sfmans’s thirty comments

  • Re: Perceived intonation

    If you want to go deep on this subject there’s a great book by Ross Duffin called ‘How Equal Temperament Ruined Harmony (and Why You Should Care)’. more…

  • Re: Genre description help

    I also like the suggestion of 'North Atlantic'. more…

  • Re: Whistle bag?

    Lots of good suggestions above. Mine travel around in a camera tripod bag, with the longer low whistles in their own homemade 'socks' (apart from the Overton which is in the pouch it came in all those years ago), and the smaller ones in a couple of multi-... more…

  • Re: "a ruthlessly unsentimental music"

    Oh, and post-session food. Loads of food! more…

  • Re: "a ruthlessly unsentimental music"

    Last Night's Fun is probably the best book ever written about the experience of playing sessions and music, and what makes amateurs (in the sense of those who do it for the love of it) tick. It's not a history of the music or an attempt to justify or anal... more…

  • Re: UNESCO

    The wonderful Basel Fasnacht was also added to the UNESCO list this year, and that’s another area where female participation in the fifing, drumming, and brass bands has gone from tiny to huge in the past twenty? Years or so. more…

  • Re: Any good Breton (Brittany) tunes for flute?

    Some good suggestions on this thread more…

  • Re: Concertina brands

    If that's your budget then a Rochelle is your best bet: certainly a whole rank above the no-name Chinese made things that crop up on eBay and will only put you off. more…

  • Re: Sexdrega Polska

    I first heard this tune from Filarfolket, but they called it 'Polska efter Carl-Erik Berndt' more…

  • Re: The March Of Saint Timothy

    It's been adopted by the long-running and much loved English dance band The Old Swan Band, and if they find a good tune from just about anywhere in the world it's almost a certainty to start cropping up in English sessions. I learnt it from them at one of... more…