Larry Ayers’s one hundred and thirty-five comments

  • Re: Arizona

    I'm a fiddler living in Bisbee and for several years I was heavily involved in a predominantly Irish music session here in town, but the players splintered off into two bands which currently play gigs in the area. Oddly enough, considering that both Irish... more…

  • FS: Bacon and Day Special long-scale tenor banjo

    Due to hand and wrist problems I'm wanting to sell my B&D tenor banjo. It was built in the 1930s, I believe. The neck is mahogany as is most of the pot. The tuners are open-gear guitar tuners; a purist would want to replace them, but they are functional. ... more…

  • Re: MacArthur Road

    I really like Mikela Rayburn's suggestion above -- it makes for a great set of tunes. I'd never played Julia Delaney in E before, but it's easy and makes a good transition to MacArthur Road in E, on the fiddle, at least! more…

  • Re: Most Underrated Fiddle Player

    The very word "underrated" isn't too useful. The word conflates commercial popularity with a folk genre, an oil and water comparison. I imagine that players who reach a certain level of inspiration borne of years of competence don't care all that much abo... more…

  • Re: Uninteresting Tunes

    On the subject of the reel Lord Gordon: more…

  • Re: Uninteresting Tunes

    Great comments here on a perennial source of concern for anyone playing in a mixed-skills musical environment -- i.e., a session. I've been playing American old-time music more than Irish tunes lately, but the issues are the same. If I can't enjoy playing... more…

  • Re: Which is the best printed collection of tunes?

    I have and make use of Bulmer, O'Neill's, and others mentioned above, but three compact books I bought in Ennis years ago contain simple settings of many common session tunes. I certainly don't need transcriptions, just the bare bones of tunes commonly kn... more…

  • Re: Should I think about adding variations the second time round at this stage or not?

    One of my mentors in the art of subtle tune variation is John Carty. He retains the character of a tune but varies the rhythm and melody in such a way that he is still regarded, as far as I know, as a player within the tradition. A North American fiddler ... more…

  • Re: RIP Vincent Campbell

    There is a Russian web-site which offers mp3 downloads of old LPs, most from companies which have succumbed to the ravages of time. Years ago I downloaded an LP, one of Vincent Campbell's recordings. I was impressed (and still am) by Campbell's delicate t... more…

  • Re: Lost our session venue…. again….(sympathy and suggestions welcome)

    Kinda cruel, David! I've been involved in sessions for quite a few years and one of the benefits has been seeing tyros evolve into competent players. This does take patience, I admit. In any session there are players who have innate musicality and often j... more…