pianoter’s one hundred and seven comments

  • The Ukrainian

    Interesting but strange little polka I learnt from a piano accordion at a session recently. The man himself was half Ukrainian half English and was keen to bust out a few Ukrainian tunes in between all the Irish stuff! more…

  • Solo uilleann pipe albums

    I have a simple request. I want to find an album that is just 100% uilleann pipes. Jigs, reels, hornpipes, polkas, etc, whatever. But just uilleann pipes. Anytime I look there always seems to be a guitar or a whistle or something playing along which is fi... more…

  • Re: Bilbao?

    I will check that out! For some reason when I originally searched, I presumed it was defunct on account of it first being posted 13 years ago... But if it's still going 13 years then fair feckin' play! more…

  • Bilbao?

    I've looked at the sessions listed here for Bilbao, Vizcaya but I can only see a beginner's one listed. I'm wondering if there are any sessions of a higher skill level or simply any other ITM musicians willing to play in this city! more…

  • Putting swing into your fiddle

    I've been playing for 4 years and would consider myself fairly decent. I haven't had a teacher in ages but while watching the following video it dawned on me that my fiddle playing doesn't have nearly as much swing as I enjoy hearing. Take a look more…

  • Saltarello De Phalese

    Heard this on "Songs and Dances of the Flemish Renaissance", a seemingly obscure album that I've only been able to find on Youtube. I transcribed it by ear. Pretty simple tune but there's something so endearingly catchy about it! The simplicity of tunes b... more…

  • Re: Willie Coleman’s

    This sounds a lot like Rose in the Heather actually. more…

  • Buying fiddles online

    What is your opinion on this? I don't like the idea of buying an instrument without hearing how it sounds first, but the selection of fiddles for the price range I'm after (€4-500) is not all that great. Surprising for a place like Galway. more…

  • Re: What’s the difference between a Scottish Jig and an Irish Jig?

    There are certainly some tunes that are associated with the Ulster-Scots Protestant identity. There is no real difference between the tunes, but I have noticed Scottish jigs tend to be in Amix a lot, which is nice, this is no doubt due to the bagpipe infl... more…

  • Re: What other music do you especially like - and why?

    I love and listen to all other forms of music, but outside of folk/trad, the genre I listen to most and love as much as trad, is metal. I'm talking black and death metal, the very abrasive stuff with dark imagery and lyrical content. I love it. Metal was ... more…