firefly’s twenty comments

  • Re: Worst recordings of famous classical musicians attempting to play irish music

    I think I note a bit of inferiority complex in the mocking tones of this discussion topic. more…

  • This version

    I note that there is another Niel Gow's Wife on file. However this version is very different. I got it from Peacock's Tunes, published by the Northumbrian Pipers Society, published in June 1980. I put it down as a hornpipe, because it seems so right to ... more…

  • Re: Guitolão. The baritone guitarra

    By the way, if anyone is interested in these things, it's pronounced: ghee...too...lown with the final 'n' silent. more…

  • Guitolão. The baritone guitarra

    Here's the reference for the baritone guitarra portuguesa I wrote about last week. They are busy trying to promote the instrument, and would probably welcome inquiries. more…

  • Re: Portuguese Guitar

    The tuning is, from top to bottom, B,A,E,B,A,D. It's very odd, but is intended for playing fadinhos (vamped folk tunes in A or D), or accompanying fado corrido (simple folk songs). As as a melodic accompaniment for fados, one tends to use the E string a ... more…

  • Portuguese Guitar

    Many years ago, there was a bit of interest in this instrument in irish traditional music. It is a 12 string, lute-shaped guitar, rather like a bazooki with a short neck. I have a venerable Gracio instrument myself, though I use it to play fadinhos, for ... more…

  • I found this in Breathnach Vol.2. It actually had no title, but since it was recorded from the playing of John Fennell of Co. Clair ( in 1960 ), I named it after him. more…

  • Source

    I found this in Breathnach Vol.2 He tells us that it comes from the playing of Tommy Hunt of Sligo. more…

  • Another version

    There's a lovely version of this gentle tune in Breathnach Vol.2 (p.250) more…

  • Re: Where to buy a good electro-acoustic mandolin in Dublin?

    Not really relevent, but I once bought a Framus electric mandolin. It was quite a heavy old thing, made in Germany I believe, but simply brilliant to play. Worth looking out for more…