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  2. Daniel Hersh

    Reel titles?

    I don''t know the name of the tune, but here's a link if anyone wants to listen: https://comhaltas.ie/music/detail/comhaltaslive_537_9tour_of_ireland_concert_in_bru_boru_cashel/
  3. Jim Besser

    Sessions In London

    It was a fine session indeed, as was Chris Shaw's the following evening at The George. Wish I was going again this year.
  4. Yesterday
  5. Kari

    Jeffries Bb/f

    Hi Jim, Is this concertina still for sale? best, Kari
  6. Fred Dellar

    Anglo Wanted

    I have a 30 key C G Lachenal for sale
  7. John Adey

    Need some help, Pairing a tune with Scarborough Fair

    George Fox, the major founding father of the Quakers, wrote that some words 'speak to thy condition'. That expression catches, for me, something of what I experience with certain traditional tunes from my native England and from many other different countries. The ones I am attracted to 'speak to [my] condition'. Currently, for instance, I'm working on a set comprising the Playford tune 'Bobbing Joe' followed by a Swedish tune, 'Slangpolska efter Juringius'. They are both in A minor and start with the same fifth interval but have differing rhythms; sufficiently similar but sufficiently different to fit together yet to have contrast. So, in answer to the original question, my view is put Scarborough Fair with whatever fits for you, no matter from where it originates.
  8. Don Taylor

    making a jig for springs

    I bought some phosphor bronze wire from the Instrument Workshop in Oregon, their .035 Premium coil works well for me. http://www.fortepiano.com/index.php/products-menu-item/wire-menu-item/copper-alloy-menu-item/phosphor-bronze-menu-item
  9. Don Taylor

    Need some help, Pairing a tune with Scarborough Fair

    Not at all, it is the pairing that is the issue. What if I proposed pairing some Glenn Miller with Beethoven or maybe some Straus with some hip-hop? English and Irish traditional music are both excellent, and I speak as an Englishman with Irish grandparents, but they are different traditions and often sound and, more importantly, feel quite different from each other. Anyway, anybody can do what they like to any tune, the folk police have been disbanded. BTW. My reference to Ewan Macoll is there to show that this is not a new debate, it has been active from at least the 1950's.
  10. Wolf Molkentin

    Need some help, Pairing a tune with Scarborough Fair

    Hi John, I can easily sympathise with that too in a way. It’s again the apodictic manner of communicating a point of view... Best wishes - 🐺
  11. This has been discussed several times before, you may for example start here (there are other back links to previous threads in that thread).
  12. Little John

    Need some help, Pairing a tune with Scarborough Fair

    How about pairing it with John Kirkpatrick's As the sun was setting? Similar feel to both - I think they would blend well. Whilst I'm no purist myself, I have some sympathy with Old Nic's viewpoint. As it's an English song my first thought would be to look for an English tune to complement it.
  13. nicx66

    Anglo Concertina And Cello.

    They just wrapped up a short tour of Ireland! I pleaded for a US tour, fingers crossed! I know that Rushed has also played the Greyfox music festival, which overlaps with Irish Arts Week, only a few miles from each other. I think he played Greyfox with Crooked Still. I sure hope they make it stateside, but I understand that it is very difficult for musicians from Ireland to make any money doing it "on the books" as a touring musician.
  14. I am interested in making a simple jig for springs to replace them when they fatigue and break. It has happened twice in the last 2 months so I am anticipating future spring failure. I have done a good bit of carpentry over the years and made jigs for window sash, etc. My concertina is a 30 key Connor C/G, his standard model. I had to salvage a couple of springs from a spares/repairs concertina that I have, however I realize that the springs are made to fit and not interchangeable. I watched an instructional youtube video on making this type of jig. I am curious about where to source the right gauge/type of wire and whether or not I should stick with the type that John Connor used? It seems quite thin, but I am sure that he used it for a good reason.
  15. RAc

    Need some help, Pairing a tune with Scarborough Fair

    So, to paraphrase you: 1. I, having been born and raised in Germany, am not allowed to listen to, let alone actively engage in, folk music and traditions of other people (for example not English although 90% of my active repertoire consists of traditional English Folk) and are obliged to stick to wherever I was arbitrarily born into? 2. The folk ensemble I am a member of that is committed to bringing people together and help them understanding each other by embracing folk cultures all over the world is wrong (their repertoire contains music from South America, Asia, the Near East, Europe, Scandinavia, America, Russia and so much more)? 3. There should not be Morris dance groups or bagpipe societies outside the UK (or strictly speaking only parts of it)? 4. All the worldwide choirs, folk dance groups and bands that are open minded enough to enjoy music from many places around the worlds are illegal and should be forbidded or dismantled? 5. Music like this here should not exist? I am asking in this provocative manner because I'm sure I habe misinterpreted your post (I can't believe anybody these days is as backwards as the post insinuates). Thanks!
  16. Wolf Molkentin

    Need some help, Pairing a tune with Scarborough Fair

    one more thing: "bloody muzak" is generally and rightfully disrespected for being soulless, that's what I've been presuming that is
  17. Wolf Molkentin

    Need some help, Pairing a tune with Scarborough Fair

    I can only repeat myself, however deem that necessary here: Your argument, Nick, should exclude 90 % or more of active folkies, as they are not acting and playing strictly according to the respective traditions. Would you opt for controlling the quality or honesty of any folk musician? their knowledgeability? Apart from that, and again without any preference for "world" hotchpotches on my side, who are you, or we, or anyone, to rule over purity vs. cross-fertilisation or invention or simply personal taste? Not a path to take IMO...
  18. OLDNICKILBY

    Need some help, Pairing a tune with Scarborough Fair

    We ,collectively, are the carriers of our oral and aural traditions. It therefore behoves , each and everyone of us, to nuture and foster the knowledge and respect for that History. Like any language whether it be English, French, German or Urdu it is a Grade One A Star listed Building. It is incumbent on us to help with the education of Musically semi-literate audiences. It is Music not Bloody Muzak Don The Cash is in the Post( Will it get through Canadian Customs though M'Duck?) Pounds 5 Pounds is a good song and well worth a look and a listen
  19. Dowright

    MacCann 46 button

    2133 is a standard 4-digit serial number for a Lachenal duet concertina. All Lachenal duets, Maccann and Crane, had 1-to-4 digit serial numbers. Lachenal did not have 4-digit batch numbers. No 2133 was made circa 1901.
  20. Don Taylor

    Need some help, Pairing a tune with Scarborough Fair

    You are the ghost of Ewan Macoll and I claim my 5 pounds! Don. (Actually, I do agree with Owd Nick).
  21. W3DW

    Need some help, Pairing a tune with Scarborough Fair

    Our audiences are our musical partners as well, and few members here would recognize the unmixed ITM session if it were presented. They will be happy to hear Scarborough Fair, and may enjoy the less familiar Drowsy Maggie and Fig for a Kiss as well.
  22. wayman

    Sessions In London

    Also, here's the Folk London Club Guide (last updated a few weeks ago, so seems to be well-curated and likely reliable!).
  23. wayman

    Sessions In London

    First Sunday (so, the 3rd of June this year) at the Horseshoe, from noon to three or so. This session had maybe half a dozen concertinas of all systems, plus me and Jim Besser, last June. Very friendly and welcoming, great tunes (if you like English tunes!).
  24. Wolf Molkentin

    Need some help, Pairing a tune with Scarborough Fair

    Hi Nick, I'm not sure if the kind of respect you're claiming here is realistic. Few of us play in a traditional style in any stricter sense. Ornamentation f.i. is rather personal and not according to particular (unwritten) rules. So couldn't merging an English with an Irish tune rather be regarded as a matter of personal candor...? N.B. I greatly respect and appreciate the keepers of traditions, whereever the "folk process" may lead them. OTOH the omnipresent "balfolk" genre (how ever attractive to the dancers) is not to my liking in terms of the music as the beauty of distinct tunes seems too much be getting in the rear this way. But pairing two tunes I (or any fellow player) truly love (and thus am able and inclined to let shine) should not be discounted as evil or worthless or offending IMO. Best wishes - Wolf
  25. OLDNICKILBY

    Need some help, Pairing a tune with Scarborough Fair

    Scarborough Fair is an ENGLISH TUNE. Why on Earth mix it with Irish tunes. Look at English Country Dance Tunes or Playford or even some of the tunes in Folk Songs from Florida. Please respect the Tradition and do not merge it into an amorphous World Music Mush
  26. Ken_Coles

    Sessions In London

    Reviving this thread to ask a similar question - I'll be round London the first week of June and will have my eyes and ears open for chances to meet up! Ken
  27. Daniel Hersh

    piccalo 32 button anglo , looks to be Bb/F on ebay

    How do you know it's a piccolo, or its key?
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