Nick Spencer’s sixty-three comments

  • Re: The Bodhran again………

    The original post was based around three ideas: great bodhran players; playing the drum only; playing the drum and another instrument; and the question was as to whether or not playing another instrument hampered the bodhranist on his road to greatness: "... more…

  • Re: ITM - Whats the story

    There is always this danger: the punter who is humoured in his request for the parting glass next puts in his request for the one-eyed reilly, following up with demands for i'll tell me ma and the wild rover. Other punters feel entitled to have their requ... more…

  • Re: The Bodhran again………

    Sorry, that was a bit of a wind-up. I don't really want to bring spoons into it. more…

  • Re: The Bodhran again………

    Spoons can be worse than bodhrans.... more…

  • Re: You are not Louis XIV…..you are the imposteur!

    There is no doubt the fiddle sounds different in the flat keys. I suspect that, in Bb, the open D can resonate with the Bb on the A string in the interval of an augmented 5th, or, if you like, a Bb on the G string resonates with the open D in the interval... more…

  • Re: Isn’t this just wonderful?

    sounds like that going into the tune second time round, the 4 bars at the beginning of the A part are different, then you have the second 4 bars as normal to complete the first pass at the A part (second time through the tune), then you have the A part re... more…

  • Re: The Bodhran again………

    The late Johnny Claydon of Whitley Bay was a superb bodhran player, so much so that everyone was delighted when he came to a session, and we all waited eagerly for him to play. The great thing was, he would sit through set after set with the bodhrans on h... more…

  • Re: You are not Louis XIV…..you are the imposteur!

    i have just, for the second time, lost a tediously long and ponderously argued post into the ether. (Cheers all round). How does that happen? Am I doing something wrong? more…

  • Re: The Bodhran again………

    The bodhran can be a great instrument. But, because of the bad players, it has become by and large the butt of a lot of jokes and, as a result has lost some credibility. This is unfortunate because it may now be the case that anyone with the musical mind ... more…

  • Re: The Bodhran again………

    If the hoards are being unleashed, where can I get some? A bit of coin would come in handy. more…