billy finn’s sixty-one comments

  • Re: Low D Whistle Maintenance

    final comment from me! despite all the above advice, sometimes particularly bottom D and high D occasionally sounded `off`. now i blow really hard through the fipple, holding the opening gap on the fipple as you do on regular tin whistle....but much ... more…

  • Re: Low D Whistle Maintenance

    now, a problem that isn`t caused by matter in my low D Chieftain whistle...i sometimes play with friends in a cool centre....if it is fairly cold the D notes on the whistle don`t sound right....it must be the cold affecting the D low whistle as this rarel... more…

  • Re: Low D Whistle Maintenance

    think i`ve solved the hoarse/ fluffy sounding low whistle problem.........i read on this site that pushing cardboard through the fipple or place where you blow in to make the sound can help to clear it....i had soaked the instrument in water and washed ou... more…

  • Re: Low D Whistle Maintenance

    my low D chieftain whistle gets hoarse, faint and fluffy sounding after a lot of playing....i suspect it`s caused by fluid from my mouth getting trapped somewhere in the whistle. i can`t really get at the area just past the mouthpiece, although i do drag ... more…

  • Re: Slow airs in traditional Irish music sessions

    slow airs and songs are vital to break up sessions....ceoltoiri will play reels jigs hornpipes carolans barndances mazurkas highlands all night if let and bore the pants off everyone listening......that`s why country music has taken over...people want to ... more…

  • Re: Dever The Dancer

    so many tunes are on earlier chieftains albums...they were really such an influential group and ceoltoiri chualann....rarely acknowledged but always there. more…

  • Re: Carolan’s Farewell To Music

    Micheal o Suilleabhain plays it on piano and with an orchestra on the soundtrack of the TV film The Treaty starring Brendan Gleeson 1991...this is a most effective backing to such an important historical event and there are echoes of Sean O Riada in O Sui... more…

  • Re: Peggy On The Settle

    i`ve seen the merry harriers played as peggy on the settle....lovely turn into the second part. more…

  • Re: The Merry Harriers

    i have heard this reel called peggy on the settle but most commonly known as the merry harriers.....think peggy on the settle is actually a different tune. more…

  • Re: Videos of the early Galway session scene

    i`ve seen mickey finn described in the contribution by brian cechony here as being about 50 but looking older at a gig in galway....he died a few years later in 1987 aged 35! more…