Phil Heath’s fifteen comments

  • Re: The least popular tune on the site!

    A decent player can make any tune sound good. more…

  • Re: Recommended book: The Talent Code

    I shall assume that David Levine was not referring to me in his first paragraph, as I made it plain from the start that I was commenting on the shortcomings of many of the arguments put forward by previous posters - as indeed he does himself - not on the ... more…

  • Re: Recommended book: The Talent Code

    First an admission: I haven't read the book. But the arguments which its advocates put forward do not seem to distinguish between musicianship (virtuosity) and musicality. The former can obviouly (only) be acquired by hard work, but without the latter - w... more…

  • The “Marine”

    The Fiddler's Companion says the "Marine" is a version of the Scottish tune the "Braes of Argyll"; to me it sounds just like "I'll paddle my own canoe", a name which suggests a song somewhere along the line, perhaps to the tune of "Braes of Argyll". The "... more…

  • …. and before I forget …

    ... all these tunes have an underlying similarity to the Northumbrian "Redesdale (aka Underhand) Hornpipe", attributed to the 19th century Newcastle (tho' by birth Scottish) fiddler James Hill and popularised in modern times by the late Will Atkinson. more…

  • “Paddy Taylor’s”

    I heard this (or rather a much subtler and livelier version) played by the Rita Keane and Lucy Farr, who referred to it as a "fling". A recording of a version played by George Green, a traditional melodeon player from Little Downham in Cambridgeshire (Eng... more…

  • Old Man Dillon/Mug of Brown Ale

    Old Man Dillon (not Dylan) was the name of O'Neill's source; Mug of Brown Ale is the name used by Kerr (but under Irish JIgs, though in those days that was as a much a typological term as an attribution of origin). more…

  • I lost my love …

    This - in it's "Culcrevie" manifestation - is widely known as "I Iost my love and I care not", from the words of a Thomas Moore (I think) song which it was used for. more…

  • Gilderoy

    The alternative title of Gilderoy which you give is (Scots) Gaelic for "red-haired boy" - said to be Rob Roy McGregor. The Scottish original (?) which is often published as a reel (but sometimes played, and more effectively to my mind, as a slow hornpipe... more…

  • Boys of Ballycastle

    Jimmy Shand recorded a very similar (major-key) tune called "The cairdin' o't" at reel tempo, which Kevin Burke has also recorded. more…