Tuesday, September 25, 2007

On Shopping, Spit, and Rolling in the Ryegrass

Some unrelated things on my mind today:

I put my money where my mouth was and ordered a stack of CDs from the Tayberry Music going-out-of-business sale. Having received the CDs, I'll recommend it again. I got great CDs at bargain prices, they were friendly, shipped quickly, and they fixed a misshipment at their expense. I wish the owners a happy retirement!

A while back I was having a problem with, um, drool getting into my whistle while I was playing. I asked my teacher about this and he said he'd never had the problem. But I figured it out; I just need to not look down while playing.

Mick O'Brien and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh have an interesting version of Rolling in the Ryegrass on Kitty Lie Over. They seem to prolong the first parts of the first two bars of the A part, and they don't go up as high, in relative pitch, on the second bar, as most versions I've heard. That, plus some other differences, gives the tune a really different feel. I like the whole album.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Tayberry Music Going Out of Business

Folk music vendor Tayberry Music is going out of business, an they're selling their stock at 40% off. None of the prices on the site have been reduced, but they'll take the 40% off when they prepare your order for shipping.

Update: The sale has now ended, because Compass Records just bought Tayberry.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Echoes of Erin 4

The Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann 2007 Echoes of Erin tour is coming to central Ohio! Look at the incredible list of performers — or, better still, listen to the incredible group of musicians on the Comhaltas site. I'm in awe.

I haven't found a publicly-accessible link for the concert's Granville date, so here are the details:

Granville, OH
Wednesday 17 October 2007, 7:00 p.m.
Granville Schools Performing Arts Center

The concert is also coming to the following cities:

  • Ireland Dublin
  • Canada Saskatoon, Regina, Manitou, Winnipeg
  • USA Pittsburgh, Pearl River, NY, Waltham and North Andover, MA