Irish Traditional Music
I took an interest in Irish traditional music when I saw the the first of the Transatlantic Sessions TV series back in the late 90s. I enjoyed the music but it wasn't until January 2008 that I began playing. My wife gifted me 6 lessons with local fiddler extrodinaire Matt Tarling and from then on I was hooked.
As I learned fiddle I became aware that my mandolin, hanging on my wall, was tuned the same and mid-2008 I took up mandolin playing too.
Early 2009, a friend gave me an old piano accordion and so I took that up too.
Not content with 3 instruments, I took my wishy washy rock guitar skills, retuned my guitar to DADGAD and have also been learning accompaniment.
When I gave away my cheap bodhrán, I took the opportunity to buy a newer, better one from the Belgarth company in the Orkneys, and I now also play percussive backup.
In 2014 I bought myself a tenor banjo, and have been practising in attaining the right hand relaxation technique required for playing the thing at any decent speed required for Irish trad!
The best part of the Irish traditional music scene is the sessions, where a bunch of random people turn up at a pub and play music. It means everyone has to learn lots of tunes by heart and be proficient at their instrument, otherwise it's hard to join in. It's a great way to get motivation for learning. The video below shows me and a friend I met at a session playing some tunes.
Check out some of my Irish traditional-style compositions on my compositions page.
I am also trying (rather unsuccessfully) to make videos of all the tunes and songs I know. Check out my music videos page.