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    Re: Update on "The Irish Mandolin" - and other stories

    Good stuff Aidan. I've been hitting the Howl at the Moon in Hoxton now and again, let me know if you're up for one in a couple weeks
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    Re: Sean Casey on mandolin

    When he didnt have a care in the world
  3. The Celtic Mandolin - Tunes for June 2021

    Hi Folks
    Here are the tunes I've posted during June. I'm continuing with Aird's tunes for a wee while yet as I'm short of time at the moment. I posted versions of these last year but I'm re-doing...
  4. Re: Update on "The Irish Mandolin" - and other stories

    What a lovely set of jigs Aidan, the bouzouki is such a great addition too!
  5. Re: The Celtic Mandolin - Tunes for May 2021

    Fascinating stuff. I could get into a long discussion about all this, especially the political context, but I'm really interested to lnow what it all sounded like at that time, in the late 18th...
  6. The Celtic Mandolin - Tunes for May 2021

    Hi Folks

    Here are the tunes I've prepared for Tune of the Week during May. Hope some of you are enjoying from learning these old tunes from the first Airds Collection (1782 app).


    Wk 28...
  7. Re: A few recent original tunes by Aidan Crossey...

    Nice tunes!
  8. Re: A few recent original tunes by Aidan Crossey...

    Great stuff Aidan - I envy how prolific you are in your writing of original tunes - to date I've managed to write a single original tune, a jig that I actually wrote on the 6 string guitar first of...
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    Me and my clones-"The Clumsy Lover"

    Just stumbled upon this, I think it is pretty clever. ;)
  10. Re: Update on "The Irish Mandolin" - and other stories

    What a lovely bunch of tunes - I particularly like the B part of The Seven Derries hornpipe!
  11. Re: The Celtic Mandolin - for April 01/05/21

    Thanks Aidan. They do take a bit of work. However, like last year I may have to wind down the Tune of the Week now that the weather has improved (a bit). A couple of other projects are underway...
  12. The Celtic Mandolin - for April 01/05/21

    Hi Folks

    Here are the resources I've posted this month. There were four tunes in April but I've added today's - because it's great wee tune (Kiss me Sweetly).

    There are two more Aird's tunes...
  13. Re: Apparently you can play a slow air on a fretted instrument ..

    The lark in the clear air.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Jr0un0_zjw
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    Your favorite Tab tune books?

    I recently picked up Aidan Crossey's new book of 100 ITM tunes, printed it out, and had it spiral bound at my local UPS store. It's been an absolute joy picking through the arrangements on this lazy...
  15. The Celtic Mandolin - Tunes for March 20121

    Hi Folks
    Here are the resources I've posted this month. Hope you enjoy them. Remember, they're not too difficicult and work best in small groups or at least duets.

    20. The Old Tune
    I can't...
  16. Re: Update on "The Irish Mandolin" - and other stories

    I learned The Showman's Fancy in C, after hearing played in that key by Pat O'Connor on a compilation called Music and Song from East Clare, which I picked up on cassette in Scarriff one August. ...
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    Re: A sensational find...

    Sensational find, indeed!

    Looking at his website, I am truly impressed by the ancient bog yew instruments. What a privilege to be able to work with such a unique tonewood.

    I also enjoyed his...
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    Re: A sensational find...

    I first came across Macdara in a MC thread on buying a bouzouki from an Irish maker in Sept 2019.
    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/threads/146672-CBOMS-in-Ireland?highlight=irish+bouzouki+makers
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    Re: A sensational find...

    Thanks for the heads-up, Aidan. Lovely instruments and fine playing.
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    Re: A sensational find...

    Thanks, Aidan, for the heads up – sweet music indeed. YouTube's auto-play followed it up with a video of Macdara providing beautiful accompaniment to his brother Pax's equally beautiful fiddle...
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    Re: A sensational find...

    Thanks, Aidan. I love the sound of both the bouzouki and mandolin. The workmanship looks stupendous, too.

    For your (and my) convenience:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQOD8mdDanE
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    A wee tune on the Sobell

    https://youtu.be/zXU9I8tHgkU

    Over many years playing traditional Scottish music with The Occasionals and many other great friends, I have been lucky enough to encounter a handful of remarkable...
  23. Re: Update on "The Irish Mandolin" - and other stories

    Well said Aidan. The music is for all of us, not just the weirdly gifted. Relax, enjoy a stride not a gallop.
    John
  24. The Celtic Mandolin - Tunes for February 2021

    Hi Folks
    Here are some new resources I've posted for February. There are various audio files to help you learn the tunes and tablature and notation too. I think the main benefit here is having an...
  25. Re: Some great resources for Irish trad players...

    Here's some favorites I have discovered over the years:

    Irish Traditional Music Tune Index

    Traditional Music of Clare

    Séamus Connelly Collection of Irish Music

    Harp of Tara - Great free...
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