Books

Irish Songs For Guitar
One of Acoustic Guitar Magazine's "Private Lessons" series (March 2004)


Articles for Acoustic Guitar Magazine

Protecting Your Music and Your Wallet
Article appeared in Acoustic Guitar Magazine, April 2002

Habib Koité—Out of Africa
Article appeared in Acoustic Guitar Magazine, February 2002

Jet Propelled— Celtic Guitar Whiz John Doyle Flies Solo
Article appeared in Acoustic Guitar Magazine, December 2001

Ry Cooder, Ambassador of Culture
Article appeared in Acoustic Guitar Magazine, October 2000

Crazy Dreams (Paul Brady)
Article appeared in Acoustic Guitar Magazine, September 2000

The Celtic Invasion
Article appeared in Acoustic Guitar Magazine, July 2000

La Comparsa (Eliades Ochoa)
Article appeared in Acoustic Guitar Magazine, December 1999

Malian Guitar
Article appeared in Acoustic Guitar Magazine, 1999

World Music Salad (Henry Dikongué)
Article appeared in Acoustic Guitar Magazine, September 1998

Guitar Masters of Madagascar: A player's guide to an amazing world of music
Article appeared in Acoustic Guitar Magazine, November 1997

Martin Simpson: Making the Steel Strings Sing
Article appeared in Acoustic Guitar Magazine, March 1997

 

Articles for Mandolin Magazine

Dusty Tunes From the Attic
Article appeared in Mandolin Magazine, Winter 2011/2012 issue
Printable Tab: “Rakes of Clonmel”

Further Adventures in the Victrola Tradition
Article appeared in Mandolin Magazine, Fall 2011 issue
Printable Tab: “Gneeveguilla”

A Look At Plaintive Breton Dances
Article appeared in Mandolin Magazine,  Summer 2011 issue
Printable Tab: “Breton Dances”

Spinning New Tunes Out of Old
Article appeared in Mandolin Magazine,  Spring 2011 issue
Printable Tab: “The Pickle”

Pinkie Control
Article appeared in Mandolin Magazine,  Winter 2010/2011 issue
Printable Tab: “Con McGinley’s Reel”

A Québecois Five-Four-Three Tune
Article appeared in Mandolin Magazine, Fall 2010 issue
Printable Tab: “La Gigue à Pierre Chartrand”

Minimum Work, Maximum Effect
Article appeared in Mandolin Magazine,  Summer 2010 issue
Printable Tab: “The High Jig”

Swinging Across Bar Lines
Article appeared in Mandolin Magazine,  Spring 2010 issue
Printable Tab: “Bus Stop Reel”

How Quickly They Change
Article appeared in Mandolin Magazine, Winter 2009/2010 issue
Printable Tab: “Ronde de Voyageur”

San Francisco, County Galway
Article appeared in Mandolin Magazine, Fall 2009 issue
Printable Tab: “High Level Hornpipe”

Enter the Transcription Curmudgeon
Article appeared in Mandolin Magazine, Summer 2009 issue
Printable Tab: “The Gold Ring”

Waltzing’s For Mandos
Article appeared in Mandolin Magazine, Spring 2009 issue
Printable Tab: “Florence in Florence”

Where the Novel Meets the Tune
Article appeared in Mandolin Magazine, Winter 2008/2009 issue
Printable Tab: “The Mecklenberg Reel”

All Hail the Hornpipe
Article appeared in Mandolin Magazine, , Fall 2008 issue
Printable Tab: “Harvest Home”

What a Difference a Century Makes
Article appeared in Mandolin Magazine, Summer 2008 issue
Printable Tab: “Maid Behind the Bar”

Keeping It Reel
Article appeared in Mandolin Magazine,  Spring 2008 issue
Printable Tab: “The Maids of Mt. Kisco”

Putting the Grace in Grace Notes
Article appeared in Mandolin Magazine, Winter 2007/2008 issue
Printable Tab: “The Banks of Lough Gowna”

The Gentle Art of Listening
Article appeared in Mandolin Magazine,  Fall 2007 issue
Printable Tab: “Gan Aimh”

Time and Space
Article appeared in Mandolin Magazine,  Summer 2007 issue
Printable Tab: “Minnie Foster”

Reels à la Mode
Article appeared in Mandolin Magazine, Spring 2007 issue
Printable Tab: “The Girl Who Broke My Heart”

More Than Jigs and Reels
Article appeared in Mandolin Magazine, Winter 2006/2007 issue
Printable Tab: “Mick Carr’s Highland #1”

Breaking the Rules – Part II
Article appeared in Mandolin Magazine, Fall 2006 issue
Printable Tab: “The Musical Priest” and “Up the Crooked Spire”

Breaking the Rules
Article appeared in Mandolin Magazine, Summer 2006 issue
Printable Tab: "Austin Barrett's Jig"

Steal From the Best
Article appeared in Mandolin Magazine, Spring 2006 issue
Printable Tab: "The Otter's Holt" and "The Mad Otter's Holt"

How a Piper's Despair Can Be a Mandolinist's Joy
Article appeared in Mandolin Magazine, Winter 2005/2006 issue
Printable Tab: "The Piper's Despair"

Trusting the Tune
Article appeared in Mandolin Magazine, Fall 2005 issue
Printable Tab: "Paddy Fahey's Reel"

Mandos & Bouzoukis: Kissing Cousins
Article appeared in Mandolin Magazine, Summer 2005 issue
Printable Tab: "Nothing Can Sadden Us"

The Odd Case of the Scottish Thumbprint
Article appeared in Mandolin Magazine, Spring 2005 issue
Printable Tab: "The High Reel" (B part) and "Blair Athole"

Farewell to a Celtic Star
Article appeared in Mandolin Magazine, Winter 2004/2005 issue
Printable Tab: "The Mason's Apron"

Chromatic Flights of Fancy
Article appeared in Mandolin Magazine, Fall 2004 issue
Printable Tab: "Miss McLeod's Reel"

Triplets, Anyone?
Article appeared in Mandolin Magazine, Summer 2004 issue
Printable Tab: "Spirit of the House"

A Sweet Song For Spring
Article appeared in Mandolin Magazine, Spring 2004 issue
Printable Tab: "The Rambler From Clare"

Adding Bagpipe Spice to a Mando Reel
Article appeared in Mandolin Magazine, Winter 2003/2004 issue
Printable Tab: "Timour the Tartar"

The Joy of Walking Bar Chords
Article appeared in Mandolin Magazine, Fall 2003 issue
Printable Tab: "The Boys of Ballinafad"

Variation on a Celtic Theme
Article appeared in Mandolin Magazine, Summer 2003 issue
Printable Tab: "Cahir's Kitchen"

All Over the Place
Article appeared in Mandolin Magazine, Spring 2003 issue
Printable Tab: "Janine's Reel"

Time Sliding Within the Tradition
Article appeared in Mandolin Magazine, Winter 2002/2003 issue
Printable Tab: "The Gravel Walks Jig"

The Welsh Take Their Hornpipes Nice and Slow
Article appeared in Mandolin Magazine, Fall 2002 issue
Printable Tab: "Gypsy Hornpipe #1"

Yes, There Is a Spanish-Celtic Connection
Article appeared in Mandolin Magazine, Summer 2002 issue
Printable Tab: "Aire de Pontevedra"

A Rock and Roll Celtic Cat
Article appeared in Mandolin Magazine, Spring 2002 issue
Printable Tab: "Where's the Cat?"

Touches of Sweet Harmony
Article appeared in Mandolin Magazine, Winter 2002 issue
Printable Tab: "Banish Misfortune" melody and harmony

Keeping a Sweet Irish Song Sweet
Article appeared in Mandolin Magazine, Fall 2001 issue
Printable Tab: "I Know My Love"

The Shapes of Things
Article appeared in Mandolin Magazine, Summer 2001 issue
Printable Tab: "Tobin's Jig" and "The Cliffs of Mostar"

An Energy Kick From Key Changes
Article appeared in Mandolin Magazine, Spring 2001 issue
Printable Tab: "The Pinch of Snuff"

A Memory From Dublin When It Sizzled
Article appeared in Mandolin Magazine, Winter 2001 issue
Printable Tab: "The Tipsy Sailor Reel"

Reelin' and Rockin'
Article appeared in Mandolin Magazine, Fall 2000 issue
Printable Tab: "The Gravel Walks"

That Sneaky Celtic Snap
Article appeared in Mandolin Magazine, Summer 2000 issue
Printable Tab: "The Coleraine Jig" ornamented

The Darker Side of Irish Jigs
Article appeared in Mandolin Magazine, Spring 2000 issue
Printable Tab: "The Coleraine Jig"

How to Make an Irish Jig Sound Properly Irish
Article appeared in Mandolin Magazine, Winter 1999 issue
Printable Tab: Accompaniment to "The Rambler"

Celtic Mandolin—So, What Makes it Celtic?
Article appeared in Mandolin Magazine, Fall 1999 issue
Printable Tab: "The Rambler"


Other Articles

Robin Williamson: Songwriting and the Bardic Tradition
(May 1999)