celticrichie’s fifty-three comments

  • The Pipers Despair

    None of the posted settings are for the GHB, or even small pipes. The first part range is too low and the second part too high. It could be transposed, but it would not do the tune justice. A real pipers despair. more…

  • No Longer Active

    Yes, as I stated elsewhere some time ago, the pub is now an Indian restaurant. The Irish influence has moved from the Sparkhill area of Birmingham, but can still be found in the Digbeth area. The Spotted Dog is just one venue. more…

  • Pipe Tune

    We have played this for years in the pipe band as a 4/4 march. I also play it in sessions up tempo at 120 BPM. Nice catchy tune. more…

  • Re: Sheet music or staff notation.

    The comments posted so far in reply to your question are absolutely right. However, having taught the GHB in pipe bands for years it is quite clear that everyone is different and abilities to even relate a note on the instrument to what is written on the ... more…

  • Re: Baroque bows - were they just a phase?

    Hi. I started playing fiddle seriously about four years ago when I found a lovely young lassie willing to teach an old codger like me. My point being that have not much of an idea what a baroque bow is like. What I do have is a bow with the brand name of ... more…

  • Re: Changes coming to The Session

    Thanks for all your work Jeremy. I'm sure you realise how much the site is relied on and valued. Top man. more…

  • Re: Polkas for fiddle

    Wow. I knew that I could rely on the music fraternity to supply the goods and you have not let me down. Many thanks for the tune suggestions and good advice. Taken on board and totally agreed with. more…

  • Polkas for fiddle

    There have been a few posts that refer to the difficulty of learning tunes. I agree that some tunes struggled with in the early days appear easier later on. This is no doubt due to improved technique. more…

  • Hope I'm not stating the obvious, but to a piper the essence of this tune is in the phrasing, particularly in the 3rd and 4th parts. The first two parts are ok as a fiddle reel, but in the 3rd and 4th parts I believe that having the 'dots and cuts' in the... more…

  • Name this tune please

    I have picked up a nice wee tune which I was told is Maggie in the Woods. I don't yet play Maggie in the Woods, but the tune I have is not like any version of 'Maggie' that I have seen or heard. more…