Gary B’s twenty-four comments

  • Re: King Of The Fairies

    I think this tune works great followed by Off to California. The dark mysterious feel of Fairies makes way for the bright sunshine of California. more…

  • Re: Whistle Rolls on Low D (or on a flute for that matter)

    Good thread. The way I usually play Chief O'Neill's that first D is too short, but I do the cran on the final D's of A and B part. more…

  • Swinging On The Gate, X:8

    As played by Celticity, about the only one I could find on Spotify... what a fun tune. Most Irish tune names don’t seem to bear much relation to the tunes themselves, but this one is definitely an exception. more…

  • Tam Lin, X:25

    Here's a setting that I think works well on the flute. If you have an Fnat key (either long or short works), it's not too bad, and it gives good (rare) practice on the Bb. For the whistle... ok, break out the C whistle. more…

  • Re: Crested Hens

    Jayl, the D# is the only note you can’t really get unless your instrument happens to half hole it particularly well. I can’t get it on the flute either, though it works fine for me on the whistle. That’s why, back in the olden days, flute players wo... more…

  • Re: whistle - side of the mouth

    I came upon this thread after noticing a very good player I sometimes play with playing out of the side of the mouth. Interesting change. A warning: if you try playing way out of the side of your mouth, be prepared to be temporarily deafened in that ear. ... more…

  • The Ebb Tide, X:6

    As played by Catherine McEvoy on The Home Ruler (and together with that other hornpipe). This is an example of serendipity: I listened to her version because I was learning The Home Ruler and learning to play the flute, and found (and immediately fell in ... more…

  • Pull The Knife And Stick It Again, X:8

    How Matt Molloy does it, at least the first time through, on his self-titled 1976 album. To me, the G# in the A part absolutely makes this tune, and it's what immediately made me think "I have to learn this tune!" more…

  • The Humours Of Glendart, X:9

    As played on the Comhaltas Foinn Seisiún Volume 1. These are my go-to recordings for initial learning of most tunes - not particular inspiring, but they seem like a good base (but I'm relatively new at Irish music so I'd be happy to be corrected). more…

  • Re: What the heck is a single reel?

    Re-reading this whole thread and looking over the actual reels in thesession.org, we have one of two possible situations: more…