Charles Carolan’s seventy-four comments

  • Re: “Bonny” Prince Charlie’s flute for sale…………..? Aye, right……….

    Interesting. Is that some music written in staff notation on the foot joint? more…

  • Re: Straloch Lute Book

    "Rory Dall" simply means "Blind Rory" so there's no reason to think that the tune has any link to Ruaidhrí Dall Ó Catháin. Ruaidhrí Dall Ó Catháin did NOT compose the Derry Air, this is a French tune and not remotely in the style of an Irish music, ... more…

  • Re: Shell corrib oil and Comhaltas

    To hell with Comhaltas and to hell with Shell! Comhaltas are gombeens (just like the GAA) who are backing the annexation of Ireland's natural resources and the attacks on Irish citizens that take place in Mayo by Shell’s thugs, the gardai. Ireland will ... more…

  • Re: Thoughts on cocus wood flutes

    Martin Doyle has some comments on the relative acoustic properties of wood for flutes: more…

  • Dinny’s Trip To The Gaeltacht

    Dinny McLaughlin is a great fiddle-player and composer from Inishowen in Donegal, and that's where his band Aileach (named after the ancient kingdom in what is now county Donegal) was based. He's still going strong (in very fine form just last week at "Th... more…

  • Re: Transcribing an interesting tune?

    the mandolin part is also pretty tasty! more…

  • Re: Transcribing an interesting tune?

    Not a tune in fact, a tasty set of arpeggios on violin from a pop song: "Me and Us" by Punch Brothers. more…

  • Re: Who made this flute?

    Pakistani flutes are pure junk (endangered hardwoods made into junk!), if you buy it you're throwing your money away. If you buy this flute you'll quickly wish you hadn't. Some music shops in Dublin sell them to unsuspecting tourists, but it's impossible ... more…

  • Re: Pipers of the Trenches

    The pointlessness of the mass loss of life in WWI, and the complete re-writing of history by the winners already by 1919 (saying it wasn't all a giant waste of human life & saying it was noble or had some genuine worthwhile purpose), for the obvious reaso... more…

  • Re: Jazz

    I think that you kinda need to be a bit of theory junkie to play cool jazz. It doesn't seem to be as focused on demonstrating virtuosity and technique as bebop, and no jazz is easy, but it seems complex. more…