Bruce McCaskey’s nine comments

  • Re: Seattle

    Sessions Wednesday and Thursday evenings at Shawn O’Donnell’s in the Fremont area of Seattle. I think they start at 7 PM, check the website. more…

  • Re: FolkFriend - A *free new app* for recognising tunes by audio

    I wasn’t able to get it working on my iPhone X running iOS 13, had the microphone issue in both Safari and Chrome. Seemed to do somewhat better in the Dolphin browser but although it reported it was downloading the database, it displayed no progress in... more…

  • Re: Concertina - Why C/G?

    There's one point that may have no real bearing on the intent of the thoughts people have expressed, but I think should be addressed for technical clarity. That point is how the tuning of an instrument is named. I see several references to D/G instrumen... more…

  • Re: Steamboat

    I believe I know this tune (with minor variations) as the Hornpipe “The Good Natured Man.” more…

  • Re: Who plays concertina in Oklahoma?

    A few people out there offer Skype lessons. Florence Fahy comes to mind, and she has a website that should turn up if you Google her name and “concertina.” more…

  • Re: Best concertina Reeds?

    Brass reeds are also noted for eventually failing, the metal doesn't hold up to the flexing nearly as well as steel. Once the metal starts cracking the reed pitch drops drastically. There's no fixing this, the only option is to replace the reed. more…

  • Re: Rochelle Concertina

    A Rochelle is a good reliable starter Anglo, I know of nothing better in their price range. They improve in some respects with playing too, the bellows will become more supple and require a little less effort. more…

  • Re: Seeking recommendations for Seattle-area Irish flute teachers

    Tudy McLain teaches Irish flute at Dusty Strings in the Fremont area of Seattle. Go to the Dusty Strings website for more information, instruction on several instruments is available. more…

  • Re: Button accordion or concertina for Irish music?

    I recommend the Anglo Concertina, but as mentioned above, a 20-button is far too limited. The 30-button model in C/G tuning is a good choice, although you can find some with a few more or a few less buttons that would also be suitable. more…