rae_rae_racer’s twenty-six comments

  • Re: Newfie Music

    correction to above--*now living in VT more…

  • Re: Newfie Music

    Keith Murphy (from St. John, NFLD, not living in VT) released a solo album last year called Bound for Canaan. It's of all traditional songs, many from his native Newfoundland. His band, Nightingale, also plays many songs and tunes from there. They have a ... more…

  • Re: tenor banjo question

    Thank you all for your input. I'll stop by Maple Leaf Music the next time I'm in Brattleboro and try some instruments. It sounds like 17 fret Gold Tones may be the route to take at this point. Thanks! more…

  • tenor banjo question

    I'm a mandolin player and am toying with the idea of getting a tenor banjo. As I understand, it's common in Irish music to tune them like a mandolin (down an octave). I'm wondering if anybody has recommendations for a decent instrument at a decent price. ... more…

  • Re: Who is the best accordion folk player ?

    Jeremiah McLane is good. He plays with the Vermont trio Nightingale. He plays Irish, French Canadian, Old Time, New England, etc. more…

  • Re: Piano Backing?

    Check out Peter Barns' book Interview With a Vamper. He covers a lot of different styles in a very learnable fashion. more…

  • I know this tune as Boda waltz. It's in one of the Waltz Books. Although it's the same key signature, I've always heard this played in Em, at least for the first part. more…

  • This tune can be found with lots of other great tunes in Keith Murphy's tunebook that came out a few years ago, Black Isle Music. Also, Nightingale has a new web page as of a few weeks ago, www.nightingalevt.org. Check out the tunebook for some really uni... more…

  • This is a fabulous tune. I learned it last summer from fiddler Becky Tracy. She knows it as Return TO Camden Town too. more…

  • Re: DADGAD tuning problems

    I also play in DADGAD. I had this same problem until this past summer. I got the action lowered just slightly and so far haven't had any problems since! But you might want to try a new set of strings before you go through the trouble of lowering your acti... more…