Manitas de Merde’s forty-four comments

  • Re: RIP Mick Moloney

    A massive loss to Irish music everywhere but particularly over here in Thailand, where he was the cornerstone of all things pertaining to Irish traditional music. I have never met anyone who had such an incredible repertoire of tunes committed to memory, ... more…

  • Re: Christmas Eve

    A group called "Cherish the Ladies" plays a tune called "Christmas Eve" along with "The Road to Glountane". Would anyone know where the music can be found ? more…

  • Intro to The Derry Reel

    Sharon Shannon and others play a great tune before The Derry Reel called "Miss Thomson's Reel" but I can find no mention of it in this wonderful website :( which leads me to think that perhaps it goes by a different name. If anyone knows what this might ... more…

  • Re: Yellow Barber

    The nicest version I ever heard was by Allan Block of Southern New Hampshire, who gave it his impeccable flow and pure Old-Time style. more…

  • Re: Peter Abnett retires

    I ordered a 5-String banjo from Mr Abnett way back around 1964 when I was just starting to play and on the recommendation of Peggy Seeger. Alas the fretting was so far out up the neck that I ended up giving it away for free. The spacing between the 16th a... more…

  • Re: Highway To Kilkenny

    Sorry for being trifling and possibly pedantic here, but I tried playing it a few times and something was wrong. I don,t know anything about music, but I do know when it doesn,t sound right. Take the first setting of the tune, in the end of the second par... more…

  • Relevant to Irish Music

    This suggestion is aimed at fiddlers of Irish music who have had the misfortune to lose part of a left hand finger, in my case the most important one, half an inch off the left index finger, the all important pad, nail, you get the idea. Following up on a... more…

  • I,m NOT losing my hair !

    I see loads of very good fiddle players with the ends of their bows looking like a hair factory, but I have NEVER ever had a hair break while playing ! That,s been for about 35 yrs. Also never had a banjo string break while playing, and that,s been over 5... more…

  • Re: Prosthetic finger tip

    Thanks for all the very constructive comments, though at 75 I think I,m a bit old to switch to playing left handed ! Cag, I think I will try your suggestion first, and have located an outfit called Galaxy Guitars, who appear to specialize in what you sugg... more…

  • Prosthetic finger tip

    Does any fiddler out there have any experience or advice about prosthetic finger tips and their practical use for fiddling. Many years ago I cut off about half an inch off my left index finger (arguably the most important finger for fiddling) and have spe... more…