DrSilverSpear’s six thousand, seven hundred and seventy-one comments

  • Re: Tunes used by Eluveitie

    Yes, the Fermoy Lasses is on one of those albums. There are a fair few trad tunes, but I don't know offhand -- I'll recognise them when I'm subjected to that album again. more…

  • Re: How far should the focus of this site be allowed to drift away from its original purpose?

    You focus on Irish trad and end up playing the Tarbolton anyway, so what's the feckin' point in losing sleep over it? more…

  • Re: Talky Talky

    Sometimes, the Glasgow scene feels like the UN. more…

  • Re: Talky Talky

    There are a few sessions around here where the paid session leaders do as much, if not more, chatting than playing, while at the same time, it's not really kosher for plebs to start sets themselves. So if you are a pleb, you find yourself sitting awkward... more…

  • Re: Seems Like Cheating on the Uillean Pipes

    Yes, reeds can be harder or softer, but there is no classification system like you find with Highland pipes, and no standardisation. And a reed that works in your chanter will sound like pants in another chanter, and vice versa, and it's all a black art ... more…

  • Re: Seems Like Cheating on the Uillean Pipes

    As others have said, a great chanter with a great reed do sound that full volumed and that clear and bright in person. A lot of the guys you named know exactly what sound they want and make their own reeds. I don't, because I hate that fiddley sh ** t, a... more…

  • Re: Smallpipes

    Okay, I didn't know they were that interchangeable. Obviously you can stick a B uilleann chanter (or whatever) on a D set, but you wouldn't be able to run the regs or drones with it. So most people don't do that. more…

  • Re: Smallpipes

    If it's in A, it's always in A. You can't make an A set into a D set. Same as any bagpipe, really. more…

  • Re: Smallpipes

    I used to play sessions with Edinburgh Andy May in the Antiquary about ten years ago. more…

  • Re: If you live in the UK or Ireland, how likely are you to hear trad music in non-pub or session settings?

    Ceilidhs are popular for weddings/university clubs/corporate events and any other sort of gathering you can imagine, and I think Scottish schools do them too. If you're involved in any of the above, you'll hear trad music. more…