David50’s five thousand, nine hundred and fifty-nine comments

  • Re: Overlap between the Irish session, and Jacques Ellul’s concept of "technique"

    "... he’s not that relevant to the performance of weird little niche hobbies". But is the existence, in modern times, of "weird little niche hobbies" relevant to his ideas? The Irish session, as suggested in the OP, being just one. more…

  • Re: Is it me or are hornpipes unexpectedly difficult to play?

    Given the esteemed musicians in first two examples given I had felt some trepidation is saying I would prefer to hear the Japanese hornpipe played differently, and in any case was not sure how to describe it. more…

  • Re: Rockin’

    Nice clips thanks but they were both from a few years ago. Great players, great music but, for example, Breabach then became very keen on electronic effects as part of their 'best live band' persona. more…

  • Re: Costumes in Step Dancing Competitions

    "Waaay before Riverdance and looking and sounding like they do now." (Ailin) I had been wondering about that and the comments about Riverdance above. Isn't the competition-style dancing one of the things that went into the mix that made Riverdance rather ... more…

  • Re: Costumes in Step Dancing Competitions

    Most folk dancers round the world seem to wear a costume either based on some form of rural workers clothing, or archaic formal dress, or the sort of national or regional costume that people may get married in. The dancers in Tony O'Rourke's clip are dres... more…

  • Re: Flute albums - Barry Kerr and Calum Stewart

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Early-Wood-Calum-Stewart/dp/B0016Y9Q72 more…

  • Re: Slur or Not?

    Something relevant here may be that some cultures are not familiar with 'slagging' in the sense of good-natured teasing, banter or the exchange of friendly insults. Probably something best avoided unless very sure of the context. However its a situation w... more…

  • Re: Slur or Not?

    I know where the term came from but was it derogatory or just a collective nickname? Similarly the Paddies (? spelling) who were in the smoke or on the railway. more…

  • Re: Slur or Not?

    I think of it as one of those terms (like Jock, Limey, Frog) that isn't usually intended to be derogatory** when talking about a group in their absence but is offensive when applied to an individual because it implies the speaker has some stereotype in mi... more…

  • Re: 2/4 Reels

    Hmm. Is the foot-tapping in the first one a give-away or an attempt to confuse us? My 'test' was going to be how I wanted to tap. more…