Matt Harris’s sixteen comments

  • Re: Pledge Part II

    I recently learned Small Hills of Offaly. I'm pretty sure it was written by Paddy O'Brien -- the younger, living one, that is. more…

  • Re: Isn’t this just wonderful?

    I think the tune is as Kenny transcribed in the tunes section - 3 parts, though the first part repeated only on the first time through. The second part is repeated each time and the third part is never repeated. This is the same setting as on John Kelly... more…

  • My copy of a copy of a copy of this recording includes the tunes listed here, along with 15 other tracks - mostly single tunes rather than sets. Some of these are Humours of Carrigaholt, Mickey Callaghan's Jig, Spike Island Lassies, Mary Brennan's Favori... more…

  • After listening again, both Kelly recordings I mentioned earlier end with an 8 bar third part the last time through. The first part and the last four bars of the third part are nearly identical, so it's difficult to tell if they are A: not repeating th... more…

  • Also known as Ceathru Cavan?

    This lovely tune was recorded as Caher Rua by John Kelly Sr. on his solo fiddle and concertina CD. It was also recorded on a 1977 television program by Kelly along with sons John Jr. and James. This latter version appears on the Come West Along the Road ... more…

  • Re: ‘Fiddlehead’!

    Sorry for posting that twice. more…

  • Re: ‘Fiddlehead’!

    While thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail I acquired the trail- name Fiddlehead. I was given this name more for my growing resemblance to the fern (hairy) than for my instrument of choice, which I reluctantly did without for 6 months. Growing resemblance... more…

  • Re: ‘Fiddlehead’!

    While thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail I acquired the trail- name Fiddlehead. I was given this name more for my growing resemblence to the fern (hairy) than my instrument of choice. Growing resemblence pun not intended. more…

  • Scartaglen

    On my copy of the Iron Man there is no jig called the Bank of Turf, but the final tune on the recording is a lovely reel also called Scarta Glen. It starts something like DFEF D2dB | cA(B)AG EFGE . more…

  • Re: Slacker applying to Irish universities

    You might want to contact Brendan Taaffe, who is currently in a Masters program in Irish Trad at the University in Limerick. He has an on-line journal in which he recently wrote of being bashed over the head with a bottle while walking home from the pub.... more…