Bloomfield’s one hundred and fifty-six comments

  • ***stolen Pipes***

    I am reposting this message from Partrick D'Arcy: more…

  • Re: Playing music with passion

    What makes a musician's music sound passionate? Crisp triplets. more…

  • Re: Anyone know this jig?

    Isn't it fun, though? Got blank stares at the session... oh, well. Maybe they play it in Montana? more…

  • Anyone know this jig?

    The double jig is called Jim Conroy's jig on the Branch Line CD by Jack & Charlie Coen. Jim (and John) Conroy were East Galway flute payers who gave Jack Coen many of his tunes. I picked out this interesting Jig in G major (it is in a set with Lilting Ban... more…

  • Re: Effects of Alcohol (and other things) on your Performance at Sessions

    For me it's one to three pints per session. I like my beer when playing. Another thing, if you drink the bitter stuff, it makes your mouth dryer (I am trying to say this in a tasteful way), which is good because I don't want my whistle to clog halfway thr... more…

  • Jim Conroy’s Jig

    I got this tune off a wonderful, old-fashioned recording: The Branch Line by Jack and Charlie Coen (I posted it to the Recordings section). On The Branch Line, this jig is played solo by Jack Coen on flute, as the second tune in a set. The first tune, cal... more…

  • The Branch Line (1977)

    This is one of the old Topic records, reissued on CD by Green Linnet. The playing is pure and unaccompanied: concertina & flute in Jack Coen's living room in the Bronx. Jack and Charlie Coen were part of the scene around the New York Ceili Band in the 195... more…

  • Re: harmonizing

    I think double stops on the fiddle are like ornamentation, and they can be overdone easily. Otherwise, I don't think that harmonizing is like ornamentation: When you put in rolls or triplets or birls or whatever, you are enhancing the melody line. That is... more…

  • Re: Obit: Derek Bell

    http://www.rte.ie/news2/2002/1017/chieftains.html more…

  • Re: What’s your drink?

    I used to drink Guiness exclusively, but these days prefer Murphy's. There is also a terrific locally-brewed porter (Drayman's Porter). Wonderful stuff. When I just want a drink and not a meal, I'll have a Harp. more…