David James' Music Website!
Founded November 12, 2001
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David James is on the radio. Wednesdays from 10 p.m. until midnight eastern time: WSND-FM 88.9: Celtic Traditions. OR listen live on your computer at wsnd.nd.edu. If you're far away and you hear my show, write to the e-mail address below and tell me where you heard Celtic Traditions!
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Not a lot happening these days, but stay tuned. New set and new performing schedule in 2014.
Welcome to Tiompán Alley!
Take what you need, but do me a few favors. Tunes and songs written by me, and arrangements on the MP3's are copyright (c) by me. Contact me for recording rights, but play them and sing them if you like them (but for heaven's sake give me some credit‚ I need all I can get).
Any printed stuff you may reproduce as long as you leave my name and contact information at the bottom. If you are going to publish them for profit please contact me for some just compensation.
Bios, Photos, MP3's:
Your First Five
Who, What, Why, When, Where?
NEW! Kids Fiddle! - fiddle site for little kids and little-kids-at-heart. I only have two tunes on it now but it's gonna grow.
Diary: The ongoing story of this web site, observations of all kinds mostly on musical subjects, life, teaching and personal appearances.
Tiompán is the Irish language word for hammered dulcimer. For me, using it implies respect for traditional style and the comradeship of the worldwide traditional music family.
Everything underlined is a clickable link to another page.
BOOKING INFORMATION, biographies and photographs of David James, David James and Kim Hoffmann, songs I wrote, songs I sing, my own tune compositions, some of my favorite traditional tunes.
Workshops/ teaching handouts!
Through the years, I've developed some ideas and methods for teaching hammered dulcimer, fiddle, tin whistle, bodhrán, accompaniment, etc., into handouts. Watch this site for audio downloads for learning tunes and method.
First Five: (under construction) beginners tutorial covering every aspect I can think of to help you learn to read music and play your first five Irish tunes on the fiddle, tin whistle and hammered dulcimer.
Festival workshop hand-outs, start here.
Photograph Gallery, Recordings
Personal appearances, students, friends, mugging, weddings, wakes.
SOME IMPORTANT UPDATES:
Jan 7, 2014 Lotta stuff happening. I'm going to start paying more attention to this site and put more music and writing, so I hope to reward frequent visits. Come back soon.
Palm Putter my friend Richard Biggs has, maybe, revolutionized golf putting. He's also a top-class violin repair person and bow maker.
July 10, 2009 New duet and trio tunes for Evart Festival
August 12, 2008 Here goes the new OLD TIME MUSIC PAGE with MP3s, resources, sheet music, links and soon many other things.
June 14, 2008: Thoughts on Indiana higher education tuition costs, etc. Caution: political
May 18, 2008, more stuff in the Freedom Summer '08 Resource Page