cluaintarbh’s eighty-nine comments

  • Re: Ennis Trad Festival

    Money and boozing - thats all the Ennis weekend is about - my sentiments exactly. Has been this way for a long time. The local musicians that play there all year round remind me of puppets I'm afraid. There just to entice foreigners trying (some very ... more…

  • Re: Conversion to tonic sol-fa ?

    What a rigmarole! Thank God I only have to use my ears, and thank God they are 'mobile'. more…

  • Re: rick epping has been traveling with the dervishes anyone seen them

    Heard Mr Epping in Miltown Malbay in a few sessions and in my opinion he ruined the session with his rock and roll, brash harmonica playing. Not a patch on Pip and John Murphy from Carrick on Bannow. Now their playing is only sublime more…

  • Re: Low whistle - is it the new bodhran?

    The low whistle is a loathsome instrument. Don't know where it surfaced but I have a feeling a Dublin piper was responsible. more…

  • Re: Scahill/Broch new album

    Now thats my kind of music, nothing synthetic about that! Fantastic stuff, great rhythm, nice tempo. On my shopping list too more…

  • Re: Old Time Session …….. in Belfast?

    Had a late dinner in McHugh's in Belfast on Sunday of festival to strains of some 'old-timey' music, or what passes for it in Ireland I suppose. Would like to hear the real thing sometime. And they say ITM all sounds the same!! more…

  • Re: What sets are you learning?

    Knowing what sets to put together comes with experience! and a lot of listening to other people of course. There is not enough listening going on in Dublin sessions I fear. more…

  • Re: Hornpipe/reel…whats the difference

    Its simple really - listen and learn! I wouldn't know a meter from a demi, semi meter or whatever, but I sure do know difference between hornpipes and reels. You want to really know the difference? find a set dancing class and learn how to dance! You'... more…

  • Re: Heading to Dublin

    Hughes and Cobblestone run from 9.30 till 12.00 ish. You could also relax and go listen to some singing and Box maestro Tony McMahon in Cle Club. Starts about 9.30 and continues till about 1.00 a.m. ish more…

  • Re: Tony MacMahon

    You can also see the man himself live and in person in the Cle Club in Liberty Hall tonight. more…