The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #39538   Message #561476
Posted By: Jon Freeman
29-Sep-01 - 04:24 PM
Thread Name: How can they play that fast?
Subject: RE: How can they play that fast?
Frank, that leads me on to other thoughts and to drift a bit.

I had a conversation with someone else in the session I go to and Gerry O'Connor was mentioned. He said "Gerry O'Connor is a perfect technition but not a musician" and I sort of agree. Gerry O'Connor plays fast, cleanly, in time, loads of triplets on the tenor banjo - sort of stuff you go "WOW I wish I could do that to" and yet after a while, I tend to think "Yeah very clever but so what?" and I'd rather listen to say Barney McKenna who is nothing like as flashy with triplets, etc but a far more musical player to me.

Just what makes that "musical" bit or my perception of it?