Stiamh’s one thousand, six hundred and twenty-eight comments

  • Re: A question about Box keys

    @Tom, I merely meant that I haven't heard stradella bass playing on Irish tunes that IMO did not detract from the music. I'd be delighted to be able to revise my opinion, you understand! more…

  • Re: A question about Box keys

    There is no point in having stradella basses unless you are going to use them, and when I hear people doing Irish trad and using their stradella basses I invariably wish they wouldn't! Good for an old-fashioned Scottish ceilidh band maybe, but I really do... more…

  • Re: A question about Box keys

    That's what a British concertina maker called George Jones thought when he introduced the C/C# melodeon in about 1880, I believe. A Scotsman called Peter Wyper got pretty good on the thing and at some point realized that you could do cooler stuff if you t... more…

  • Re: Whistling in A major

    What you want is a whistle in E - some makers do produce high E whistles (tone higher than a standard D whistle) and you can get low E whistles too. more…

  • Re: Writing ABC

    No doubt you understand all about dots, ceili, but your assertion above that there is a difference in the number of "dams" between DF~F2 and D~F3 show that your knowledge of the conventions of score notation is not matched by your knowledge of the convent... more…

  • Re: Kincora or cairdin

    A four-voice box is bound to be a little heavier and less "playable" than a three-voice. Few people choose a four-voice box these days. If you want a low voice, go for a three-voice LMM. Both makers offer them. more…

  • Re: Writing ABC

    « d~F3 = dam dadada and dF~F2 = dam-dam dadada » more…

  • Re: Writing ABC

    It depends on how you construe the "off-beat roll" sequence. Since you are a banjo player, I can see that having a dotted crotchet (F3, or G3) makes no sense considering how you are obliged to play the tune on your instrument. But for fiddle and wind play... more…

  • Re: Organizing your dance tunes

    It doesn't work like that at real Irish ceilis, Mr Ebor. Often there is no caller. And what is being talked about here are "sets" - quadrilles - the figures of which vary in length and most of the time do not last for multiples of 32 bars. They end when t... more…

  • Re: Organizing your dance tunes

    For sets, instead of worrying about bar counts, it's a lot easier to watch the dancers and stop when they've gone round the house. There are sets that don't end with a house-around, mind you. more…