Mack Garner’s forty-one comments

  • Books

    Are there any other books that are based on songs? I bet there are, but I do not know any. Help me out here, friends! more…

  • Re: What are 3 tunes you would tell someone to listen to if they never heard ITM and asked you to show them?

    Carolan's Welcome, The Maid Behind the Bar, and Morrison's. more…

  • Re: Concertina and Keyboard.

    Great stuff Jerome. I play piano pretty well and hammer dulcimer some, and I am taking up the piano accordion. I really like the accordion sound, kind of like a harmonica. I could never play ITM on piano, just did not sound right, but the hammer dulci... more…

  • Re: Peak ITM

    If disco can take over the world, why not ITM? more…

  • Re: Folk tunes in the common awareness

    Check out the Swingle Singers set Country Dances on Youtube. They rip off a couple dozen in three minutes: Turkey in the Straw, Arkansas Traveller, Old Dan Tucker, and many more. Even a version of Miss McLeod. Almost all American, but as much fun as a... more…

  • Re: ITM Epiphanies

    I play chess and bridge as well as play piano, hammer dulcimer, and accordion, and in all of these endeavors, I have noticed that progress comes in leaps and plateaus rather than a steady climb. Sometimes it has happened while I was not paying attention... more…

  • Re: Tunes that go with ‘the Coleraine’ ?

    I play Cliffs of Moher, The Black Nag (English, but still sounds good), The Coleraine, and Cock of the North. My own set which no one else plays! more…

  • Re: Little known tunes

    Thanks, guys, never heard of this stuff! Wonderful! more…

  • Little known tunes

    I am learning tunes. Mostly I have stuck to the most popular ones on The Session. I would like suggestions on some of your favorite tunes that are not well known or often recorded. The only one I suggest is Stolen Apples as recorded by Lunasa and wri... more…

  • Re: What style of music is this?

    I thought the Child Ballads were as bloody as it gets. Murder is still terrible, even if there are no four letter words. more…