southsider’s fifty-five comments

  • Re: air travel with whistles

    I regularly have to take the concertina out and play a tune to convince security staff it is a musical instrument and of no danger !! Last trip to Frankfurt, all the instruments in the group were scrutinised at length including bodhran, box, concertina, ... more…

  • Re: Tunes with interesting names

    And no one has mentined one of my favourites: 'Upstairs in a Tent'. more…

  • Re: Shoulder Difficulty with Concertina - Right knee V Left knee holding

    My teacher used say 'sit up straight with both feet flat on the floor'. I would also say experiment with how far out on your knee you can play the concertina. That will change the position of your hands and shoulders relative to the rest of your body. ... more…

  • Re: Quick question…

    No, the notesw lower than D can't be played on a flute either (unless it has keys for C# and C). Play the note an octave higher, or for songs, I would play the full phrase up an octave. It flows a bit better and the one or two lower notes don't sound out ... more…

  • Re: Irish Dancing

    A lot of children learn to pre recorded music - the right tune at the right speed. Change the tune and some of them will not be able to do their dance ( the tune tells them where to put their feet.) more…

  • Re: History of the Piano In ITM

    Ceilidh Bands would have originally played for dances in such places as village halls where there may not have been amplification. The piano's strength was that it could provide a rhythm and beat that could be heard by the dancers as they pounded the floo... more…

  • Re: Valentine’s day

    How about Lucky in Love. more…

  • Re: Tickets for Fleadh competitions?

    Entry to competitions at county, provincial and All-Ireland is pay on the day - there are no advance tickets. Many competitions will take place at the same time in different rooms. Your ticket (usually in the form of a wristband) allows you to visit any o... more…

  • Re: céilí house theme tune?

    Thats sounds like The Morning Dew, but I think it was used on other programmes, not Céilí House. more…

  • Re: céilí house theme tune?

    The most common starting tune would be George Whites more…