Howard Jones’s one hundred and sixteen comments

  • Re: Performing Rights Society- tune sets

    PRS has 66 registrations for "Tarbolton" or variants of that spelling. There is no way of knowing whether these are all the same tune. The few I've looked at have all been Trad/arr. There is nothing to stop anyone from registering their own arrangement ... more…

  • Re: Performing Rights Society- tune sets

    I'm not sure that's correct. In addition to composer's copyright, there is an entirely separate copyright in the musical performance on the CD itself, which is shared between the musicians and the publisher. In the UK, PPL grants licences to broadcast r... more…

  • Re: Creeping elitification

    I've never been to a session in Glasgow, but I've heard of similar experiences, and reports of similar in Newcastle with the students there. I wonder whether this reflects a failure by their tutors to instil in them ideas of session etiquette and behavio... more…

  • Re: Creeping elitification

    I know it's an unfashionable idea, but I want music to be elitist, just as I do sport. I prefer to listen to, and play alongside, good musicians rather than poor ones, and I want all musicians, at any and every level, to strive to get better. Of course I... more…

  • Re: Creeping elitification

    I find equally distasteful the anti-elitist idea that a folk musician should have no knowledge and understanding of music and rely on instinct and "tradition". It was something I clung to for a long time, probably because I had no musical education mysel... more…

  • Re: My personal manifesto: it’s not how many, and it’s not how fast.

    I couldn't put numbers on them, but there are tunes I know well enough to lead and to play unsupported even if no one joins in, and which I am happy to play to an audience in a concert situation. There are others I know well enough to start, but it's a r... more…

  • Re: Fuming. Landlords. ‘Sectarian’ songs.

    Kenny, Irish musical traditions are a difficult and sensitive area. Simply playing traditional tunes is one thing, but as we all know that some tunes and even more songs have political and sectarian connotations, which are not necessarily obvious from th... more…

  • Re: Fuming. Landlords. ‘Sectarian’ songs.

    Sometimes it's better simply to apologise, even if you think you're in the right, and even if (especially if) the other person is a miserable @rse. However you don't know all the circumstances he is facing, and if sectarian differences are an issue with ... more…

  • Re: Dance in NW England during first 1/2 of the 19th c. ?

    Step dancing was once widespread, and can still be found in places, East Anglia and Dartmoor in particular. In areas where clogs were commonly worn these had obvious percussive qualities, but in other areas ordinary shoes and boots were worn. There is no... more…

  • Re: Lancashire Tunes from the Industrial Revolution Era

    "Northern Frisk" by Jamie Knowles, Pat Knowles and Ian McGrady is a good source, if you can find a copy. more…