Steve Barnes’s seven comments

  • Re: Happy St George’s Day

    St. George's Day is also a provincial holiday in Newfoundland. Nobody does anything to recognize it, its just a long weekend. Apparantly, a number of years ago, the government of the day tried to get rid of the holiday for that reason. However Protestant... more…

  • Re: Practice Practice Practice

    Pardon my ignorance, but what in the jeepers is RSI? more…

  • Rose in the Heather

    The reason the 1st & 5th bar this tune is often played "F3 EFE" is that 2 octave instruments (ie whistle & pipes) have trouble with the low B. more…

  • Re: Looking for a tune

    Thanks alot! I knew the tune sounded familiar, and it was driving me nuts. Funny thing is, I tried learning the Wise Maid some time ago, but in D and with somewhat different settings from the Planxty version, and never made the connection! Just did a q... more…

  • Looking for a tune

    I'm looking for the music to the unnamed reel that Planxty plays with the Jolly Beggarman on their "black album" (preferably in ABC format). Anyone out there know where I can find it on the Web? more…

  • Cock o’the North

    This tune is very common in Newfoundland, where it is known as "Auntie Mary". It shows up in a number of old collections and recordings of Newfoundland traditional music, and therefore assumed by many here to be indigenous to Newfoundland. However, like... more…

  • Re: Favorite tunes

    I know its considered a hackneyed tune in many circles, but I find that the Mason's Apron is both a blast to play (on the whistle anyway) and a great sounding tune (when played well). When someone starts it up at a session, the "old hands" will often rol... more…