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The Britches Full of Stitches

Posted on April 7, 2007, under creative commons, general, music.

The first traditional tune I ever learned was a great polka called “The Britches Full of Stitches”. I learned it when I was 7, on the Fiddle, from a great man called Des Carty, there’s now a school of music named in his honour in Tallaght. It’s a very simple tune, I learned it after Twinkle Twinkle, and it took about 2 weeks of practise.

Because it’s a starter tune, there are very few recordings of it, so I’ve decided to make at least one. I’ve chosen a really simple tune because I want to record something which gets across how important accompaniment is in traditional music. I play the melody pretty straight, with cuts, the occasional roll and slurs being the only forms of ornamentation (I’m no Seamus Egan), and I’ve left a piece without any accompaniment at all, so that you can tell just how primitive my melody playing is under it all.

But the accompaniment itself is where the magic is, and trust me, playing like that is hard. Despite playing the tune 7 times over, the accompaniment is never the same, and for the most part it’s syncopated and the right hand is doing a lot of work. The aim is to lead the beat, to make it easier to dance to, or rather to want to dance to. When I play polkas like this, a lot of people remark that it’s similar to the playing of Steve Cooney or Jim Murray, but personally I don’t it much resembles it (apart from being 2/4 and fast). In parts, it can sound like Donogh Hennessy’s style, but I guess really it’s my own.

What I find most fun about being able to play accompaniment is that you can light up even the simplest or dullest of tunes (or players, being honest!) if you do it really well, you can layer enough interest and dynamism into the harmonics to achieve an awful lot! It’s brilliant fun.

direct mp3 link.

Anyway, both the guitar accompaniment and melody were recorded in the DADGAD tuning, with the capo at the 7th fret to put it in A (the tune is in A major). The Bouzouki is tuned ADAD, with a capo at the 7th fret again. The backing was recorded very first (accompaning nothing) and then the melody played over. I cheated and used a metronome to count out the gap though. Like everything on my blog, it’s CC licenced (Attribution 2.0)

Let me know what you think. It sure is lively!

Copyright your CV!

Posted on May 17, 2005, under creative commons, general.

Right, well, lets see if this thing works then. After posting on ILUG about my, deserved, hatred of recruitment companies, I got no less than 6 people asking me if they could use the same copyright tactic as I am to guard against recruitment frauds.

First I should ‘fess up. This idea isn’t mine, Colin reminded me of it recently, but we came to know of it through Andrew Barnes and SAGE-AU where the Australians have been using a similar approach for some time.

The text below is entirely mine (although I’ve corrected the silly mis-spelling of purported) which means no lawyer or anyone with anything more than a passing familiarity of copyright law was involved in its construction. We could do with a nice, legally-reviewed, equivalent. Here’s the text of the license anyway:

This CV is copyright [YOUR NAME HERE], [YEAR]. You may not modify this CV. You may not distribute this CV to other parties without my express, written permission. In particular, I do not wish to be represented by any agency or third party and consent only to the use and distribution of this CV for the purposes of the immediate position(s) for which I have applied. If you have received this CV from an agent purporting to represent me, please contact me at the above email address or phone number.

Creative Commons doesn’t have a 2.0 non-attribution sharealike license, and attribution is very inappropriate in this circumstance, as is requiring a license to accompany what already is a license. As such, I’m granting a permanent free (as in beer) license to modify, copy, distribute, display or make any use of the above license. If anyone has a better license they can suggest, feel free to mail me!