I was a regular att... more…