wordridden’s twelve comments

  • Re: Traditional Irish Music

    The Strayaway Child by Jerry Read Smith (https://thesession.org/recordings/3512). more…

  • Memories Of East Clare, X:2

    I learned this setting of this lovely Damien Connolly tune from Siobhán Peoples during the online Willie Clancy summer school in 2021. more…

  • The Arra Mountains, X:8

    I learned this setting from Siobhán Peoples, my online teacher for Willie Week this year. We're playing it before Never An Easy Mind: https://thesession.org/tunes/191#setting41563 more…

  • Sergeant Early’s Dream, X:5

    I'm just learning this beautiful tune and tried to combine some of my favorite aspects of it from different settings. Moving beyond the bare bones of the notes, there's endless scope for variation and ornamentation here, particularly by sliding into notes... more…

  • Re: Becoming an Irish traditional musician

    Congratulations, Jessie, the book sounds fascinating! It also sounds like it was a tremendous amount of work, so I hope you enjoy your book launch and a very well-deserved sense of accomplishment. 😀 more…

  • Miltown Malbay, Ireland

    Willie Week! more…

  • The Besom Brush

    I learned this tune from Fairweather Fiddler (another Brighton-based Session member). She notes that it was an old broom-sellers' song that was first played as a 3/2 hornpipe and has now turned into a slip jig. We play it in a set with The Dusty Miller an... more…

  • Son Ar Rost

    I learned this Breton tune off the Kornog album "Premiere", but I noticed that it's also been recorded by Brian Finnegan on "When the Party's Over" (I haven't heard that version). The tune is actually a march, and Kornog play it with a great deal march-li... more…

  • Re: Death Grip on the Fiddle

    Thanks for the advice, guys. I think I'll try out some other shoulder rests when I get the opportunity, and I definitely need to try to holding the fiddle up more. I have the feeling that I tend to slouch forwards, too, when I play, so gravity alone keeps... more…

  • Death Grip on the Fiddle

    Hi everyone! My apologies if this has already been discussed somewhere else. My question is this: how can I loosen up my death grip on the fiddle when I play? The problem isn't so much my left hand as it is my left shoulder. The fiddle always feels like i... more…