Elspeth Grant’s fifteen comments

  • Re: What’s your practice regime like?

    I've been playing the whistle for more years than I care to admit. I don't have a regimen but I do try to play everyday. Usually I play along with music on Spotify or CDs or along with the backup tracks from the Online Academy of Irish Music https://www.o... more…

  • Re: Piano accordion in Irish music - had never heard this one

    Mirella Murray ain't too shabby more…

  • Re: Frankie Gavin Cancer Fund - Less Than Half Way

    Thanks for the notification and I will donate! The 'fame factory' comment was unwarranted and unnecessary. I have both facilitated and participated in go fund me campaigns that raised thousands of dollars for deserving individuals and groups who, like Fr... more…

  • Re: How’s my playing?

    Kellie, your rendition of Green Mountain is lovely, and quite accomplished for 6 years in, I'd say, in my humble experience as an advanced whistle player of 25+ years. You have a very good command of ornamentation and use them effectively in highlighting ... more…

  • Re: Tune to Touch the Soul

    The Waves of Kilkee by Joanie Madden (on Cherish the Ladies' album "At Home"). I was at a retreat once where Joanie gave an 'informance' about her music, and someone mentioned this tune (which she said was composed at Kilkee after a horrible, turbulent fl... more…

  • Re: 2021 on thesession.org

    The Session has been absolutely critical to my sanity during these long spells of isolation and uncertainty. I have spent many happy hours acquiring new resources and learning tons of tunes, toggling back and forth between here and Spotify. Many thanks t... more…

  • Re: Any suggestions for books on Irish music? Christmas is coming

    By the way, if you haven't read "Last Night's Fun, there is a free copy on the Internet Archive, link below more…

  • Re: Jackie Daly melodeon?

    In South Louisiana this type of melodeon or diatonic button accordion is called a Cajun accordion, essential to traditional Cajun and zydeco music. Hohners are still played but are pretty rare, I think, as there are a number of builders in Louisiana and T... more…

  • Re: Any suggestions for books on Irish music? Christmas is coming

    "Flowing Tides: History and Memory in an Irish Soundscape" by Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin. This book focuses on the musical traditions of County Clare and features performers like Sharon Shannon, Maura O'Connell, Geraldine Cotter, Martin Hayes, John Lynch ... more…

  • Re: O’Flaherty’s Irish Music Retreat

    I attend the O'Flaherty Irish Music Retreat nine times over the years - a really great experience that advanced my whistle playing considerably and introduced me to many artists and fellow retreat-goers. more…