benhockenberry’s four hundred and forty-two comments

  • Re: Awkward Tunes

    I've been making an effort over the last few years to overcome the elements that make a tune awkward on banjo -- string crossings, flat keys, and long fret stretches particularly. Some exercises that have helped are playing tunes, scales, and arpeggios en... more…

  • Re: Johnny’s Irish Pub

    Temporary location is Fairport's First Baptist Church, 92 south main st, Fairport NY. Still looking for a more lasting home. more…

  • Re: finding other musicians

    Looks like the Allied Arms in Reading might be your closest session. Description says still going and pretty beginner-friendly. more…

  • Re: Is it a sin to play a hornpipe as a reel?

    @Creadur: apologies for the exaggeration. :D There's a difference, but not as pronounced as it is in other settings like step dancing or many sessions, fair enough? more…

  • Re: Rules

    You play whistle, correct? There aren't really "rules" for cuts, taps, and slides, as different players approach cuts and taps in their own ways. You might want to check out Steve Jones' Tin Whistle pages at https://www.rogermillington.com/siamsa/brostev... more…

  • Re: Is it a sin to play a hornpipe as a reel?

    I like playing them both ways. Playing for sets, hornpipes are basically just reels with a different melodic structure. Glenside: https://youtu.be/xRJYQSM3-BY more…

  • Re: Johnny’s Irish Pub

    Sad to say that this long-running session will be hunting for a new venue this September, as the Pub is closing mid-month after 21 years. When a new venue is announced, one of us will link to it from this entry. more…

  • Jack Quinn’s

    7:00 every Thursday, usually led by John Michael Ryan and Nick Tiberio. more…

  • Re: Rip the Bellows

    I got it at Catskills Irish Arts Week. It looks like the link to order it via Ossian is dead -- I shot a message to Seagda. more…

  • Re: Rip the Bellows

    Fantastic young button accordion player from New York, accompanied on this debut solo CD by Kathleen Boyle, John Walsh, and Steve Wickham. The Windy Night, Condon's Roses, The Crippled Musician, and Fair Haired Tinkers are Shay's compositions. He plays a ... more…