NeilBarr’s one hundred and thirty-six comments

  • Origins

    Yes, written and recorded in 1977 by Pierre Perret. A recording of him with french and english lyrics here: more…

  • Didinata

    Andy Irvines version is a significant simplification of the original tune, written by Roumen Sirikov, the acknowledged founder of the modern Bulgarian Tamboura style. more…

  • Transcription revisited

    Its been quite a few years since I have logged in. Have followed the Balkan music path to the detriment of Celtic. After hundreds of transcriptions, I returned to this tune when I came across the Liberty Tapes on Youtube and decided it was time to fix up ... more…

  • Oy Avrom

    I believe this was a Yiddish theatre song called Oy, Avrom... or Hey Abraham in English. It is a love song by an older woman to her husband Abraham. It is quite a touching set of lyrics. To hear the song sung in its tradition, here is an early recording ... more…

  • Re: Blakan irish tunes

    OK. Seven years after the request. more…

  • Goose Cove

    Nice Strathspey of similar name. more…

  • Waynesboro

    Played this tune at two sessions on two consecutive nights. Well a session and a 'pick'. On the second night it dawned on me that Over teh Moor to Maggie and Waynesboro were basically the same tune. Here is the version of Waynesboro that jogged my memory.... more…

  • The version I heard at 'Bush Dances' in Australia. more…

  • Re: Irish vs. Scottish

    So about 5:15 one of the pipers ups and ask if they can play again because some of their people have to leave. So we told him.................... more…

  • Re: Strangest trad to non-trad (or vice versa) segue you’ve heard

    The Land of a Thousands Dances set byu one of the Battlefield Band incarnations was a crowd pleaser... Dashing White Sargeant to 'I get by with a little help from my friends' etc. more…