ross faison’s eight hundred and fifty-two comments

  • Tunes and songs fit for the music hall

    A couple of hours ago BanjoIreland asked for a tune name and I thought the tune had a kind of "vaudeville" feel to it. I like it. The tune reminds me of others like the Acrobat, Chaffpool Post, If We Had No Women in the World and songs like Charladies B... more…

  • Re: Tume name please

    A short trip down the comments leads us to My Dungannon Sweetheart. I like it too has a bit of a vaudeville feel to it. more…

  • Re: Rules

    Why yes, yes I do! more…

  • Re: Audience clap-along

    How dare an audience have an enthusiastically good time and ruin what could have been a life-changing performance. I'm outraged. more…

  • Re: Prosthetic finger tip

    Ryan Thompson (Captain Fiddle) was an accomplished fiddler long before he developed focal dystonia and relearned to play left-handed. Check out his website. Frank McCormack (sp?) is a wonderful banjo player easily at home playing right or left handed. I... more…

  • Re: Are traditional ballads still alive?

    Can't speak to the larger picture, my friends are thankful that I'm no singer, but here's a delightful experience. 5 years ago I was in Corofin at a delightful session on a Wednesday (thanks guys for including me). There was another on Saturday night s... more…

  • Re: Is it a sin to play a hornpipe as a reel?

    Someone in another recent thread defined a "proper hornpipe" as one that sucks when played as a reel. Personally I'd let that advice guide me. To me, hornpipes are lovely tunes and really don't need to be played any other way. As Creadure says play tun... more…

  • Re: Stomp boxes

    Still no use for stomp boxes, but a fan of modest toe-tapping if. and it's a big "if", it can be done in rhythm. That's not easy. As often mentioned for too many of us the foot follows the fingers. Thanks to christy taylor for mentioning Quebecois. I'... more…

  • Re: Banjo left hand fingering

    For me, it's fiddle fingering. I can easily reach C nat without shifting. I can only think if 2 tunes that reach any higher. Probably more, I just don't know them. more…

  • Re: left hand holding the flute

    Conal O'Grada didn't over-think the problem. All he said was that if it hurt you're working too hard. more…