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  1. Here's "Crabs in the Skillet" from Horslips' wonderful, quirky album "Drive the Cold Winter Away" (1975).  The unaccompanied english at the beginning doesn't have the punch of an anglo (or of Monty Chiton above), but it remains a nice part of the arrangement when the other instruments kick in and buttress it. That album also makes good use of the english on a couple of imaginative O'Carolan arrangements.




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  2. When I started playing, and this lungs/bellows thing was an issue, I would play simple tunes ("Twinkle twinkle", "Oh Susannah", whatever) at a slow pace and just concentrate on breathing steadily while I played.  This helped to decouple the functioning of my lungs with the operation of the bellows.  It is sort of a humorous problem, but a problem nonetheless.

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  3. My link to the Jackie Daly tune works on my computer; Stephen Chambers' link, which is identical, says "video unavailable" to me.  Oh the Mysteries.....


    I hope that the two links end up covering the waterfront.  Daly's concertina playing is so strong and, by most contemporary ITM standards, so unadorned that it's really worth hearing.


    Thanks to Jewish Leprechaun for raising the topic and to Stephen Chambers for that interesting background on the instrument.

  4. In 1985 Bertram Levy (anglo) and Peter Ostroushko (mandolin, fiddle) released an album on Flying Fish called "First Generation" that had an eclectic selection of traditional tunes, including klezmer and eastern European.  It was a great anglo album, a great mandolin album, it had a tight and unobtrusive rhythm section of guitar and bass, it was well recorded.  It never should have gone out of print, but I don't think it ever even made it to CD.


    What was the question?  Oh right.  Bertam Levy.  He's had luck playing klezmer on an anglo.

  5. I've been struck, when the playing of an outstanding musician inspires me to learn a tune,  and I reach the point of  attempting to play along with the recording, how fast they're often playing.  Whoa!  It didn't sound that fast before!  That's because they're relaxed, and they can play with speed without sacrificing phrasing.  Speed isn't necessarily a problem, but sounding frantic is.

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