mkearney’s six comments

  • Re: clean fiddle strings

    I once saw Kevin Burke clean his strings in the middle of a show by turning his fiddle over and wiping the strings back and forth on top of his pant leg. (He was seated.) What's good enough for Kevin Burke . . . . 🙂 more…

  • Re: A Pogues’ Tune Query

    Great memory, Darin! That's it, surely. I'll keep searching for the title, but in the interim, I can learn it now. Just a thought, but it could be the music to a Child ballad. Will have to check that angle out. Many thanks. more…

  • A Pogues’ Tune Query

    Anyone recognize the tune that begins "Young Ned of the Hill"? Sounds real "maritimey" (as opposed to "old timey" I suppose). and isn't the music, per O'Neill, for the song "Ned of the Hill". It's great gas and could be quasi-trad, I reckon, but has an... more…

  • The Auld Resting Chair

    Fiddler and former band mate of the ubiquitous Mick Maloney, Eugene O'Donnell plays a splendid variant of this tune on his solo album from the late 70s or early 80s. If I'm not "misremembering", the album was called, aptly enough, Eugene O'Donnell. Great ... more…

  • Re: Fiddle repair

    Thanks for the advice, Trevor. It's a real nice fiddle with the Stainer design and an early label dated 1662 affixed within. Of course, that's apocryphal, but the fiddle has great tone--even with the seam separation. Now to find a luthier I can trust to d... more…

  • Fiddle repair

    I've acquired an old fiddle circa 1800s that has a 3 1/2" center seam separation on the back below the button. I'm considering doing the repair myself with some hide glue. Is it possible to seal the seam with such glue without removing the back or the top... more…