Random musical musings

In this blog we're going to be musing about all things musical.  Folk musical that is, probably, although can't promise we won't be dabbling in other genres too.

Coronavirus / Covid-19 Update

During the current troubling times we would like to reassure everyone of the measures we are taking during these troubling times.We're currently still open & taking orders, and will update...

Our Bands - how it all started

Folk musicians don't tend to earn a lot.  It's one of those careers that people pursue for the love of it and not purely for money.  A bit like nursing, or...

Celtic Designs

The Celtic Nations It's generally accepted that there are six Celtic nations:    Brittany (Breizh) Cornwall (Kernow) Wales (Cymru) Scotland (Alba) Ireland (Éire) The Isle of Man (Ellan Vannin). Languages Brittany,...

How to learn folk tunes by ear

Anyone can learn to play by ear and don't let anybody tell you otherwise! Don't believe any of the rubbish some people say like "I'm too old to learn by ear"...

Recommended folk tune books

Here's a list of some of my favourite tune books.   O'Neills Music of Ireland If you fancy wading through over 1000 Irish tunes (many of which you'll probably never hear...

Folk Session Etiquette

Here are some guidelines for you, based on many years playing in pubs.  Hopefully nothing too contentious in there, but feel free to comment if you think appropriate. ListenWhen you...

About Mudchutney

I should probably start by saying I'm a massive fan of celtic and folk music. Don't let that put you off though, if you're new to the world of folk...

How I got into folk music...

How it all started, and how I got into folk music.  Starting aged 5 on the piano, to learning folk tunes by ear in the back room of a pub, to bands, to proper "sessions"

Welcome to the Mudchutney Blog

Welcome to the Mudchutney blog, in which we're going to be sharing our musical musings.