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Cliff Ermatinger

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    Highland pipes, Baroque violin, Irish whistle, pheasant hunting, fly fishing, translating ancient texts, reading and writing books. German, Hungarian, Latin, Greek, Italian, Spanish, Hebrew, and a little English I learned as a child.
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  1. Mike, I was so moved by your interpretation of JS Bach. Thanks so much for sharing it with us. Can you please let me know where I can find the music you used? Cheers. Cliff
  2. Sehr schön gespielt, John! Vielen, vielen Dank!
  3. Thanks to all of you for your time, attention, and counsel. I had a good conversation with Wim this morning which helped clear up a lot for me. He's fine with me sending the Rochelle and replacing it with a Jackie. To your point, Ted, Wim helped me see better which one I ought to opt for given my goals, both long term and short. And yes, Jim, Liam played an EC. In a moment of insomnia last night I saw some videos on youtube and could confirm this. Thank you, Don for the link to Mike's fine example on youtube - delightful. His sound and Frank Hansen's are really what I'm after. Withe GHB in my rearview mirror and being new to the violin, this concertina venture comes as quite a surprise to me. I never expected to be taken with it but look forward to playing some simple tunes soon.
  4. Thanks so much for your kind response, Don. Very helpful. This is all new to me. I'm trusting switching out the Anglo for one you propose won't prove too cumbersome for the dealer. I'll enter into direct contact wth him today, God willing, and see what can be done and which will serve my purposes. I'd be happy if I could just play a few O'Carolan tunes well, that's all. Have a blessed new year, Don.
  5. This is my first post. I can't say I'm a newby since I haven't even begun yet. My only exposure to the concertina was seeing Liam Clancy play a few introductory notes to The Leaving of Liverpool or something (can't quite remember, I was 15, had a few Guinness in me and, besides, I played the Highland pipes, tin whistle, bohdran and wasn't interested). Nearly 40 years later, a shoulder injury put an end to my piping, so I began to learn the violin. I wanted to concentrate on Baroque since I'd always loved it since I was a child. I was not interested in Scottish or Irish fiddle music - although, I thought I'd make an exception and learn Carolan's Concerto. While looking for some examples on youtube to help me I came across David Hansen's version of The Fairy Queen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jRTtVLdDPA Such beauty and simplicity. I listened to it several times. I hadn't been so moved by a tune in along time. A few more times listening to it and I knew I had to learn this piece, but not on the violin. I ordered a Rochelle Anglo which ought to arrive tomorrow. I'd be happy if that were the only tune I learned on the concertina. In an ideal world (I haven't quite located it yet), there would be a beginner's instructional book and dvd focusing on this tune. If anyone knows of anything approaching this I'd be most appreciative.
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