_Steph_’s two hundred and seventy-nine comments

  • And golly here I am, learning about this tune online, when I could have just asked my husband sitting several feet away for his version. more…

  • Re: Trad scene in Rochester, NY

    Mommy-hood has me sorely out of the loop, but the aforementioned website is certainly a good start. more…

  • Re: Anyone who knows of any lady instrument makers, put your hands up please!

    Ha yeah - I do go by Benson now. :-) more…

  • Re: El cheapo fiddle strings

    While I'm sadly due for a change, I've had the same set of Tonicas on my fiddle now for about a year and a half. No wear marks at all. more…

  • Re: El cheapo fiddle strings

    Yeah that Lenzer E is the sh*t isn't it? I'd like to strongly advise against the rest of the pack though. I got it once thinking, hey for a few bucks how bad can they really be? I found out the answer in a hurry. more…

  • Re: James Byrne R. I. P.

    I feel very fortunate to have met and played with him in Glencolmcille four years ago. I traveled there with two good friends of mine specifically to track him down on the advice of Jackie Small, and we were treated to two quiet lovely evenings of tunes... more…

  • Re: Fiddle Shop

    Ernst Kaeshammer in the very western part of Germany: more…

  • Re: kerry ornamentations

    I'll second what Georgi has said here - KLO is one of my favorites but I wouldn't prop that up as a textbook example of Kerry style music. I think of it more as having piping lineage (Ennis/Clancy). I have learned some of the Kerry bowing technique I ha... more…

  • Re: Tunes of the Munster Pipers.

    There are more than a few of those tunes that have gained some popularity here in the northeast, particularly among some of the pipers already mentioned. more…

  • Re: Common slides + sources

    Wow Dow, kudos to you and thanks for this (and the polka thread). more…