zoukmike’s forty-nine comments

  • Re: Friday after work session

    The Press Room, in Portsmouth NH...not strictly ITM but lots of sing-along sea shantys and the like as well been going strong for 25 years more…

  • Re: Lion head scroll fiddle

    A friend of mine got one as a present from Brendan Mulvihill....he used to play it on a regular basis up to that point more…

  • Re: ABCs to dots

    I've used ABC2WIN. Use text editor to copy paste right into the program, you can paste multiple tunes in one file with titles and all other info....works for me! There is a small fee to get the program, but I'm very pleased with it and it's simple and str... more…

  • Cold Blow..

    So, when I wrote all this down, I separated the lead and harmony lines by scripting what each line was...apparently if I do this the notation won't print, so the first two lines are the intro melody; the first sung verse and chorus are acapella, then the ... more…

  • Cold Blow and The rainy night-Planxty’s Arrangement

    Grand little song...not sure if it was Christy Moore or Johnny Moynaghan (sp.) whom actually sang the lead....I've been singing this song for a few years now and finally talked the lads in the band to play the music to it...so I spent all night transposin... more…

  • Re: First use of the term "Session"?

    I remember when I was a wee lad, growing up in Peru, of all places, my parents used to host what was called "peñas", and basically they sat around drinking, singing and playing (mom on the piano and dad on the guitar....I found out later in life (after l... more…

  • Re: Bouzouki as a melody instrument

    I play a Fylde short-neck zouk (590mm) tuned GDAD and have no problems with tunes, even when switching to tenor Banjo or fiddle....it helps that I used to play tunes on the guitar before starting on the zouk....another thing I find helpful is to capo up t... more…

  • Re: Ennis Trad Festival

    Ceemnster, more…

  • Re: Concertina Instruction in New England

    Way to go Junior!....say, how hard would it be for a wee zouk player to pick up on that mini-typewriter of yours...just kidding...but like meemtp says, Chris is one hell of a concertina/box player (and he's also very-very tall)....you can hear some slive ... more…

  • Re: Best tuning for mandola(octave mandolin)

    I play a Fylde 23-1/2" scale bouzouki tuned GDAD...playing tunes is easy if you learn second position (being a former guitar player it w3as easy for me), I also use a capo quite a bit but rather use the capo than re-tune...good luck to you more…