lsanger’s twenty comments

  • Re: The Blossom Of Ballisland

    The transcription above includes only the first two parts. James plays the tune twice through on his CD, and both times includes a third part that is similar to but definitely different from the first part. more…

  • Re: Red Stockings

    This appears to be related to “Drops of Spring Water.” more…

  • Re: Is The Big Man Within ?

    How was surprised to discover this tune under the title “The Merry Tailor” in O’Neill‘s Music of Ireland. more…

  • Re: Moll And Tiarna

    The tune here is "Maire na Sop," also called "Mary of the Wisp." Altan's source for the tune might have been Francie Dearg Byrne, who played it followed by a tune he called "Moll na Tiarna"—the latter appears to be a version of "The Volunteer." more…

  • Re: Looking for opinions on which Dervish albums to buy

    For my taste, Spirit is somehow head and shoulders above the rest. I like all of the albums, but on Spirit they just seem to be inspired. The fiddle is particularly great, and while the original question-asker doesn't like Cathy's singing, I do, and her s... more…

  • Re: The Future ITM

    I just noticed my name taken in vain here, and I had to reply. more…

  • Re: Definitions of Trad playing?

    Thanks for the welcomes, folks! more…

  • James Byrne learned barndances from his father and local players, which may not reflect the way barndances are played on old 78s of players from other parts of Ireland. I have no doubt, actually, that barndances *were* (and are) played with more bounce i... more…

  • Re: Definitions of Trad playing?

    It seems to me "picking up that fiddle" hasn't got a straight answer to the original question. more…

  • Not quite so bouncy, really. With more of a slightly-evened out hornpipe bounce. Best to just hear it, of course! more…