StephenR’s forty-three comments

  • Re: NY Times article on Old Time sessions

    I would not take this article as an overall assessment of the state of Old Time music and jams. This was just one small jam in Missouri. I have played in both Irish sessions and old time jams for years. There are some similarities for sure, but they are d... more…

  • Re: The Cat In The Corner

    I was just curious abut the Martin Hayes version on Lonesome Touch. I noticed in the 2nd measure of the B part he flattens the F to an f-natural. Is that just a personal touch of his? It really adds a sweet touch to that transition. more…

  • I was just looking this tune up as Big Red because I was listening to a version from a more obscure CD by Sue Sternberg and Sam Bartlett called "Belting You with Reels". After having read the comments above it all makes perfect sense. Sue is a fabulous Ne... more…

  • Both are Tony Sullivan compositions

    I have a copy of Sully's Irish Music Book vol. 1 before me which is dated 1979 and says includes 33 original compositions. He places his name as composer of both The Butlers of Glen and The Roaring Barmaid. I keep seeing a lot of references above attribut... more…

  • Re: Helpful to some Learner’s ?

    Oops: the link: http://faculty.ivytech.edu/~bpfingst/ss/ss.html more…

  • Re: Helpful to some Learner’s ?

    Another Slow session site. The Toraigh is fine for beginners, but the Bloomington one has overall better quality playing which I think is more helpful. I think its important to hear what a roll, for example, should really sound like. more…

  • Sheet Music Links

    This may be common knowledge, but new to me anyway. If you want to create a PDF of multiple tunes with a link to YouTube videos of them being played here's what to do: more…

  • Re: Is there an interest in Canton, Ohio

    I could go for a session in the area if it can happen. I live in Kent and play flute. I used to play in the Cleveland area a bit, but not so much anymore since moving to Kent. more…

  • Re: Musical Resolutions for the New Year

    My resolution is to start playing regular again. I doodle with the same tunes on my bamboo flute for convenience, but serious practice on my wooden flute has been very rare these days. more…

  • Re: Tradition vs. Innovation

    Although I'm not crazy about some of the direction she takes the innovation part, I very much respect her as a player. I didn't have any problems with her intonation. I'm not a fiddler, but no matter. Some of the best fiddling I've ever heard strays far f... more…