tunebook 20 tunes.
Having discovered Irish traditional music late in life, in Summer 04, hearing Brendan Power at the Broadstairs Folk Festival I am trying to make up for lost time. I’ve had to reduce my accordion and guitar playing because of carpal tunnel problems so have taken up Irish music on harmonica.
I’m fortunate in living close to a friendly weekly pub session at The Anchor at Wingham, and have started quietly joining in. Retirement means I have the time to learn tunes and this brilliant site keeps me supplied with tunes. I’m also playing mandolin, very much a beginner.
Since writing the above I have now obtained a mandolin banjo, I use my mandolin for practice at home and the mandolin banjo at sessions. I had trouble hearing the mandolin against U pipes, accordion, 3 banjos, whistles and flute, no problem hearing the mandolin banjo.
January 2007 I’ve just bought a banjo from Andybanjo. Now I’ve got to adapt from mandolin.
After a year I had worn the fret so much that they had to be reground. Andy advised me to relax my "Vulcan death grip" on the banjo and my next banjo bought in 2009 has not shown such wear.
I sold the mandolin banjo, I could hear it OK but didn’t like the sound. I bought a vintage (1926) Gibson banjo because I liked its sound and also a better mandolin.
Our session has moved to Molash on Wednesday evenings
mostly the same people over the years.