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Posted by fiddlefire on Friday, January 20, 2012

Didnt realize that I could play Irish music as well as I did last night being a rock and roller myself. Guess the blue grass in me helps! Had two Irish musicians stop in on my open mic night last night and asked me to stay up there with them for a few Irish and folk tunes and we had a blast! Including Wagon Wheel was a lot of fun. Yes fun-fun-fun!

7 comments on “Irish fiddle”

Humbled by this instrument Says:
Saturday, January 21, 2012 @10:52:40 PM

Which tunes did you play, John?

fiddlefire Says:
Sunday, January 22, 2012 @7:37:18 AM

Im really wet behind the ears when it comes to names of Irish tunes because im not an avid Irish tune player, Drunken sailor and whiskey in the jar are two that we did. There where a few that I have heard of but not familier with the names. The ones I know well that I teach a few of my students that we didnt play are, Red haired boy, Whiskey before breakfast, Irish wash woman and a few others. Ireally need to get on the stick with with more Irish tunes. I certainly have the skill for it since I play blue grass in the broad mix of genre's that I do. It should be one of my new years resolvs.(lol!) I think that most in part of why I never went out of my way to learn more is that all of the gigs that I play do not involve Irish music. And down here on the Eastern shore (Delmarva) there isnt much call for it.My lead player in my Landers and Heinzproject band , Tim Landers is Irish and knows a boat load of Irish tunes,but only on rare occassion other than st patties day will we do such standards like Danny boy and others. I have a musical friend who seldomly do I see named Wayne Jordan who is an avid Irish musician and comes into town every once and a while. He was supposed to attend our open mic last week and came down with the flu, however 2 of his buddies showed up who were excellent Irish musicians, One played bango, acoustic guitar and mandolin. The other played acoustic guitar and another giutar that i am not familliar with, the body shaped like a tear drop. I believe that is an Irish instrument. When it was there tun to come up, they asked me to join them. We had a great time. They mixed it up to were it was a mix of Irish, Bluegrass and apalacian style music. The banjo player played in the style of claw hammer. All in all a very fun night! If you have any suggestions of a few Irish tunes that would be fun for me to experience, give me some titles and I will research them and, no pun intended, fiddle around with them! Im always looking for some new tricks.

Humbled by this instrument Says:
Sunday, January 22, 2012 @9:45:02 AM

So many great ones, of course, but around here "Banish Misfortune" and "Swallowtail" seem to be known by OT and bluegrass players often. Why? Don't know. Maybe the Mixyldian (sp) mode of "Banish?" The over-drive of Swallowtail?

fiddlefire Says:
Monday, January 23, 2012 @9:04:01 AM

Thanks for the info. I will look those up and work on them!

stew692 Says:
Friday, February 10, 2012 @5:30:52 PM

When you play at the open mic by yourself, do you just play or sing too? A friend of mine has been attending some local open mic nights and told me I should come out. I don't sing, and thought that it wouldn't work.

richdissmore Says:
Saturday, February 11, 2012 @10:54:45 AM

when you go to open jams eaven if your unsure try your not getting payed so they can,t fire you have fun with it and try to play along use the long bow and play chords tell you can play what ever is being played just jump in and try its the only way to get better and learn new songs that you don,t know good luck

fiddlefire Says:
Sunday, February 12, 2012 @7:43:46 AM

I sing and play. If you cant sing, dont let that stop you. You can do a number of things at an open mic. You can play occapello or you can practice a few songs with another musician, you can get in and jamm with other people if you feel comfortable doing that. You should start attending them and meet people that you feel comfotable playing or jamming with. When I first moved to the town that I am in i started going to the area's open mic's and wound up getting hired by 2 real good bands. If you have several in your area you will find the same musicians attending. Its alot of fun. My duo runs an open mic in Berlin Md.

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