not without mustard


He is never sober but when he is either sleeping or piping, for his repast partakes too much of the pot to keep him sober in his feeding. He is generally more careful how to get a coat for his pipe than his child.
“A Piper,” in Richard Brathwaite, Whimzies (London, 1631).

It is customary to end a play (or website, in this case) with a jig. Academic pursuits aside, I’m passionate about the traditional folk music of Ireland and the related musical traditions of Scotland, Northumbria, Galicia, Asturias, and Cape Breton.

I play uilleann pipes (the traditional bellows-blown Irish bagpipe), whistles, piano, guitar, tenor guitar, tenor banjo, whistles, saxophone, and Scottish smallpipes, but will happily pick up anything within reach if left to my own devices...

I’ve played with David Hyams and the Miles to Go Band since 2008, and put on occasional concerts with other local Irish folk musicians as “Morris and the Cuttlefish.” I have composed a traditional-style waltz and two jigs (one in G major and another in A major).

© 2011– Brett D. Hirsch