Alison Wylie’s twenty-one comments

  • Re: Do you remember the first tune you learned?

    Like minijackpot, it was Harvest Home and Boys of Blue Hill, which seemed an obligatory passage in those days, followed by Saddle the Pony (first jig), Drowsy Maggie (first reel) and Kid on the Mountain (first slip jig). All good tunes, not too difficult ... more…

  • Re: Which instrument

    I started out on the whistle. I'd already learnt recorder at school so I knew about blowing and fingers. I was captivated by the possibilities of ornementation on the whistle, and of course by an instrument you could carry around in your back pocket and w... more…

  • Re: Attracted to Irish music

    When I was growing up (in Birmingham) my dad used to put on occasional Scottish bagpipe music as a break from his habitual Mozart, Bach etc. It gave me the shivers! When I told my mum she said "Ah it's your Scottish blood" and I was really proud! But it w... more…

  • Re: Lockdown Play-Alongs

    Yes I cannot recommend the Mary O's session too strongly! It is just brilliant. Tonight I listened to/watched Caitlin and Chris's virtual concert and realized that they are not just great session hosts, which they are, but also top class musicians. A trea... more…

  • Re: About Us

    As a fully paid up (card-carrying?) lurker, cf previous thread, I think I can come up with some pass notes: more…

  • Re: The state of play

    Here in what often seems like the back end of nowhere (even if it's very picturesque!), there doesn't seem to be a lack of sessions. Some require a fairly lengthy journey but it's possible. You can pick and choose a bit too - choose a slowish chatty one o... more…

  • Re: The gift of not having to give up

    In view of my experiences this past year, this music is simply the best therapy ever .... I particularly recommend "Swinging on the Gate" (the tune not the title - such activity probably not the best idea....!) more…

  • Re: Whistle Stands

    I made one myself, it took less than half an hour to make and works really well. Start with a wooden base 20cm x 12cm (doesn't have to be accurate!) and about 25 - 30mm thick. I did sand and oil it, just to be pretty! Drill 6 holes 8mm diameter, two rows ... more…

  • Re: Barcelona

    Yes it is just on the Monday and there doesn't seem to be much else the days you are there. Shame! Maybe you can drown your sorrows along with the Barca fans...... more…

  • Re: Barcelona

    Whoops - it's called the Michael Collins, sorry. According to their website sessions are on Mondays - but I seem to remember there are other days too more…