Sokol’s thirty-eight comments

  • Re: What is an Irish Flute in Irish?

    Thanks to all. Feadóg mhór it is! more…

  • What is an Irish Flute in Irish?

    I am learning Irish language, and I also play Irish music. I play the tin whistle - Feadóg stáin in Irish. I also play the Irish (wooden) flute. My dictionary says the word for this is feadóg mór, which just means big whistle. It seems to me that ... more…

  • Re: Have we logged all the ‘old’ traditional tunes…

    Great choice of videos to illustrate your point. A traditional reel with flute and fiddle is a bit like reading Beowulf in Old English - very soulful, all the roots exposed, but a bit of a struggle. The newer music is more like Beowulf in modern English... more…

  • Re: An Feochan

    I'd like a copy of An Feochan. ABC is fine. I use BarFly which converts ABC to dots. My email: more…

  • Re: Right wing folk songs

    Dare I raise my head again? What a great discussion. more…

  • Right wing folk songs

    Sitting around at a Celtic/Folk weekend, we got talking about all the folk songs with a political content. Work songs, protest songs etc all have a left-wing theme - oppression of the workers, abuse of the poor by the rich etc. We couldn't think of any r... more…

  • Re: Help with transcribing a tune?

    You can do it the mechanical way by loading it into some appropriate software (I use BarFly and find it is very good). However I find a the best way for me is a variation on the method posted by Greg the Piano Tuner. Learn the tune well enough to whistl... more…

  • Re: Sounds gone

    There are good things to be said about 8 inch heels - they do a good job of showing off a good bum. I suppose the same could be said about loafers. Different kind of bum though. more…

  • Re: sessions - an elusive beast

    Sessions have a lot of human dynamics. Dominating people can do either a lot of good or a lot of harm, especially is they bring along sound equipment. Sessions also tend to take on a character, maybe lots of guitars, maybe all too fast and dominated by ... more…

  • Re: Chapman Stick in Traditional Irish music

    I agree granama. In fact, it seems you could play ornaments in a way rather like playing them on a whistle. Tapping a string seems not too different from fingering a hole. Slides would be more difficult with frets, but some sticks are fretless, at leas... more…