Upcoming Shows

I have a very busy summer coming up! Highlights include Northern Lights Festival Boréal on July 6 and 7, Killarney Mountain Lodge every Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from July to September, and The Elemental Festival in Kagawong on September 28…

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Upcoming Shows

Upcoming Shows

This is an exciting time. Not only will I be very busy this month because of St. Patrick's Day, but I will literally be busy for the next year. I have seldom if ever been able to…

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Upcoming Shows

Upcoming Shows

Thanks to everyone who came to our recent shows, and welcome to the new people who have joined our mailing list. Our St. Patrick's Day concert at The Sudbury Theatre Centre was a sold-out show with standing ovations…

Choosing the right tin whistle

Unfortunately, choosing the right tin whistle can be a confusing matter for several reasons: 

1. Any single piece of music can be played in twelve different keys. A song in a major key can be transposed to eleven other…

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Goodness and Diversity

I am very interested in profound explorations. What does “good” mean? What is quality? Is it all subjective? If it is, then there is no reason for agreement other than social pressures and conformity; if what is right is just…

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Recording a challenging arrangement

I have been recording, finally. Broomfield Hill is really hard. I think, more than anything else, it is this song that has been holding up the album, just as the album has been holding up my other releases and my…

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Priming an audience for traditional songs

The gig went well last night. Lots of people showed up, including a lot of repeat listeners, and they were enthusiastic and appreciative. But we didn't play that well. The room was noisier this time, so it was harder to…
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French songs save an awkward gig

Last night I played as an opening act at the Fromagerie for the Reenie Band. It went okay. I was very glad to be able to do the arrangements and material that I love, and I'm delighted to be able…
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Rambling Irishman

Thanks to all who listened to this.  I’ve had some interesting feedback, mostly positive.

Perhaps I should have started with a disclaimer and begged your indulgence.  Music is a very complicated endeavour for me because it is more than just…