P.J. Martens’s thirteen comments

  • Re: Old style O’Carolan

    Thanks for your contributions. Harp is one area of Irish music I didn't know too much about. more…

  • Old style O’Carolan

    Does anyone know of any Irish recording artists (on any instrument) that specialize in playing O'Carolan the way it might have been played when he was alive(1670-1738)? I was curious what the tempo and phrasing might have been like from that time period i... more…

  • Re: Recording Devices at Sessions

    I don't really know why anyone would want to record me anyway to learn tunes. 99% of what I play has already been recorded professionally by better fiddlers than myself. more…

  • Recording Devices at Sessions

    I attended a session that I haven't been to in a few years and had a great time playing tunes and catching up with friends and telling stories about people and places I've experiences over the last few years. Then towards the end of the night I spotted a ... more…

  • Re: Spirit of Sessions

    One other quick point, if you have a session that is exclusive, cold, and unfriendly to new people and you feel you have to hold back the tide of less respectful enthusiastic musicians then stop confusing people by saying that it's open to the public. Fin... more…

  • Re: Spirit of Sessions

    Just to clarify, while I was in Ireland I didn't get caught in any tourist trap sessions where the musicians are paid to be nice to you. more…

  • Re: Spirit of Sessions

    I play fiddle and have been playing sessions all over the Midwest (USA) for more than a decade, and I have never played at what I would call a "friendly" session here in the USA. Once you get to know some of the players they might be more or less friendly... more…

  • Re: Sligo fiddle book by David Lyth

    Thanks for everyone's input. I've been going back and listening to the the old New York/Sligo recordings lately, and have had fun trying to figure out what they're doing. I'll be trying to rework some those bowing patterns from the book. Maybe, with some ... more…

  • Sligo fiddle book by David Lyth

    Anyone familiar with an out of print book on Sligo fiddle technique by David Lyth? The book describes the style of Coleman, Morrison, and Killoran and has the bowing patterns notated for a few tunes. According to the book the recordings were slowed down a... more…

  • Roisin Dubh

    I was there for the Tuesday session. Players and patrons are very welcoming. The pub has a small town feel, and I got the impression that everyone there was from the nearby area. If your interested in local music history be sure to talk to owner Ted McGo... more…