Daniel Parker’s two hundred and forty comments

  • Re: Was there ever an entire album of tunes that you wish you could learn?

    At the risk of sounding cliché, Ow've ended up learning most of the tunes on "Paddy in the Smoke". Most of the sets are still fantastic. more…

  • Re: Tune ID please

    https://thesession.org/tunes/33 more…

  • Re: Tune ID please

    Nice version too! more…

  • Re: The Gold Ring

    I'm wondering which version of this tune is more prevalent / more useful to learn. I have seen that there are two common basic strains of "The Gold Ring", one played by Willie Clancy, Matt Molloy, Ronan Browne and others, which begins: more…

  • Re: Paddy In The Smoke

    "The Smoke" was the thing I was stumbling on. That's what I get for being American... more…

  • Re: Paddy In The Smoke

    A somewhat unintelligent question... but where does the name "Paddy in the Smoke" come from? I saw "The Ragged Hank of Yarn" labeled as such on some recording somewhere; is it the name thus a reference to this tune? Pardon my ignorance... more…

  • Re: Gusty’s Frolics

    John Doherty's version of this reminds me a lot of the reel "The Pinch of Snuff" in slip jig form. It's almost uncanny. more…

  • The Curragh Races, X:8

    I transcribed this from Cape Breton fiddler Wilfred Prosper on the album "Bras D'Or House", which is a compilation of Cape Breton fiddle recordings from Rounder. I think this setting is very close to the one on the Macnamara Family's "Leitrim's Hidden Tre... more…

  • The Curragh Races, X:7 (“The Hare in the Corn”)

    A Donegal version played by John Doherty on "Bundle and Go", track 9. Sometimes Doherty replaces the initial "eA{d}BA" figure in the opening bars with the "eA^cA" figure seen later in the first part. I like the modal contrasts in this setting that is so i... more…

  • Re: A Question about two Donegal highlands

    Actually, the reason I hadn't thought about "Maid in the Cherry Tree" being related is that I knew that name as another for "The Curragh Races". I see the resemblance to the other "Maid" now. more…