chris stolz’s three hundred and forty-four comments

  • Re: Undo a bad impression? feat. Spoons (I know, eww)

    The best percussionists in Irish music are basically inaudible. Your job is to add a quiet thrum behind the music. Generally, if you can hear the percussion, it's too loud. Spoons IMO are an awful session instrument: loud, clackety and basically unnecess... more…

  • Re: Paddy Fahey’s

    Classic Fahy: the out-of-place repetition of one phrase makes this tune. more…

  • Re: What new trad album releases are you looking forward to this year?

    ^ I dunno ^ but would be great. My faves. No backing instruments and no drums = AHHHH more…

  • Re: What new trad album releases are you looking forward to this year?

    That fiddler-piper combo-- Mick O'brien and ___? Those guys are the cream of the crop and it's been a bit since Deadly Buzz. Come on gents... more…

  • Re: Lost In The Loop

    It's D dorian with a couple of F#s thrown in cos Liz lives in the USA and no Irish fiddler in the US is immune to the bluegrass & Appalachian f**k-with-the-thirds thing (Kevin Burke I'm lookin at you) 😉 more…

  • PSA: YouTube

    In case ppl didn't know (I just learned this last week): YouTube vids can be slowed to 50% or 75% of normal speed *without lowering the pitch*! This is an amazing tool for acquiring tunes for several reasons: more…

  • Re: Last Night’s Fun

    my fave ITM story of all time is in that book: more…

  • Re: The ever-elusive Jig rhythm

    There isn’t *a* jig rhythm— there are a lot of variations. I would find one tune uou like and listen to a bunch of diff pl playing it. more…

  • Re: Early American scene

    O'Neill apparently used his zillion community connections to find Irish musicians to collect tunes. He was the top cop in Chicago, whose turn of the century police force had a lot of Irish in it. The Irish (like every other immigrant group) maintained c... more…

  • Re: Oak Tree Tavern

    ^ most sessions have good reasons for not being open. These sometimes include keeping jammers out, or maintaining a level of musical quality, or not enough room, etc. more…