Loughcurra’s two hundred and fifty-five comments

  • Re: Creeping elitification

    worth noting that the Limerick MA is in ‘Irish Traditional Music Performance’, which is not quite the same thing as taking a degree in trad music and probably more geared to developing professional performance skills than grounding in the tradition (w... more…

  • Re: Tuning C Natural on the Uilleann Pipes

    PS. try using fewer fingers so that it doesn’t tip into a C#, have you tried oxxxooo or oxxxoox more…

  • Re: Tuning C Natural on the Uilleann Pipes

    C is really a matter of preference on the pipes, and fairly easy to colour with the lower fingers to alter the pitch or shake it. Piping C is somewhere between C and C# (in equal tempered scale). That dissonance is really characteristic and sounds great i... more…

  • Re: Name of tune (again)

    Hanley’s Tweed (Paddy O’Brien) more…

  • Re: Is there a lighter keyless polymer flute than the M&E?

    If you’re going to continue with the flute you’ll get more value from changing your left hand grip. It’ll be awkward for a few weeks but you’ll be glad of it. more…

  • Re: 50 essential fiddle tunes for sessions

    The three Comhaltas session books (300+ well known tunes) focus mainly on the jigs and reels. more…

  • Re: Slowing down the audio?

    Try to learn it from a good performance recording rather than from MIDI, it will make a world of difference more…

  • Re: Folk and bass clef brass

    “I agree that it’s a great place to start with playing along and improvising some bass lines by ear.” more…

  • Post lockdown

    Wednesday sessions will resume outdoors/indoors as restrictions are lifted in April/May, but may be limited in numbers, check the Facebook page for details. more…

  • Re: Where/when to practice?

    I play flute, pipes and concertina, and live in a semi and practice (a lot) in an adjoining room. You just have to embrace it. It’s extremely unlikely anyone will be bothered and you’d be surprised how much it’s appreciated when heard from a distanc... more…