Julian Nichols’s twenty-one comments

  • Re: Electric violins for quiet practice

    I play electric violin as well as trad, am currently playing a Mark Wood signature Viper (5 string flying-V electric violin), but I’ve played most electric violins out there and sold many. more…

  • Re: Alternatives to listening to albums?

    Ferghal Scahill’s tune a day on YouTube is great, he’s done hundreds. They are often recorded in different places during his travels, with all sorts of players that he meets up with. They have that raw, unpolished, spontaneous feel to them, which is f… more…

  • Re: Mandolin tuner visible in daylight

    The newest model of Snark tuners have a brighter screen than the previous models - I can tune the A string on my fiddle in broad daylight quite easily with it. Although it’s Winter here in Australia, so I guess I haven’t tested it in very bright sunli… more…

  • Re: All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil Competitions

    I agree with you Kenny - especially for the younger players. I watched some of the 12-15 whistle competitors, and a few of them seemed very nervous indeed. To their credit though, the performances were all excellent. I don’t think that the added stress … more…

  • Re: Bobbin’ John

    It seems as though this tune had made it to colonial Australia by the early 1800’s, as it’s (presumably) referenced in this amusing police report in The Sydney Gazette, 1832: more…

  • Re: Question for these of you who have recorded an album

    I think that a lot of the ideas behind track order on albums still come from the days of vinyl - you can listen to classic albums like Dark Side of the Moon or Abbey Road to get a feel for the real craft that they put into ordering the tracks. more…

  • Re: Shared Notes : A Musical Journey by Martin Hayes

    I wasn’t aware of this book, thank you very much for sharing. I just read the free sample online, and loved it, I will be definitely be ordering it more…

  • Re: Spatter The Dew

    Here’s a very beautiful rendition on the traditional Ukrainian instrument the Torban, by Ukrainian player Maria Viksnina : https://youtu.be/RaF16pBV2E0 more…

  • Re: Cottesloe Beach

    What a pleasant surprise to stumble upon this! Yes, for anyone wondering, Cottesloe Beach is one of the most highly regarded beaches in Perth, Western Australia. Wikipedia even goes so far as to call it iconic! more…

  • Re: Good Celtic tunes with a strong, driving beat for hard rock drummer

    Rapalje here do a pretty rocking set with Cooley’s / Maid Behind the Bar. I could definitely imagine a drumkit backing this up. more…