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The Right Way to Praise a Band.

“You guys are awesome.” “You're so talented.” “You must be a natural.” No. Just no.Patrick's day is coming up, and once again, we're overbooked and underappreciated by a lot of our venues. It brings to mind a story from St. Pat's two years ago.We were playing a venue that had various bands playing all day. We arrived early, and caught the last set of the band who was on before us. I was blown away by what they had accomplished musically in the two years since I had heard them last. Their…See More
Mar 5, 2013
Jenni left a comment for Dave Marlatt
"Yes, I have to say it was a success.  Even the staff seemed to be good with it.  I do feel like I shouldn't show up in my grungy clothes, but that's really the only downside... well that and I'll miss my weekly Mocha, but…"
Apr 23, 2012
Dave Marlatt left a comment for Jenni
"Do you think everyone was pleased with the London Grill for the session? Nice to have heat. Seems like we played a lot of tunes today. "
Apr 23, 2012
Jenni replied to Connie Rae Crone's discussion How Did You Choose Your Instrument (or Did Your Instrument Choose You)?!?
"That is a great story!  It never would have occured to me to even invite a piano player to a session, much less expect him to bring his own instrument.  Do you have to have help hauling it in, or is it light enough to transport on its own?"
Apr 22, 2012
Jenni left a comment for Dave Marlatt
"Hi Dave!     I hope you find this site as interesting as I do.             Jenni"
Apr 20, 2012
Jenni posted a blog post

Pardon me while I sound off again...

I play in a Celtic Rock band.  There, I said it. At one time, the guitar wasn't considered a traditional instrument. And fiddles? Those are Italian in origin. Yet, no one would question their validity at any Irish Session. (And don't get me started on my ancestral country's contribution: The oh so German accordian.) These instruments became part of the tradition by being played by people who loved our music, and wanted to make it their own. The love of the music is what draws us all together.…See More
Apr 19, 2012
Jenni replied to Tony Lawless's discussion So whats your plans for St. Patricks Day ?
"I have 7 St. Patrick's-related gigs scheduled:  A parade followed by a fundraising concert Saturday morning with my pipe band.   4 gigs with my celtic rock band, starting Thursday and Friday night in Kalamazoo, Michigan, winding up in…"
Mar 10, 2012
Jenni replied to Tony Lawless's discussion So whats your plans for St. Patricks Day ?
"No "Irish on Ionia" for you then, Bruce?"
Mar 10, 2012
Jenni replied to Dhomhnaill A. Lopez's discussion The Session & Whisky (or Whiskey) in the Jar
"Until recently, our local session was held in a coffee shop/bar combo, which nice if you wanted a Bailey's and Coffee, which I frequently did, but more often than not, I was flying on just the caffeine.  (Oh, Barista!  Great creator…"
Mar 10, 2012
Jenni commented on TradConnect's blog post The Chieftains instruments travel to Space
"Wow... how did I miss this last year?  Thank you for sharing."
Mar 4, 2012
Jenni posted a blog post

It's that time again...

Time to get ready for those St. Patrick's day gigs. Some of us go out busking. Some of us have paying gigs lined up. Some of us may just be going on a pub crawl with a tin whistle in our pocket. No matter what your venue, here's a thought when pulling together your set list:Put something your audience will recognize up front.Many of us will be playing venues where Irish Music is not the normal musical fare. You may be sick of singing Danny Boy, or playing Irish Washer Woman, but there are two…See More
Mar 1, 2012
Jenni commented on Mark Gilston's video
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Mark Gilston - The Road to Lisdoonvarna

"One of my favorite tunes, and you played it so well!  Thank you for sharing!  I just also watched a few of your other videos, you have real (reel?) talent on the mt. dulcimer."
Feb 18, 2012
David Henderson commented on Jenni's blog post I will never pay for the “privilege” of playing for the public.
"I think the figure of $10,000 was what I remember from the Reader's Digest in the dentist's many moon ago.  But the principle was the same!  Thanks for the message!"
Feb 18, 2012
Jenni commented on Jenni's blog post I will never pay for the “privilege” of playing for the public.
"That's a beautiful story about Caruso!   I hadn't heard it before, and now I shall be sharing it everywhere citing you as my source.  (And $10,000 was not small change back at the turn of the last century!)"
Feb 18, 2012
David Henderson commented on Jenni's blog post I will never pay for the “privilege” of playing for the public.
"I have played many, many times for charity fund-raisers.  My photo on the left was taken at a free festival.  That's all great.  I have found it prudent to ask what the charity is for and I will only play if I am in sympathy.…"
Feb 17, 2012
Jenni commented on Jenni's blog post I will never pay for the “privilege” of playing for the public.
"I've even thrown a few bucks into the donation bins myself at some venues.  But as an invited performer, you shouldn't feel obligated to put in additional money. "
Feb 16, 2012

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Mendon
Your County or State
MI
What Instrument ( inc Voice ) Do You Play ?
Bagpipes, tin whistle, bodhrun
What level are you at ?
Intermediate Level 2 (5 years+)
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I may the the Great Highland Bagpipes as my main instrument of choice, but I have almost as much fun playing tin whistle at the local sessions.

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The Right Way to Praise a Band.

Posted on March 5, 2013 at 23:26 0 Comments

“You guys are awesome.” “You're so talented.” “You must be a natural.” No. Just no.

Patrick's day is coming up, and once again, we're overbooked and underappreciated by a lot of our venues. It brings to mind a story from St. Pat's two years ago.

We were playing a venue that had various…

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Pardon me while I sound off again...

Posted on April 19, 2012 at 1:53 0 Comments

I play in a Celtic Rock band.  There, I said it. 

At one time, the guitar wasn't considered a traditional instrument. And fiddles? Those are Italian in origin. Yet, no one would question their validity at any Irish Session. (And don't get me started on my ancestral country's contribution: The oh so German accordian.) These instruments became part of the tradition by being played by people who…

Continue

It's that time again...

Posted on March 1, 2012 at 1:30 0 Comments

Time to get ready for those St. Patrick's day gigs. Some of us go out busking. Some of us have paying gigs lined up. Some of us may just be going on a pub crawl with a tin whistle in our pocket. No matter what your venue, here's a thought when pulling together your set list:

Put something your audience will recognize up front.…

Continue

I will never pay for the “privilege” of playing for the public.

Posted on February 16, 2012 at 0:59 4 Comments

More than once, I have been asked to play my Great Highland Bagpipes at a fund raising event, only to show up at the gate and be asked to pay the cover charge to get in. Fortunately, in each case, I was able to get hold of someone in charge and bypass the gate fee. In each case though, at least a few of the other musicians seemed to think I was being arrogant and insisting on some special accommodation. One fellow musician even came up to me and told me I was…

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At 0:37 on April 23, 2012, Dave Marlatt said…

Do you think everyone was pleased with the London Grill for the session? Nice to have heat. Seems like we played a lot of tunes today. 

At 11:48 on January 16, 2012, James C Rathbun said…
Any chance you were at Evart Michigan one year and helped me tune up a set of practice pipes? I remembered you (or that person) had a cold at the time.
At 4:47 on November 16, 2011, Marjorie Baker said…

Hi Jenni, welcome to the group.

At 1:50 on October 16, 2011, Bruce Evans said…

Glad you decided to join up, Jenni. I have found that if you want to get something out of this site you have to do something. There are a lot of lurkers here. Got any vids of Belfast Gin you could share?

At 18:38 on October 15, 2011, Tony Lawless said…

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