David Levine’s one thousand, nine hundred and fifty-six comments

  • Re: Bass buttons

    Jim, I sent you a message. It's pretty much as you remember it. more…

  • Re: Bass buttons

    I do remember the flap being discussed on RTE, years ago, as Jim says. Jim, do you remember the flap about Alec Finn? That was just as ridiculous. more…

  • Re: Bass buttons

    Just a couple of comments. The "unfortunate young lady" is a very accomplished and well respected box player. If she said Seamus was out of tune, he probably was. He has insulted other notable players, bringing discredit entirely to himself. more…

  • Re: Bass buttons

    Not that I agree with him, but Seamus Tansey said that the "left fingers touching the basses are like milking the tits on a bull, which have no substance to the music whatsoever..." I don't know if this referred to all box players or just to those who use... more…

  • Re: Is ITM Insular?

    What the Elf said: "...if we opened up to ‘whatever’ we wouldn’t have an Irish session for very long." OT/Scottish/Quebecois, et. al., musicians can play an Irish tune but it won't be Irish music. Few of us in the USA have had the opportunity of bui... more…

  • Re: “Free Reed” players - suggestions needed please

    Johnny Hehir from Miltown Malbay. And Josie Marsh's husband, Mock Kinsella. Johnny is a lovely man and one of my favorite mouthies to play with. more…

  • Re: Australian Friends

    Gobby-- very well said. I appreciate your comments very much. My pal Chris Ghent, concertina maker, is very calm despite the imminent threat to his house. more…

  • Re: Removal of bad settings of a tune?

    I like finding tunes on thesession. Often they are helpful. more…

  • Re: Recommended tunes within my remit but not universally contemptuous like ‘irish washerwoman’?

    I never heard it referred to as "a tune written for an English play mocking the Irish..." Have you a date? That gives a lot of credit to the English (sorry Jeremy) and covers a pretty wide field. more…

  • Re: The Irish Washerwoman

    Breandan Breathnach doesn't know everything (almost, though). One old title is The Irish Waterman. Another is The Stool of Repentance. And the ur-text might be The Waddling Gander: https://thesession.org/tunes/3225 more…