Nigel Gatherer’s three thousand, one hundred and seven comments

  • Re: Rafferty tune books “2.0” - “300 Tunes” and “Second Wind”

    These books are fantastic, and I’d recommend them to anyone interested in Irish music. Lesl has worked hard on these collections, bringing us a fascinating repertoire of a traditional Irish musician, along with knowledgable annotations, background infor… more…

  • Re: Tater Valsen

    “F & A scene” = “fiddle and accordion scene” - not some underground adult club. 🙂 more…

  • Re: Fear A Bhios Fada Gun Phosadh

    “Grass and heather and moorland plants will grow on a man who is late in marrying. A great beard will grow on a man who is late in marrying.” (sleeve notes from Suilean Dubh by Tannas). more…

  • Re: Auld Rattray

    The composer is Jim Watson, Johnny Jay. He also composed “Sidlaw Hills”, “Ruthven House” and, I think, “Links of Love”. more…

  • Re: Lord Lovat’s Welcome

    This would be classed as a “slow strathspey” (Athole Collection). If Captain Simon Fraser is to be believed, it was composed by “Lord Lovat’s minstrel” and “taken down from the singing of Thomas Praser of Aclmacloich, father of the present Mr … more…

  • Re: B flat tunes

    gimpy said, “Nigel, I may well be missing something, but Lunasa’s version of the Last Pint comes out in Bb only because they’re playing F whistles.” more…

  • Re: B flat tunes

    There aren’t very many. more…

  • Re: Gan Ainm

    Charlie Hunter https://thesession.org/tunes/809 more…

  • Re: Names of these polkas

    I had a few great sessions with Nigel Jelks, Kenny. He had a huge repertoire and he could play, but he was always extremely generous and friendly with me. A sad loss. more…

  • Re: The Kitchenpiper

    “I have to say it rather puts me off contributing when I put up something with my name against it and come back to find that it has been messed about with.” more…