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hey guys, I just posted a new video, check the videos page.

well now that I'm retired and have a little more time.... time to get this group active again! (ha ha). What do you say?

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Hi Kathy,

great tune and great playing !!!

I have at this time a lot of problems (I need a 48 hours day), so i can't post every day, but I read with pleasure every post...


Giuseppe Porsia

P.S. I have uploaded on my site a lot of new tunes. I'd like You hear to and i'd like to have Your comment.


Hi Kathy,

I really like your arrangement. You should do a column for FGM. Please talk to Dan about that because I'm sure that people will be interested in some Irish Traditional flatpicking guitar.



thank you Giuseppe and Marco... Giuseppe, I will give those a listen. Always love your stuff.

Marco, I hesitate to do Irish stuff for FGM because I am hardly an expert on the Irish stuff. There was a piece on John Doyle recently in Acoustic Guitar and in discussing ornamentation (particularly the single string triplety stuff) he starts with something like "here's what separates the bluegrassers from the Irish players." In my case that's so true. One of my tasks for myself is to try to learn how to do that.

In any case, I clearly sound like a bluegrasser, and I've come to terms with that (while I continue to listen to real Irish music to try to develop the right feel).

Kathy, I think the way you incorporate crosspicking into those tunes is pretty unique - I don't see anyone do it here in Ireland. I'd vote for an article on that in FGM

hmmmm. Well that's a thought. I wouldn't be posing, if you know what I mean. I think on it!

Though, you know, I did one already: The Wise Maid (incorrectly titled Wise Old Maid in the mag).

ok, I posted Kerfunken. No real crosspicking, though the last section has something resembling it. Actually it's just that the melody notes live in the arpeggio.

Hi Kathy,

I completely understand what you mean. Last summer I spent a week with John Doyle and I had a really great time learning from him. He is a great teacher, but very advanced on the flatpicking side and talking about the ornamentation it's true that it's something that gives the Irish feel to a tune. He was calling that "dirt" saying that he was trying to imitate the uillean pipes triplet sound. Also a tune needs that rhythm that they call "lilt" that makes the difference from bluegrass music.

I play mainly Irish Traditional Music (both accompanyment and flatpicking tunes) and I'm listening to a lot of tenor banjo playing like Enda Scahill(Pick It Up) or Damien O'Kane (The Mistery Inch) and trying to move that sound to the guitar and until now it has been a  good school for me.

I spent a long time studying and playing bluegrass before going to Irish Traditional and I found that for me it easier playing Irish tunes. I don't really know why :)

Wow, Marco, a week with Doyle! I'm so jealous. I must see about trying to get a lesson/lessons from him... or Cahill, or McGlynn, or.... wait, Randal Bays, he's at least in the same time zone!  but a fingerpicker...  just to try to really get some input and detailed advice.

Maybe you can share a little of what you learned, Marco...

Hi Kathy,

I'd like to have a lesson with all the people you mentioned:) They are all great guitar players.

Regarding sharing what I've learned with John it's kind of difficult. He was mainly playing the tune and we were playing it back all by ear, no written music. It was kind of hard at the beginning, but after a while it was ok. It was a very hard class.

Thanks, Kathy! Beautiful tune that you obviously enjoy playing. Also for the Gypsy Princess/Green Fields of America on mandolin - nice complement to your most recent FGM column.

Congratulations on retirement - now that you've managed to ditch your day job, I guess you can devote even more time to your true avocation - new CD please! (but maybe relax a little too . . .)


ps ~ good to see a little life here, thanks for that too

Thanks Ganon! 1.5 weeks now... at this rate I should be able to do 2-3 vids a month! Well we'll see about that.

Yes, working on the new CD... hopefully will be done a bit quicker than the last one.

Wow!  I've been away for far too long.  It's funny how life tears us from one direction to another.  I have alot of catching up to do!!  Kathy, as always thanks for your wonderful contributions - and a warm hello to new members!


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