bigfish’s thirty-one comments

  • Re: Scottish Fiddle Music ~ help widen my perspective, please?

    Where to start - John McCusker, Marie Fielding, Celine Donoghue, Catriona Macdonald (if you don't have her CD Bold, buy it), Angus Grant Jnr, Jennifer Wrigley and Gordon Gunn. I could go on. These are all worth a listen and they are all very different ... more…

  • Re: Even more ways to ruin a session

    How about Fields of Athenry, played trash-metal-acoustic style on a badly tuned guitar with an equally badly tuned voice. To make it worse the offender had hand painted his guitar a vivid green and wore a flamboyant and highly colourful set of clothes so... more…

  • Re: Not easy being green…

    I have an African blackwood flute, a rose wood flute, a boxwood flute, a nickel-silver flute, several brass and aluminum whistles, a derlin (plastic) flute and two nylon-ish type bags to carry them around. My car does 35mpg and I drive up to 50 miles for... more…

  • Re: A B C To the bag of spuds

    Really good slowing down software is The Amazing Slowdowner. From www.ronimusic.com/ more…

  • Re: Top Trad Whistle CDs

    Laurence Nugent - fantastic. His early CD "Traditional Irish Music on flute and whistle" has possibly the worst cover ever, but the CD is great. All his CDs are great. Joanie Madden - Whsitle on the Wind. Mary Bergin Feadoga Stain 2 is OK as well. Try ... more…

  • Re: just back from regional fleadh

    Do the judges penalise you when you play Scottish tunes? Cos you know there are dozens out there pretending not to be. more…

  • Re: How do you politely stop someone ruining a session?

    Christ (can I say that) what a cliquey lot some of you are. Please don't come to my Session. We've had it ruined by long in the tooth talented old bigots in the past. Also by the odd hogger - knows a 25 minute set of reels and won't stop. With these fol... more…

  • Re: Sore thumb????

    Yesterday I ran into a bar. Unfortunately it was not the sort that sells Guinness, but a metal one intended to avoid collisions around a doorway. At the last second I saw this thing and grabbed it, probably avoiding serious chest injury. This morning I ... more…

  • Re: "When you’ve been playing this music as long as me……….."

    Mind if I join in? It is interesting to see just how often these discussions include references to the ability to play. Does anyone know how to measure that? Is it faultless technique, note perfect playing, performance style or repertoire? Is it pitchin... more…

  • Re: Boehm-system flute in Irish trad research

    That was a really pompous response. Not "truely into it" Come on. Perhaps they didn't have hundreds of £ to spend. I agree with the ornaments bit - they don't work well on the Boehm - but them there are plenty of good trad players that use ornaments spar... more…