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ADK A6 for Fingerstyle Guitar

I think I finally settled on a mic placement that will work for recording in my home studio. It is my pair of ADK A6 mics in “AB” placement Thanks to Doug Young for the advice on this one. AB is similar to spaced pair except both mics are on a single stereo bar and at the same height. In …

Celtic Backup in Standard Tuning

I’ve decided to experiment some playing celtic rhythmic backup in (gasp!) standard tuning. I was recently able to spend some time with my friend Aaron O’Rourke and was really impressed with the way he played backup. I think standard tuning offers some really interesting voicings, though the chords are perhaps less powerful than Drop D or DADGAD. In the latter …

Castle Kelly – Clawhammer Banjo

I recently wrote an article for the Banjo Newsletter on arranging Castle Kelly for the Clawhammer Banjo. It appeared in the June issue. While Castle Kelly is normally played in irish music circles I thought the rhythm might work out well for clawhammer. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

New tracks with Tim Connell

I recently recorded a few demo tracks in my home studio with superb mandolin player Tim Connell. I hope you enjoy them.

WGBH Music: The Teetotallers | Live at The Burren

This video has been making the rounds on Facebook among all my irish music friends. The Teetotallers are the newest irish super group consisting of Kevin Crawford on flute, Martin Hayes on fiddle, and John Doyle on guitar. Hearing three of my favorite celtic musicians play together is a dream come true. I can’t wait till they release a cd and hopefully …

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New videos with Tim Connell

I recently put up some new videos with mandolinist Tim Connell from our gig last year at Newberg Music. After a bit of hiatus Tim and I are back practicing together and will be out gigging more around town. We are recording some demo tracks this weekend, so look out for those here soon.

New Video – Christy Barry’s #2

I just put up a new video of a jig arrangement, Christy Barry’s #2. This tune appears on my cd as part of a larger set of jigs. Its also a session standard that is played along with, fittingly enough, a tune simply called Christy Barry’s. I usually play these on flute and I think first heard them played by …

Introducing Merry Hob

I am happy to introduce my new band, Merry Hob. We are: Lisa – Accordian Justin – Mandolin/Bouzouki Vash – Percussion Anton – Guitar/Flute/Banjo We have been practicing together since October and recently had our first few gigs over the St Patricks Day weekend. We played Saturday at the McMenamins Kennedy School and Sunday at Biddy Magraws, a classic bar …

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Sylvain Barou – Solo Album

I recently purchased French flute player Sylvain Barou’s self titled debut album and have really been enjoying it these past few days. Surfing for John Doyle clips on Youtube one day I came across this video of him and fiddler Liz Carroll playing with a flute player I had never heard of. I’ve watched this clip over and over, often …

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A few new videos

I recently pulled out the video camera and stayed up late last weekend shooting a few guitar videos. It is something I plan to do more regularly once I get setup in my own music room. Easier to leave the mics, lights, and camera setup that way. My basic setup is a cheap $200 JVC video camera, and my Peluso …