Rick May’s two thousand, one hundred and thirty-three comments

  • Re: Traditional Irish Music

    It was a slippery slope, for me. I wanted to make the music that my peers liked (Beatles, et al) but the only instrument I could sort of play was the violin, thanks to a couple years of school orchestra. Then Ian Anderson showed me that you could rock out... more…

  • Re: Twenty years of thesession.org!

    Thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you (x a million), Jeremy. more…

  • Re: Shenanigans Irish Pub

    Even more sadly, this pub is now "permanently closed" per their Facebook page. more…

  • Re: Shenanigans Irish Pub

    Sadly, it looks like we will be taking a break for a while, due to coronavirus concerns. We hope to resume soon. more…

  • Re: ITM tattoos

    Not tempted, myself, but I once worked with a guy who had a tattoo of a harp on his arm, copied from the Guinness label. The strings came out kind of blotchy, and he admitted to some regret over that. more…

  • Re: Shenanigans Irish Pub

    One minor correction: it's actually called "Shenanigans Pub and Grill," apparently. And founder Matt is on indefinite hiatus at the moment, but the session bravely carries on. (Just in case there are any exaggerated reports of its demise....) more…

  • Re: in defense of midi files

    From the OP: Huh. As I dimly recall, this conversation starter was originally intended to be a bit like Swift's "A Modest Proposal"--you know, just playing Devil's Advocate. Not a serious "defense." But with a touch of, "Let's be nice to the newcomers, wh... more…

  • Re: FIDDLE - Bowing trip-ups, need some direction and questions answered

    Somebody (okay, it was me) once complained to Kevin Burke that a fiddle bow is miserable tool to make rhythm with--compared to, say, a plectrum or drumstick. He looked a bit puzzled, and said, "The rhythm is in the notes." more…

  • Re: Do you have any recordings of your local sessions I could listen to?

    Are you familiar with the Foinn Sessions? more…

  • Re: Tinderbox Coffee House

    Session cancelled. It was fun, a couple of times--but too just far off the beaten path, apparently. more…