johnkerr’s one hundred and seventy-four comments

  • Re: Are there actually any folk songs about Guinness?

    Since when is it a redundancy to post additional information that was not included in the original comment? more…

  • Re: Are there actually any folk songs about Guinness?

    Christy Moore, Delirium Tremens more…

  • Having just now finished listening to this new recording for the very first time, I'm afraid I must report that even though it does contain several songs, it nevertheless fails to answer the age old question "Do you sing?" Otherwise, though, eminently wor... more…

  • Pretty much since the beginning of Altan, Daithi Sproule has been their guitarist for North American gigs and Mark Kelly has filled that role for European gigs. This is because Daithi has lived for all those years in America while Mark lives in Ireland. T... more…

  • Re: Trian

    The first Trian album was on Flying Fish Records, and was notable in that it was probably the only Irish music in their entire catalog. Flying Fish ultimately got bought by Rounder Records, and a search of Rounder's current website shows that the Trian re... more…

  • Re: Daft quotes from sessions and beyond ~

    We'd been holding a weekly session in a pub for going on two years. At the end of the session one day, the publican says to the session leader (who he'd been paying for two years to run a session) "You guys have been practicing for two years. When are you... more…

  • Re: Looking for a traditional fiddle teacher in Northern Virginia, USA … any leads?

    John Knowles and his wife Sharon (a Scottish harp player / teacher) moved up to the Gettysburg PA area a couple of years ago when he retired from the Navy. That's a couple hours drive away from DC. I believe Sharon may still come down to the DC area perio... more…

  • Re: Looking for a traditional fiddle teacher in Northern Virginia, USA … any leads?

    Mitch Fanning is a classically trained violinist who has made the transtion to playing Irish traditional fiddle, having studied with Brendan Mulvihill among others. Mitch now teaches Irish fiddle and classical violin extensively in the Washington DC area,... more…

  • Re: Cultural/Political Correctness Question Related to a Particular Tune

    Just as there are not all that many commercial recordings of the Star-Spangled Banner, I doubt that there are a lot of studio recordings of the Irish anthem either. But Frankie Gavin and Joe Derrane included it on their album "Ireland's Harvest : A Tribut... more…

  • Re: Cultural/Political Correctness Question Related to a Particular Tune

    The Soldier's Song is not just a tune, it's the national anthem of the Republic of Ireland. In other words, it has the same status in Ireland as the Star Spangled Banner has in the US or God Save the Queen has in the UK. When it's played, the proper proto... more…