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Fiddler of the week – Martin Hayes!

‘Majestic, exquisite, sublime,’ says the commenter. I must concur. Martin Hayes and Denis Cahill playing ‘Carolan’s Farewell to Music’ for the first 5 and a half minutes of this video. Swoon, weep, etc.

On another note, I have to stop using Youtube for this. But it’s soooo convenient….!


United Bible Studies, Áine O’Dwyer, Alison O’Donnell

I popped my Brighton gig cherry last night. YAY! Wonderful stuff in the Caroline of Brunswick. I was sitting *this close* to a real-live harp, and UBS kept it real as ever with a seven-piece line-up; saxophones, guitars, tin-whistles, singing, a big drum, dramatic dynamic shifts, and a feather mask. Brilliant.

Mel and I have been keepin’ it reel (hweh) the last while too, getting together to play some trad together. Great for the technique for yours truly, it’ll take me a while to get the hang of the ornamentation, but Mel’s a great teacher. And that feadóg mhór (Irish flute) sounds Just. So. Beautiful.

Here is something I’ll probably never be able to play. Feckin savage!