quiet desperation’s twenty-two comments

  • Re: Did you get a chance to have some tunes on St Patrick’s Day?

    For sure. Good sesh in the Royal Exchange, Torrington, Devon- good old Neil stumped up free booze, we raised some goodly cash for a local girl paralysed in a truly horrendous accident last year, and a good time had by all. more…

  • Re: My dream trip… and tips

    The Bunratty in Schull for some moosik.... more…

  • Not a bad wee chune at all, so it is. more…

  • Eagle’s Whistle

    I learned this lovely tune over 30 years ago while at Uni from a Derry piper called Brian Stafford. I have always played it very slowly and it sounds wonderful that way. Please don't treat it like a standard slip-jig! more…

  • Ian Dickson

    I was privileged to know and love both Carolyn and her parents, and equally privileged to have been introduced to their many friends, including Tony Robb. more…

  • Obama’s in the White House

    So he is... but what in hell has all this to do with traditional music, pray? more…

  • Re: Ears or dots

    Interesting (but ultimately fruitless) discussion!! I was classically trained on the accordion, so dots were the norm. I then found trad, aged about 15, and culled a lot of tunes from dots, simply because it enabled me to get the bare bones of tunes a l... more…

  • Re: Buying tin-whistles in bulk.

    Try Tony Dixon in Bideford, North Devon. I have been playing his nickel D since he gave it to me as a freebie prototype and I can honestly say it is the best whistle I have ever had in 30 years. He's a local, small manufacturer, but his stuff is all ove... more…

  • Re: The Session Overhaul.

    As one of the longer playing members (if relatively new to the site itself), I could not say emphatically enough- leave well alone. It is user friendly, extraordinarily useful, simple to use, and easy on the eye. more…

  • Re: how many pints of stout

    Age reduces the tolerance for booze, as with so many other things. Prescription medication often makes for interesting variations- I recall camping at the top of Whitby many years ago and my back gave out big time. Could hardly walk (those familiar will... more…