Hark!’s forty comments

  • Re: Dance Music w/o Dancing

    All traditions are "invented:" they involve decisions about inclusion and exclusion. Ireland has/had all sort of musical practices. For example in Francis O'Neill's childhood brass bands were extremely popular--there were 33 in Cork and one in Bantry when... more…

  • Re: Traditional Irish Music

    I started researching a biography of Francis O'Neill. I thought if I was going to write about him I had to understand the music and the best way to understand it was to learn to play it. Learned to love it and loved to learn it. more…

  • Re: Boehm Flute Demo

    I would only say that the demo Ailin posted did not convince me that ITM can be played well on the Boehm flute, at least not the way I want to play it or hear it. Damien Rogeau's version is much closer and has some nice "honk." more…

  • Re: Vaccine Passports for Session Pubs…

    My response to this has been to stop taking a flute to sessions, since its probably the worst offender in terms of aerosolizing covid, and you can't really wear an effective mask and play, despite those little flute mask people have come up with. more…

  • Re: Casey Burns - I’m checking in with the Traditional Flute Community

    Good luck with this project--looking forward to the results more…

  • Re: Creeping elitification

    Any time you are arguing that authenticity only lives in certain kinds of people, you're being an elitist: you're setting up an elite group and finding people who aren't part of that group wanting. The elite of players could be poor farmers in Kerry, or i... more…

  • Re: Revisiting Boehm Flute For Irish Trad

    I've always wondered why the flute is prominent in ITM and not in other contemporaneous traditions. You would expect the whole narrative of "upper class types giving the SS flutes to the servants" would be present in other countries. But flute does not pl... more…

  • Re: Revisiting Boehm Flute For Irish Trad

    People make it work, for sure. Great examples. more…

  • Re: Old Irish Albums on the Internet Archive

    The initial point of copyright was insuring that individuals were rewarded for their labor. At the tine the US was founded the tern was 14 years. Then in around 1820 it was extended to 14 years, renewable for a second 14 years. The terms shifted when the... more…

  • Re: Old Irish Albums on the Internet Archive

    Kirill sure, and proquest deserves to profit from the effort of digitization. But they charge my university 100s of thousands of dollars a year for access to their databases, so they are already profiting, and handsomely. Why should they be able to charge... more…