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The World of Irish Fiddling

Posted by leather Britches on Friday, March 5, 2010

Hello ,

    While there is no doubt , that I got here from Old Country and Western then Bluegrass , a few romps with Old Time and then New England

Style fiddling , and now ITM ( Irish Traditional Music .)

    I still stop an ask how did I get from hear to there ? Okay it does not matter , The journey that music has taken me in the course off 25 years has been 

the best part of my life , more then that it is a part of who I am .

    My goals very simple ,  enjoy it more each day , and cherish the friends I have made , and to keep challenging myself .

    Being Irish I feel proud , and a deep connection to ITM especially because my family can be traced back to Co. Sligo .  This may not help me 

play better , but It feels good .

    So as I build a repertoire of Reels , Jigs , Slides and all the other types of tunes . I wonder if I can sustain this obsession ?

    So what is on the list as of now :

    Down the Bow

    Bill Sullivan's Polka

    The Britches Full of Stitches

    The Butterfly

    Saddle the Pony

    The Cannaughtman's Rambles

    While I can play the first four there is still work to do 

    The last two I am still working on the notes , but they are getting there . 

    See You Soon


2 comments on “The World of Irish Fiddling”

ironbearmarine Says:
Sunday, March 7, 2010 @7:40:41 PM

Hey John,
I have been playing music since I was four. Some things came easy and some not so much. As a youngster I wanted to play with the big boys, so I worked on the riffs and runs so I could join in. Later I worked at getting a good selection down
pat. As I got older I learned that no matter how many tunes I knew, there was always more. Always wondering when I would arrive at being a good fiddler. Now that I am over 55, I find I am still learning! It hit me of course, but I can't say when, that **its the journey, not the destination** Enjoy your Journey and know so long as there are strings and bow, you will never run out of Irish tunes.

clamdigger Says:
Friday, May 30, 2014 @11:02:22 AM

Hey John: Sorry that it took so long long to get back to you. As you might or might not know I live in Jamestown. Played mandolin for ten years or so and never got too good but it sure was fun. Now onto fiddle. My mother was from Donegal and I love Irish music. I am still a rank beginner but love to play. Let me know if you ever get down this way. Jim

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