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  1. Songs of our Fathers on Dawg's podcast with Andy Statman

    I'm really enjoying David Grisman's podcasts with Danny Barnes. In the latest (episode 11), they discuss Songs of Our Fathers and Andy Statman is part of the conversation. Andy says that, in his...
  2. Re: David Crosby comments on tuning in Fretboard Journal

    I remember watching Tony Rice demonstrate tuning his guitar on "an intimate lesson with TR" , he tuned his D string to a tuning fork on the 7th fret harmonic and then tunes the other strings relative...
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    Re: mandolins on television

    Thanks Beanzy! I missed that, although did go out just before midnight for a toast and to play auld lang syne on the mandolin for some neighbours, and ended up having a bit of a jam with a guitar...
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    Re: mandolins on television

    This was on mainstream British TV in Nov 20
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPiW3V7ZJkY
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    Re: Fiddle tunes that don't work on mandolin?

    Thanks Dagger,
    I agree that is a lovely arrangement/performance and also a great way of playing an Irish air on the mandolin.

    Simon's mandolin playing in this clip reminds me of the way that...
  6. Re: seat of the pants gig from a few years ago

    Maybe I should have started a new thread for this... Anyhow, the great Simon Brady and Jonny Hulme on mando and banjo from the first post on this thread have recently teamed up with some other top...
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    Re: Andy Irvine / Paul Brady

    I completely agree that the string sound they get is really interesting. I love the combination of Andy Irvine on Mandolin, Donal Lunal on bouzouki and Paul Brady on guitar, very contrapuntal in...
  8. Re: Non-Classical/Celtic/Bluegrass Mandolin addition to a band?

    One great thing about the mandolin is its ability to fit in with many genres, obviously it has a more central role in bluegrass and choro and to a slightly lesser extent Irish/Scottish and similar...
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    Re: Best prices Gibson F5

    I don't feel qualified to comment on the specific qualities of different models/eras of gibson mandolin. The range of replies here though say to me that the old maxim "try before you buy" is really...
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    Re: Andy Irvine / Paul Brady

    This is one of my favourite albums


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DehychgRSDk

    It strikes me that the band for this album (and current tour) is basically planxty with Kevin Burke on fiddle...
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    Re: Irish Tenor Banjo Recordings

    Sorry to change the direction of this thread slightly, Jill was commenting that there are a number of good tenor banjo players from Manchester, and in my last post I mentioned Brendan Dempsey but...
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    Re: Let's hear your BEST musical joke?

    Is that a joke or a true story (or both)? I know Einstein was a keen amateur violinist.
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    Re: Let's hear your BEST musical joke?

    In days of old, some sailors exploring the oceans of the world made camp on the beach of a beautiful tropical island.

    They'd noticed that there was some drumming coming from the top of a forested...
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    Re: Mike Marshall interview

    Hi Matt,
    Thanks for sharing this, I thought that was a very interesting discussion.

    I had the pleasure of meeting Mike about 10 years ago when I went to a course in Germany run by the European...
  15. Re: What Irish/Scottish music do Irish/Scottish people listen to?

    A contemporary Irish musician who is a great singer (and bouzouki player) is Daoiri Farrell. I completely accept that this is a meaningless/cheap/trite comparison, but he sort of seems a bit like an...
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    Re: Irish Tenor Banjo Recordings

    Thanks Jill,
    Yep, I've had the pleasure of meeting and playing in a few sessions with Angelina Carberry when she's been back in Manchester. A wonderful banjo player.

    Another very good banjo...
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    Re: Speed: Missed Notes and feeling

    Hi Joh,
    Thanks for this and I certainly take your point. Ignoring the fiddle though, I think that the rest of the band have an amazing bluegrass groove/drive on this tune (to my ear anyway). I...
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    Re: Irish Tenor Banjo Recordings

    Hi Jill, I'm fortunate enough to know Angela and played guitar on one track of her album. She turned up at the Sunday eve session which is my regular one about 3-4 years ago with John Carty. They...
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    Re: Speed: Missed Notes and feeling

    For me it isn't the speed which is the issue, but lack of pulse or groove, actually there is a thread on the techniques section about this now....
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    Re: Astroturf Noise

    PS improvised free form music perhaps isn't that alien to the mando world, e.g. towards the end of this David Grisman piece there is a free form section...
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    Re: Astroturf Noise

    This reminds me of an experience I had about 20 years ago. A friend who is a pro classical violinist was playing a concert at an experimental music eve in the Royal Northern College of Music in...
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    Re: Thile using an SM57 mic

    Agreed, in a studio it is another matter, but live and studio are two different worlds. Jerry Garcia said that being in the studio was like building a ship in a bottle, and playing a gig was like...
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    Re: English fiddling essay (no mando)

    Thanks David,
    Small world isn't it and great to hear of the links between them and the Battlefield band. It seems that Tom Shepley's band started playing Scottish and Irish music but expanded their...
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    Re: English fiddling essay (no mando)

    Thanks Niles,
    I wasn't aware of that book but will check it out. I live less than a mile from the traditional boundary between Lancashire and Cheshire (the river Mersey in South Manchester), so feel...
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    Re: English fiddling essay (no mando)

    Thanks for sharing Dagger,
    I haven't listened to all of this but am really enjoying it. Apparently Peter Knight was classically trained which may help to explain his good technique which is still...
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