jdicarlo’s two hundred and thirty-nine comments

  • Re: The Trip To Hervé’s

    Wasn't ever sure if Hervé was a person or a place. Went back to the source: more…

  • The Holly Bush - alternative A-part

    I learned this alternative A-part from Clare concertina player Flo Fahy. She says she learned it from Chris Droney's playing and names the tune Three Little Drummers. The extended range is easy on the concertina, maybe not-so-easy on other instruments. ... more…

  • The Moving Bog, X:5

    from Philip Duffy's version on the Mountain Road CD of South Sligo players. Note how he avoids the high f's (sharp or natural??) by going up to g in the first part. I love how the c#'s and c-nat's trade off in this tune. He follows it with a lovely ve... more…

  • Lovely Hurling

    This lovely tune was written by fiddler Roger Burridge. I learned it from a 90's recording of him in concert with the group Fourin a Feire in Kittery, ME. Roger was a New Hampshire transplant from England who played with Fairport Convention at one point... more…

  • Hanter Fisel

    A set of Breton tunes from the Fest Noz band Skeduz. They feel like gavottes. I'm not sure about the meaning of the title, except that possibly "hanter" refers to the fact that the B-part of third tune is only half as long as usual. more…

  • Reel Du Berchail

    The Burka Reel. A lovely crooked Quebec tune from Pascal Gemme - part of Genticorum's Suite de Minuit. I play it on an F whistle in E dorian. more…

  • Indeedin You Needn’t Bother

    Composed by Brenda Castles. Makes great use of the range of the concertina. more…

  • Gan Ainm

    Learned this twisty jig from a session recording at Kelly's Cellars in Belfast this summer. Does anyone have a name or story for it? more…

  • The Whistler Of Rosslea, X:11

    Being explicit about the c#'s and cnat's. This is what hear on Martin Hayes's recording of this tune, though I've shifted it up four steps from his key of C dorian. more…

  • 9th of July

    Just learned from a recording by the Queally sisters that this tune is a Sean Ryan composition called the 9th of July. Case closed. more…