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Steve Shaw Question about Irish vs English fiddling (167* d) RE: Question about Irish vs English fiddling 25 Sep 21

I know I've mentioned it already, and I'm no box expert, but if you want to hear consummate semitone box-playing you really do need to listen to Jackie Daly on his early album (pre-Patrick Street, pre-Arcady, pre-Buttons And Bows), Music From Sliabh Luachra Vol 6. No-one else plays on his record and he does play a bit of anglo concertina, but the box-playing which takes up most of the album is both instructive and inspiring. As I understand it, he plays mostly C#/D. Much of the playing is single-note, but he does use the bass buttons sparingly and judiciously (and tastefully) on some tracks. He's one of the best and it's well worth studying what precisely he does, or doesn't do, with those basses. Other than that, let's say that I know what I like but I sometimes don't know what I'm on about...

And I've met John Kirkpatrick several times and I think he's a lovely man who would like nothing better than to get as many people as possible to get involved in playing. There are opinions of his I find hard to swallow, but, on the whole, he's a damn good egg....

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