croi’s seven comments

  • Re: instrument nightmares

    So true, oldstrings! more…

  • Re: Session wreckers

    You're probably being nagged to play a different tune every once in a while! more…

  • Re: Session wreckers

    When I play new and obscure tunes with friends at sessions, I always come armed with the knowledge of where they can find the tune (e.g. Fakebook, O'Neill's, Recordings, The Session...&c.). That way, if anyone has an interest in joining in at a future dat... more…

  • Re: instrument nightmares

    Paganini, a great violinist of the 19th century, used to file his violin strings down to the breaking point with a metal file. As he was playing he would draw his bow where he had filed the string and it would snap, hitting his cheek, and drawing blood. H... more…

  • Re: Even more ways to ruin a session

    I was at a session once and after every set some stout fella in the audience would ask if we knew Danny Boy. Personally, I don't care for it and steered the music elsewhere. He finally said, "Surely ye know it. It goes like this...&c." I had no choice but... more…

  • Earliest reference???

    Does anyone know the earliest reference to this tune? There is a Harvest Home that appears from the 1690s to the 1750s, but it's not this tune (Simpson, Claude M. "The British Broadside Ballad..." [1966; Rutgers, New Brunswick] pp. 289-90.) I'm looking t... more…

  • Concerning the Story

    I heard this story years ago, but also not as two fiddlers...but pipers; one of those pipers was the famous 18th-century Irish piper Jackson, who played in contest through the night against another piper. As sunrise approached, Jackson ran out of tunes an... more…