Tracie’s six hundred and fourteen comments

  • Re: Coming to America…

    Looking through your “Irish music” catalog, I see a lot of CDs easily available in the US. The small selection of traditional music is also easily available. more…

  • Re: Fiction/Novels that Feature Trad and/or Sessions

    I’m not much of a mystery reader, but it seemed to me that there should be some mysteries featuring Irish trad. Sure enough, a quick search uncovered Sheila Connolly’s An Early Wake. From the blurb: more…

  • Re: Fiction/Novels that Feature Trad and/or Sessions

    The Little Country by Charles de Lint. I’ve indexed the tunes, many of which are used as chapter titles, in the recordings section here. Other of his novels also feature or mention traditional music. more…

  • Re: Irish dance music pre 1800’s

    I love the Quadriga Consort’s jazz influenced arrangements. Some here would think it heresy and that’s okay, too. But very little of their music is pre-1800, Irish or otherwise. more…

  • Re: English folk songs. A bit out there but…

    Another vote for Scarborough Fair. It is the combination of traditional and pop most likely to be familiar to your professor and classmates. The Simon & Garfunkel version was a major hit. The album peaked at #4 on the Billboard 200. Dooo eeet. more…

  • Re: Crimes and murders

    McPherson’s Lament and Coleman’s March are both “they’re dragging me off to hang me” tunes. more…

  • Re: Dropping parts

    The Sweetheart Reel (Temple Hill) is sometimes played with three parts, sometimes two. I play two parts becaus the third part sounds an lot like one of the parts of Good Morning to Your Night Cap (either the first or second, depends not on how people play... more…

  • Re: Collaboration with a symphony

    I assume you’re looking for some selections that use Irish traditional tunes and are already published in symphonic arrangements, preferably tunes your band already knows or that are worth learning. (Good thing you have a year.) Such things exist, but ... more…

  • Re: Possible New Session in Williamsburg, VA?

    Hi, Mary! more…

  • Re: English or Irish Song???

    Since you said you were considering whether the song was appropriate for a competition, I went and looked at the rules. They were ... ambiguous. According to the rules for solo singing: more…