nick b’s two hundred and five comments

  • Re: bass in a session

    There was a great track on the first Slainte Mhath album with a bass playing the melody line all the way through. It was a great piece of playing but I imagine it would be exhausting if you had to keep it up due to the stretch. Unless you have hands like ... more…

  • Re: Paddy Glackin’s trip to Dingle

    Wow, that pretty much how I remember it - amazing! more…

  • Re: Paddy Glackin’s trip to Dingle

    I am pretty sure it must have been a jig as it was played in a set with Apples in Winter, so I don't think the polka can be right (although given that this is Liz Carroll we are talking about anything is possible - for her at least!) more…

  • Paddy Glackin’s trip to Dingle

    I went to see Liz Carroll and John Doyle at the Hammersmith Irish centre at the weekend and mighty fine they were too. Anyway, one of the tunes they played was Paddy Glackin's trip to Dingle, I have had a look at the tune index and there is a tune there d... more…

  • Re: Greek Banjo

    I know that is says on the intro 1935, but colour film was pretty damn rare at that time and I wonder if it would really have been used filming this. Mind you I know nothing about Greek music and am prepared to stand corrected that she really was a 30's p... more…

  • Re: another banjo setup question

    Then that should be OK - I use very similar weights on all my vintage vegas with no ill effects more…

  • Re: another banjo setup question

    I would have thought that 44 - 14 on a 19 fret neck is pretty heavy, I would be a bit nervous using that on a vintage neck, on a modern neck with truss rod etc might be less of a risk. Although i should add that is just my opinion and not backed up with ... more…

  • Re: Mandolin (or banjo) string characteristics

    I like the thunk of phosphor bronze strings on all my tenor banjos and have not noticed big problems with corrosion, breakages or fret wear. I use Newtone strings which are mighty fine IMHO. more…

  • Plain of jars

    Does anyone know where one can buy a copy of Brian Kelly's new album the Plain of Jars? I have looked at Amazon, Custy's etc but keep drawing a blank...... more…

  • Re: Longest piece

    Black Jock, must be 15 parts or something ridiculous more…