Mackeagan’s one hundred and fifteen comments

  • Re: No better. No worse. Just awesome flutes. One tune. Many paths

    Emi Ferguson and Ruckus! more…

  • Re: Long live sessions!

    The locals here are mostly vaccinated and wearing masks. Live sessions just starting here and we were maskless until the covid numbers started climbing again. Yes, I'd say the enthusiasm is still strong, but people here are a bit cautious. more…

  • Re: Smart phone/Tunepal aided playing at a session

    Several people on our local zoom session have been doing this sort of thing for a while now. They're mostly skilled players and good sight-readers. Not so bad on zoom, I guess, but disruptive in a regular session, for all the above reasons. A lot of th... more…

  • Re: An Eala Bhan

    Not sure what the original is in this case. I've seen it listed in GHB notation in A in Irish pipe band collections. It sounds similar in some respects to the melody as played/sung by Julie Fowlis with the words in Scottish Gaelic, and I think her versi... more…

  • Re: Seven Stars

    Isn't there already a pub called "The Plough and Star(s)"?? more…

  • Re: KevinBurke Bow Size

    I can't speak for Kevin, but I have experimented a bit with smaller bows. I have a 3/4 that I bought for a student, who returned it when she left. It's a bit lighter than full-size, and not difficult to handle. I also have a 7/8 bow that came with an o... more…

  • Re: Irish and Scottish Airs with Piano Parts

    Kerr's had a couple Scottish Country Dance books for the piano, and an Irish one as well. Probably out-of-print but good if you can find one. I have a gross-job photocopy of one of Kerr's, and the arrangements are pretty basic, especially the left hand.... more…

  • Re: Tomorrow Is My Birthday.

    It's a problem. I put it right up there with the common complaint about "millennials" and our Rose Medallion Tea Sets. Seems like no one wants them. I've got a bunch of fiddles, some flutes, other instruments. None of the offspring/family has any inte... more…

  • Re: RIP Patrick Sky

    Wo! Sadness. more…

  • Re: Unnamed tune in Irish

    Gahn ehnnum. or try Gan N-M. This is one of those cases where Gaelic adds an extra syllable where there isn't one, I think. more…