mistercliff’s twenty-seven comments

  • This is a fun session to go to. I was impressed at how encouraging the regulars are to invite new people in. Great session! more…

  • ITM in Korea

    So I just decided to accept a position teaching English in Daegu, South Korea and I'm wondering where the craic is there. Has anyone here at the Session been there and found sessions/good Irish pubs, etc? more…

  • Backpacker Mandolin

    I recently bought a Martin Backpacker Mandolin for my trips abroad. Despite its weaker tone, the small size and portability of the instrument suits my travels well (I can always play my regular mando at home). more…

  • Re: Other genres ‘borrowing’ from ITM

    I think sometimes it's good. Look at Metallica's "Whiskey in the jar." Say what you like about that version compared to the traditional, but the reality is that it exposed a lot of people to Irish music that would have never listened to it in the first pl... more…

  • Re: What Key to get a wooden flute

    There's a guy at the Portland Saturday Market who makes excellent bamboo flutes. They all have six holes, so I can use the same fingerings as I do with my tin whistle. I noticed that they seem to take a lot more air than a whistle does, especially the one... more…

  • Re: ITM Podcasts.

    The podcasts I listen to routinely are Making Waves at http://www.podcastingnews.com/forum/links.php?func=show&id=6584 more…

  • Re: Portland, Oregon fiddle teacher?

    I would definitely check out Dan compton or anyone at Artichoke music. You might even check out their website or ask at the store if they know of anything going on. I've found them to be really friendly, and really enthusiastic for someone starting out. more…

  • Re: For traditional music lovers planning a first trip to Ireland.

    My first trip to Ireland was this last November. Galway was great, but it was a little too "touristy." Everywhere that advertised "traditional Irish music" or "traditional Irish food" seemed aimed just at the tourists and somehow that felt a little fake, ... more…

  • Re: Rebel Songs

    Rebel songs are like the Blues, it doesn't matter who sings them so long as the singer understands WHY they need to be sung. Then they'll come out proper. It's about the story that needs told, not about what your accent sounds like, or what your skin colo... more…

  • Nice tune

    I really enjoyed this. I was surprised it was an original tune, it has a very traditional feel to it, good job! more…